Monday, 7 November 2011

Driving Investment and Growth! British Council to hold Creative Industry Expo on December 5 – 7

The British Council in Nigeria has announced the first edition of the Creative Industry Expo – a three event to deepen exchange and knowledge between creative businesses in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The event holds at the Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos on 5 – 7 December 2011.

“Our work focuses on creating opportunities especially through the wide resources available via a UK-Nigeria synergy,” said Olamipo Bello, who is Project Manager with the Council. “An opportunity for awareness, growth, development, trade and investment in the Nigerian Creative Industry. We have re-freshed our programmes targeted at that sector and this is the major beginning of a range of projects.”

The 3 day event covering a range of activities that will Present an opportunity for creative businesses in the UK and Nigeria to draw attention to the potential of the creative economy, through showcases that will encourage trade and investment; and Present opportunities for information exchange and networking between creative businesses in the UK and Nigeria, capacity building, access to services/ support in the creative industry and policy dialogue to support the growth of the Nigerian creative industry.

The expo will feature:

Exhibition Stands - access over 80 individuals/organisations from the UK and Nigeria offering a wide range of services and support

LIVE creative showcase - be inspired by exclusive film screenings, exhibitions, and performances

Conferences – Listen and participate as high profile speakers discuss the creative industry, its potential for growth and the key issues facing it.

Policy Dialogue - have your say as Nigerian government officials including leaders of regulatory agencies in the creative sector and their UK counterparts discuss and find solutions to the key issues facing the sector

Workshops - get advice from leading experts on Intellectual property, funding and other essential topics

Clinic Sessions - Meet one to one with a specialist advisor to discuss issues peculiar to your business

Meeting zone: participate in discussions or simply relax.

Speakers will include leading professionals in the various sectors of the creative industry in the UK and Nigeria, top officials from ministries and regulatory bodies and funding organisations. The full list of speakers is on the website

Participants will include government officials including leaders of regulatory agencies in the creative sector and their UK counterparts, UK and Nigerian Academics in creative industries Companies, organisations and individuals that operate in various creative industry sectors including but not limited to: Advertising, Architecture, Heritage and Museums, Crafts, Design, Designer Fashion, Film/Video, Photography, Software, Computer games, Electronic publishing, Publishing, Television and Radio.

To participate, register online at to showcase your creative business or participate in the workshop/conference sessions. Free websites to be developed for businesses registered as exhibitors on the expo website.

You can also get more information about Speakers, Registration and the Expo programme on or on Facebook and Twitter via CreativeExpoNG.

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