REMIX Academy: Creative Cities – Nurturing Creative Communities

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A special conference on the Sunshine Coast will explore the key ingredients that contribute to creative cities and communities

The globally renowned REMIX arrives in the Sunshine Coast for the first time in September. The REMIX Summits take place annually in London, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai and Sydney, and explore the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship.

Previously been held at venues including MoMA and the British Museum, REMIX Summits bring together thought leaders from across different industries – from Michael Bloomberg to NASA – in order to tackle the big ideas shaping the future of the creative industries and the creative economy.

“Real disruption occurs when you have senior innovators from the likes of NASA, Cirque du Soleil, Spotify and MoMA in the same room,” says Peter Tullin, co-founder of REMIX Summits. “This is ‘remixing’ and it’s creating a whole new approach to innovation in the creative economy – the fastest growing industry sector around the globe.”

The upcoming REMIX Academy summit has been developed to explore the ingredients needed to nurture creative cities and communities.

 “REMIX explores the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship – three key ingredients of the ecosystem that is alive and flourishing here on the Sunshine Coast,” says Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson. “There is no better place in Australia to host this event and I look forward to welcoming our international and local speakers and summit delegates.”

Speakers on the day include:

Andrew Kalish – director of cultural development at Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and recently named one of the 100 most influential people in the Brooklyn culture scene, Andrew is a key player in the development of the Brooklyn Cultural District, one of the world’s leading urban creative hubs. He will share the secrets behind this success.

Hannah Barry – one of the UK’s leading creative innovators will tell the story behind Bold Tendencies, which transformed a disused multi-storey car park in Peckham into a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery and dynamic urban social space.

Jonathan Robinson – the co-founder and director of Impact Hubs will also travel from the UK to join the conversation. Arguably the most successful co-working movement globally, Impact Hubs provide physical spaces in over 80 global cities to over 15,000 members offering access to events, knowledge, investment and tools to help start and grow social enterprises.

Alan Crabbe – Crabbe is the co-founder of Pozible, a crowd funding platform that enables great ideas to happen by empowering creators and connecting communities. Pozible has generated over $45 million to date, launching over 10,000 projects.

Damian Borchok – Borchok spent seven years as CEO of Interbrand Australia before co-founding For the People, who work with entrepreneurial leaders to envision and launch new businesses and remake existing organisations for the digital age. Damian has worked on Brand transformations for Telstra, Alzheimer’s Australia and SKY TV NZ; and cultural projects for Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia and Griffin Theatre Company.

Michelle Tabet – an urban strategist who is the co-curator of this year’s Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Tabet is the founder of Left Bank Co, which is in the business of “making cities meaningful”. Tabet will provide insights on the future of cities. 

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