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Call for applications – Kick Start: Cardiff!

Professional exchange programme in Cardiff bringing together international and Welsh creative changemakers.

Take part in Visiting Arts’ Kick-Start: Cardiff professional exchange programme for creative changemakers looking to propel their careers.



Please fill out the relevant the application form below:

Deadline for applications has now passed

Application is free of charge. Online applications only.

The programme is free to attend for the selected delegates. UK/ Welsh delegates are responsible for their travel/ accomodation costs.


As part of a series of events produced for Creative Tracks, aimed at connecting creative entrepreneurs worldwide, Visiting Arts will host a three day exchange and networking event in Wales from 16-19 October 2017 – linking with SWN Festival, celebrations for Creative Cardiff’s Second Birthday, and the launch of the European Network EASTN 2.


Kick-Start: Cardiff aims to be a catalyst event bringing together emerging international creative voices with the thriving arts and creative industries scene in Wales to explore their value and role in regeneration. Among the high level speakers and trainers including design and media entrepreneurs, lawyers and policy makers, we are pleased to announce that John Howkins, author of ‘The Creative Economy’ and Ann Harrison, author of ‘Music: The Business: The Essential Guide to the Law and the Deals’ will be joining us.


The event will invite delegates to exchange ideas on three key themes:

– urbanisation

– how the arts and creative industries are driving regional/ rural economies

– workspaces and new ways of working


Gain new knowledge and skills, pitch your projects and calls for collaboration, and make exciting international connections for life!


The programme includes a workshop day, an arts and law seminar, a panel discussion event and lots of networking opportunities, with the chance to pitch your work to industry experts and potential investors.


Kick-Start: Cardiff is produced within the framework of the EU funded project, Creative Tracks, with the support of the European Union, Wallonie Bruxelles International, Shenzen Design Week and the Asia­Europe Foundation.


The Kick-Start: Cardiff is proudly run in partnership with Welsh Government, Cardiff Council, Arts Council of Wales and its international arm Wales Arts International, Creative Cardiff, Cardiff University, British Council, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Geldards LLP, SWN Festival.



Upcoming artists and creative entrepreneurs – particularly those in the fields of music, TV, product design, or whose work connects with the fields of science and technology.



Monday 16 October

All day International delegates arrive and meet with organisers.

18:00 – 19:00 Welcome dinner

19:00 – 21:00 “Show and Tell “evening reception in partnership with Creative Cardiff to celebrate their second birthday.


Tuesday 17 October

09:00 – 15:00 Training/exchange workshops with UK and international participants. Lunch provided.

18:00 – 21:30 #Swn10 documentary screening


Wednesday 18 October

10:00 – 12:00 Arts, Creative Industries and Law Conference in partnership with Geldards.

14:00 – 17:00 Masterclasses

19:30 – 21:30 Evening reception and concert with Swiss Ambassador at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama


Thursday 19 October

09:00 – 11:00 Networking breakfast opened by Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure. Panel discussion including report on the exchange workshop day.

13:00– 15:00 Walk through Bute Park to the Castle for a drinks reception hosted by Cardiff Council.

15:00 International delegates depart or can choose to stay on for SWN music festival

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