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CAKE 40: Exploring Diversity, Connecting Creativity


Thursday 08 July 2021
10am – 11:30am


Online, via zoom

About this event

Our next CAKE event takes place on Thursday 8 July where we will be joined by an inspiring panel of speakers, each providing their own insights into delivering inclusive projects in the creative industries, along with practical tips on how to innovate when designing products and services.

Following the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity to take part in breakout conversations with like-minded peers.

Together we will:

  • Highlight the importance and benefits of achieving better inclusivity
  • Discuss ways to move towards a more inclusive workforce
  • Share ideas on how the creative sector can embrace and celebrate diversity


Sarah Perks

Professor, MIMA

Simon McKeown

Reader, School of Computing, Media and Arts at Teesside University

Phil Douglas

Director of Artistic Programmes and Artist Development, Dance City

Shahda Khan

Director, Borderlands Creative People and Places


Whatever your professional background, this event is designed to support potential by inspiring new conversations and allowing introductions to take place that will enable collaboration. The event will take place on Zoom, the video conferencing platform. You don’t need to have an account but we recommend that you sign up for a free account and use the desktop app.

About CAKE

CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) is Creative Fuse North East’s monthly networking event, bringing together businesses, freelancers, academics, charities and creative practitioners from across the Creative, Digital and IT sectors and wider economy. Each themed CAKE event has expert speakers delivering short presentations that explore opportunities and innovation challenges. The events generate debate, explorative discussion and stimulate new innovative ideas by looking at each event’s theme from a variety of different perspectives – in keeping with the event name, attendees enjoy a slice of delicious cake while they network.*

“Not only was the event interesting and enjoyable but, for my company, it was an opportunity to make new connections. It has created new opportunities for Living Archive Limited, at a time in the company’s development where such opportunities are crucial for survival… The CAKE event was a chance to step back for a moment and focus on the bigger picture, and this has been very valuable to me.”

Dr. Nick Williams Founder, Living Archive Limited