Interface: A Digital Networking Event for the Cultural Industries

Posted on Tue 1 Apr 2014
Interface event

We are excited to announce that Interface is coming to Bristol, and you can apply now to participate in this fantastic event. Conceived by Shakespeare’s Globe as a space for discovering talent and forging links between large cultural institutions and young ambitious digital companies, the event is a great opportunity to share ideas and network with the cultural sectors leading digital commissioners.

Following the inaugural event last year in Brighton, this year’s event will take place on Mon 12 May at Bristol Old Vic who, alongside Watershed, are acting as regional partners.

We are looking for lean digital start-ups, agencies or freelancers to get involved. Whether your talents lie in games, pervasive media, CMS or GPS, if you think what you do has a place within the remit of these amazing companies:

•                Shakespeare’s Globe

•                BBC

•                National Theatre

•                Penguin Books

•                Royal Albert Hall

•                Channel 4

•                Glyndebourne

•                London Philharmonic Orchestra

•                Barbican

•                Royal Court Theatre

...then Interface could be for you. The event will incorporate digitally minded creatives from across many different disciplines. If you're an author, animator or a games maker; a whizz at info graphics or a branding ace, apply for a chance to grow your network.

Persistent Peril, who participated in last year’s event says:

“Interface was unique in creating an equal setting for both the potential clients and studios. The meetings were communications rather than pitches, which gave both parties the opportunity to say and show what they can do, or what they were looking for. As a small ambitious independent animation studio it helped us build strong relations with organisations that we hope to work with well into the future. The event was also directly responsible for bringing us work with The Barbican and The Globe, who we potentially would not have had the opportunity to meet with at this stage.”  

Harper Ray of Shakespeare’s Globe who founded the event, says:

“Interface gives us an opportunity to keep our organisations on the cutting edge by finding the best talent across the UK. I hope that by connecting companies in this way, the top digital work finds a home, no matter what the scale of the creative organisation. We are delighted to have formed the partnership of such diverse cultural organisations in our shared hope of nurturing emerging talent. This year will be bigger and better.”

Victoria Tillotson of Watershed, says:

“We’re thrilled to partner with Shakespeare’s Globe and Bristol Old Vic on production of Interface. The event offers an important opportunity for businesses of differing scales to begin direct conversations, which we hope will lead to exciting future projects. We’re really looking forward to the event, and seeing just what happens as a result.”

Bristol’s event will include a panel discussion, a keynote speaker, bespoke 1-2-1 meetings to share ideas and business as well as an open networking session, with ten of the UK’s most famous cultural brands.

The deadline for applications is Mon 21 April. Find out how to apply.