Cornish creativity is celebrated and explored this week at the Eden Project, as part of Creative UK’s Creative Coalition Festival 2022, the UK’s biggest festival for the creative industries.

Tomorrow (Feb 1), representatives from Cornwall’s creative community join leading figures from the UK-wide creative sector for a full day of events in the Rainforest Biome at Eden. These sessions are presented online later in the week as part of Creative Coalition Festival, which runs from February 1-3 and is open access and free to attend.

The headline event is Culture and the Climate Emergency, an exploration of how leading creative practitioners approach making work about the climate emergency, supported by ERDF Cornwall.

The session is chaired by Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England and features a panel including artist Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, filmmaker Mark Jenkin, poet and performer Vanessa Kisuule, and Leap founder Matt Hocking. The discussion covers how they use their work to influence others to care more, and do more, in response to the climate crisis.

For Place and Purpose, the UK Games Fund’s founder and chief executive Paul Durrant OBE looks at creating games with social and commercial impacts and investigating what that means for the UK Games Fund and Cornwall Games.

In Engaging with Sustainability on Screen, the BBC’s TV lead for sustainability, Gaby Hornsby, joins members of the Cornish TV and Film industry to discuss how the BBC and other broadcasters are working with production companies to authentically incorporate sustainability on screen across fact and fiction.

Virtual and Immersive Futures features demonstrations and a roundtable discussion on the opportunities facing Cornwall and other rurally dispersed communities.

Programme & engagement manager of Creative UK, Charlotte Bond, said: “While much of this year’s Creative Coalition Festival is presented virtually from across the UK, I’m thrilled we can gather together leading practitioners from both Cornwall’s creative industries and the UK-wide creative sector in person.

“The Eden Project’s iconic Rainforest Biome provides an inspirational and appropriate backdrop to discuss the importance of using our collective creativity to protect our planet, and explore the opportunities doing so presents Cornish creatives.”

To register for a free ticket and to view the full programme, click here.