A Run Down of Manchester Creative Industry Events in 2019


Manchester is a city with a thriving creative scene, and this is reflected in the dozens of creative industry events held in the city throughout the year. So what can you look forward to in 2019? Here are some of the key creative industry events to put in your calendar.

1. Creative North 2019: The Future of Content

When: June 7, 2019

Where: Royal Exchange Theatre

Creative North 2019 features a whole day of networking and exploring new concepts in the creative industries. This year’s event is called ‘The Future of Content’, and it takes a detailed look at the future of content creation, copywriting and the marketing industry in general.

Seven speakers will be in attendance including Anna Pickard from Slack, Dr Francesca Sobande (a lecturer in digital media studies) and Robert Richie (Head of Organisational Development at the University of Salford).

Go along to take part in Q&As, listen to presentations on the evolution of content and

Collaboration, and enjoy some excellent networking opportunities.

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2. Maker Meet Up

When: July 11, 2019; 6-8pm

Where: Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Maker Meet Up is a free event for makers in Manchester and beyond. It welcomes enthusiasts in any area of craft and design, both novices and professionals alike, for an evening of networking and sharing ideas.

Get advice from professionals in the craft industry and make new contacts. It’s a great place to go for anyone who is keen to connect more with the arts and crafts community. Making can be a lonely business, so this is a place to share ideas and meet new people in a friendly and welcoming setting.

3. BlogOn

When: May 4, 2019

Where: Hotel Football

BlogOn is the annual conference dedicated to bloggers in Manchester and the UK. It caters to bloggers in all genres, and it focuses on everything from content creation to photography, technology and brand relationships.

Lots of brands will be here, making it a good opportunity to introduce yourself and your blog and make important contacts. It’s also a good place to learn more about blogging in a relaxed and friendly environment with plenty of discussion and interactive sessions.

4. DesignOps Global Conference 2019

When: May 30-31, 2019

Where: The IXSD Academy

DesignOps Global Conference is one of the most important events of the year for designers, developers and product managers. This year, leading designers and developers will talk about how they are helping businesses create new products using DesignOps. It provides a place to share ideas and different approaches, as well as to discuss the key issues designers face.

Lots of speakers will attend this year, including Doug Powell, the VP of IBM Design, plus many other designers, authors and thought leaders.

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5. Creative Craft Show

When: September 5-7, 2019

Where: Eventcity

The Creative Craft Show is the place to go for enthusiasts in creative crafts including knitting, dressmaking, stitching and jewellery. Industry experts will be on hand to provide information and advice, and it provides a great opportunity to find out about the newest innovations in the world of crafts.

Find new kits, patterns, tools and accessories at numerous stalls providing plenty of opportunities to find what you need for your projects. Or join in with the Make & Take workshops to explore new crafts with help from the experts. You can get a pass for one, two or three days, so pop along and enjoy.

6. Talent Development Surgeries

When: April 24, 2019

Where: Ground Floor Bar, HOME

The Talent Development Surgeries at HOME provide an opportunity to discuss your creative projects with experts for free. HOME is one of Manchester’s most exciting creative venues, and the surgeries provide a way to connect with talent development producers, get career advice and find out about opportunities in the industry. Perhaps you’re planning to start a business in Manchester and you want some professional advice, in which case this a great place to go.

The surgery is hosted by Alice Wilde, who specialises in visual arts, plus there will be a team of people working across disciplines. You need to book your place, but you can turn up without preparing anything.

While you’re here, check out the other events at HOME, like the ‘Making The Most Of Instagram’ workshop on May 1st, 2019.

7. MIF19 – Manchester International Festival

When: July 4-21, 2019

Where: Various Venues in Manchester

MIF19 is one of the biggest festivals of the year in Manchester, and this year’s full line-up has now been announced with some big names in attendance. The celebration of theatre, music, art and performance is this year focusing on the theme of peace.

Yoko Ono will launch the festival with the help of an orchestra of bells provided by 8,000 members of the public in Cathedral Gardens. As part of the festival, David Lynch is taking over HOME to present his first UK exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture. There will also be live shows by musicians inspired by his work.

At Manchester Art Gallery, Cuban artists Tania Bruguera will present the School of Integration, and actor Idris Elba will also be attending.

8. Manchester Jazz Festival

When: May 23-27, 2019

Where: St Ann’s Square

Not strictly a creative industry event, but we just couldn’t help but include the Manchester Jazz Festival, as it’s the longest-running music festival in Manchester. The festival showcases some of the world’s best contemporary jazz and takes place across a number of free stages and gigs around the city. This year it’s teaming up with the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Tickets cost from just £5.

There are lots of confirmed artists including Andy Scott, Julian Siegel Quartet, Tippett & Bourne + Isotach, and Crispy Tenors, so if you love your jazz, this is the place to be.

Book the Dates

These are just a few of the big creative industry events going on this year in Manchester, featuring everything from design to crafts to content and more. There’s a lot going on, and it’s going to be a busy year. So book your place at any that look interesting, and make sure you don’t miss out on any of the best creative events in 2019.

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