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SoCreative Summit

Innovating around practice, business models and opportunity, the SoCreative Summit is a live event that invites the creative sector to the table to workshop, discuss and hear from leading voices within the cultural community.

Take two days to supercharge your creative instincts. The SoCreative Summit is a fast-paced, action-packed programme of ideas, discussions, workshops, experiences, encounters and more.

In 2024, the Summit will be held at Victoria Yards in Lorentzville, Johannesburg on the 9&10 May from 8am-4:30pm (stay for the networking afterwards). The SoCreative Summit is free to access but a place must be booked to avoid disappointment. Tickets that will not be used should please be given back 48 hours before the Summit begins to allow someone else a chance to attend.

The SoCreative Summit is a gathering of creators, innovators, dreamers, designers, artists and inventors. Ready to shape the future? Come and connect and be inspired!

A project of the British Council Creative Economy Programme, the first SoCreative Summit was launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, under the leadership of Arterial Network South Africa in February 2019.

The second meetup happened in Zimbabwe, under the leadership of Stimulus Africa Foundation (March 2020). In light of COVID-19, a Digital MeetUp took place in 2021, and 2022 saw a return to a physical Summit, with digital elements, led by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). The programme was co-curated with the core cohort of BASA’s Cultural Producers Programme, and was delivered in partnership with Manchester International Festival and Common Purpose South Africa.

Click here to find out more about the 2022 programme and contributors, and here to access the digital content from the 2022 SoCreative Summit.


for updates on the upcoming 2024 SoCreative Summit!

The SoCreative Summit is a British Council public event focused on igniting creative ideas, enterprise and inspirational networks.

The event is presented by British Council and Business and Arts South Africa with the support of the Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE).