The So Creative Summit was established by the British Council to bring together young creative hub managers and creatives in South Africa, Sub - Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom .

Innovating around practice, business models and opportunity, the So Creative 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.


SO Creative Summit

The first So Creative Summit was launched ​​in Johannesburg, South Africa, under the leadership of Arterial Network South Africa (Feb 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) with partners Manchester International Festival (MIF) and Common Purpose South Africa (CPSA).

This latest edition of the So Creative Summit was co-curated with the core cohort from BASA’s Cultural Producers Programme, also delivered in partnership with Manchester International Festival and Common Purpose South Africa, and supported by the British Council Creative Economy Programme. 

So Creative 2022 ‘Enterprise in Motion’ was a purpose-driven programme of talks, workshops, immersions and experiences set to super-charge creative and innovative entrepreneurs, curious minds and raw ambition with a power-pack of new ideas and action post-Covid. Click here to find out more about the 2022 programme and contributors, and here to access the digital content.

Continuing the conversation, the Cultural Producers Programme cohort collaborated on various Creative Hustle events, podcasts and written pieces from October 2022.  You can engage with that fresh content on the Media and Blog pages.


Continuing the conversation on written pieces from October 2022.


Inspired by the work and guiding principles of adrienne maree brown.


for updates on the upcoming 2023 So Creative Summit!