Morning talks

10.20am - MEET YOUR HOST

Swarzy Macaly - Radio presenter at KISS FM UK


10.30am - WELCOME

Welcome from the Barbican - Nicolette Chin, Assistant Producer (Creative Learning)  & Chris Webb, Creative Learning Curator (Visual and Cross Arts)


10.40am - SKILL

Two Creatives | One from Riga. One from Brixton - Olga & Kay


11.00am - FILM

Staying true to Filmmaking - Alex Browning, Film Director & Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Producer



How to lose your teeth - Bridget Minamore, Writer & Poet


11.40am - MUSIC

How to get your music heard - Sarah Beaumont, Music Producer at BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra


12.00pm - THEATRE

Life in the Theatre: How to make it happen - Astrid Hilne, V&A



Afternoon talks

12.20pm - FILM

Introducing Visual Effects - Amy Smith, Global Head of Talent at Framestore


12.40pm - SKILL

Against All Odds - Juanita Agboola, Founder, Half Full Not Empty


1.00pm - MUSIC

Love music? DICE Does Careers - Becs Beslee, Global Head of Talent at DICE FM


1.20pm - THEATRE

What happens backstage - Zeynep Kepekli, Sadler's Wells


1.40pm - SKILL

How to Build Your Personal Brand - James Bishop, Founder at PlayByPlay


2.00pm - FILM

The highs and lows of being a set designer, Phoebe Platman Set Designer


2.20pm - VISUAL ARTS

Chill & Create -  Carolyne Hill, Designer, Art Director & Enthusiast



Swarzy Macaly is a gifted host and presenter with a natural ability to find the heartbeat of any conversation across all genres including music, film, TV, sport, and current affairs. 

Born and raised in East London, Swarzy is a radio presenter at KISS FM UK and joined the company after winning the KISS Chosen One competition in 2016.

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Carolyne Hill has worked as a graphic designer for over 15 years and a design director for the past 5 years, she is a dedicated and passionate creative with vast experience in graphic design and branding for both small scale and national organisations.


Olga & Kay is an ongoing self-directed project by two creatives. They both have a mutual interest in travelling the world to uncover community spirit and celebrate people everywhere, through photography and print.


James Bishop is the founder of PlayByPlay. A platform that's made making videos really easy. PlayByPlay teaches you everything you need to know on how to produce an edited video using just your phone. Demand for video is sky-rocketing and sharing your story matters more than ever before. 


Zeynep started her career at Arcola Theater in London’s Dalston as a Stage
manager/Lighting technician in 2001. She then moved on to The Old Vic Theatre as a freelance lighting technician. Her involvement with dance started when she joined The Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre in 2004. She joined Richard Alston Dance company in 2008 then became the lighting designer the following year.


Alex Browning went from interning in creative agencies in production, to directing a string of short films across the genres of drama, thriller and fantasy - winning accolades and festival screenings along the way. Hear how he used unconventional tactics to keep afloat whilst staying true to himself as a filmmaker.


Becs Beslee is Global Head of Talent at DICE, the UK’s most innovative live music discovery and ticketing platform. DICE is all about bringing you closer to the artists you love, and the nights out you’ll remember. Based In East London, they're growing a world class team who are making a tangible impact daily and thriving in their career at DICE. 


Astrid Hilne has been a professional theatre practitioner since 1986. Her theatre directing credits include work at the Gate Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith Studio, Bridewell Theatre, Young Vic Studio and Royal National Theatre in London. In the UK she has produced and directed (and translated) tours of new work and foreign classics to art centres and festivals.


Juanita Agboola, is a mental health advocate, go-getter, and founder at Half Full Not Empty. HFNE encourages and equips young people to take a proactive, rather than reactive approach to their mental health. 


Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor is producer and writer based in London. In 2016, her second feature film 'WHITE COLOUR BLACK' premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, and was up for the IWC Filmmaker Award. 


Phoebe Platman is  a London-based set designer/ art director/ set decorator with five years of experience in film, commercials and music videos.

She specialises in dressing location interiors, with a particular interest in urban and immigrant aesthetics, as well as all things kitsch and chintzy.


Amy Smith is Head of Talent at Framestore, a Bafta and Oscar-awarding winning creative studio. It is famous for its VFX work for films such as Gravity, Harry Potter and Avatar.  VFX is an exciting and thriving industry that continues to grow and employs people from hugely diverse backgrounds. From physicists to illustrators, engineers to photographers, the mix of technical and artistic skills is vital to their work.


Bridget Minamore is a writer from and based in south-east London. She has written with the National Theatre’s New Views programme, and at the Royal Opera House. Bridget has also read her work both nationally and internationally, from Cheltenham Lit Fest and the Southbank Centre, to literary festivals in Rome, Vancouver, and Kraków. She has been commissioned by Historic England, the Tate Modern and ESPN, and in 2013 was shortlisted to be London’s first Young Poet Laureate.