CIF launches int’l advisory council in wake of Brexit vote

The UK-based Creative Industries Federation has launched an international advisory council in an attempt to safeguard Britain's position as a "global cultural powerhouse" following the Brexit referendum.
July 15, 2016

The UK-based Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has launched an international advisory council in an attempt to safeguard Britain’s position as a “global cultural powerhouse” in the wake of last month’s Brexit referendum.

The council, established in late 2014 and working prior to the European Union vote on June 23, intends to explore global opportunities while looking to uncover alternative methods, policies and innovation across creative industries and cultural education.

CIF serves as a representative body for the UK’s arts and creative industries, and cultural education. The association had previously weighed in on the nation’s decision to part from the EU, with a prior member survey revealing that 85% of its supporters had intended to vote to remain.

The international advisory council will be chaired by UK diplomat and former foreign policy adviser Tom Fletcher, and will feature an assortment of British and international media experts.

The first confirmed members of the council include Hasan Bakhshi, senior director of creative economy and data analytics at Nesta; Anne ­Britt Gran, director for the Centre for Creative Industries at Norwegian Business School and secretary for the Norwegian Government Council for Cultural and Creative Industries; Ruth Mackenzie, artistic director at Holland Festival; and Phil Thomas, chief executive at Lions Festivals.

Earlier this month, British organizations from across the creative sector appointed Pact UK chief executive John McVay as chairman of the newly formed Creative Industries Council working group.

That organization aims to assemble experts from across the creative fields to evaluate business critical priorities for each sector following the Brexit decision, and will share its findings with the CIC and the UK’s Culture and Business Secretaries next month.

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