This was a four-day online gathering from 16 to 19 March 2021 in partnership with the Design Center of the Philippines

Through Drivers of Change, we recognised the achievements of our Creative Innovators Programme (CIP) and celebrated the networks we have been working with since 2018. Local communities in the Philippines shared inspiring stories of innovation and resilience along with the international collaborations and connections underpinning their success.

Read British Council's statement on the International Year of Creative Economy here.

Our stories of impact

  • Over the past three years, we focused our work on the creative economy in Southeast Asia on creative hubs that bring together people who work in the creative and cultural industries. We see hubs play an integral role in the growth of the creative economy, gathering and representing creative communities.
  • In the Philippines, our partnership with the Design Center of the Philippines under the Department of Trade and Industry has been a crucial part of our work, through the Creative Innovators Programme.
  • This three-year programme has resulted in rich networks and created real impact on a personal, community and international level.

Hubs responses

We gathered responses from creative hub leaders on an inclusive and grounded future for the creative industries. Watch this video produced by our friends from Screenasia.

Creatives on act of releasing colourful paper planes inside an auditorium
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Recci Bacolor 

Topics and themes of Drivers of Change

Day 1, 16 March, 17.00–18.30 (Philippines)/ 9.00–10.30 (UK)

Amplifying the social impact of hubs – Partnership building in boosting creative ecosystems. In this session, our speakers will discuss how creative hubs are making an impact at individual, community and national levels, playing an integral role in the growth of the creative economy. For the past years, we’ve commissioned a report to map creative hubs, as well as a study on their social impact, which helped us develop impactful programmes.

Day 2, 17 March, 17.00–18.30 (Philippines)/ 9.00–10.30 (UK)

Codesigned – Creative cities and communities working together. We will discuss the UNESCO Creative Cities Network bidding process. Local and international creative hubs will showcase how they are leading the creation of more innovative and inclusive cities.

Day 3, 18 March, 17.00–18.30 (Philippines)/ 9.00–10.30 (UK)

Creative innovators – Stories of resilience and collaboration. This session zooms in on the ‘creative value added’ of hubs and the success stories and collaborations coming out of our Creative Innovators Programme (CIP).

Day 4, 19 March, 17.00–18.30 (Philippines)/ 9.00–10.30 (UK)

Welcoming the year of the creative economy – Policies and practices to support the creative economy. Key stakeholders from government and development sectors will have a dialogue on what policies and practices are needed to support a successful creative economy in Southeast Asia.

Full four-day programme

Download the programme here.

Profile of speakers

Get to know all our speakers; download their profiles here.

Presentations and recorded sessions

Day 1, 16 March - Amplifying the social impact of hubs – Partnership building in boosting creative ecosystems Presentations Video
Day 2, 17 March - Codesigned – Creative cities and communities working together Presentations Video
Day 3, 18 March - Creative innovators – Stories of resilience and collaboration Presentations Video
Day 4, 19 March - Welcoming the year of the creative economy – Policies and practices to support the creative economy Presentations Video

For inquiries and other concerns, send an email to arts@britishcouncil.org.ph.

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