Co-organised by the British Council, Areté and DTI - Design Center of the Philippines, in partnership with Thames International and the Foundation, Creative Communities Unite was a three-day conference that brought together some 200 creative hub managers, community leaders and creative entrepreneurs from Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and other Philippine cities. It was an opportunity for these creative communities to share best practices and explore potential future collaborative opportunities. 

Creative Communities Unite featured dynamic speakers from creative hubs from the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia. Rachael Turner of MadLab, Manchester (UK) talked about how MadLab started, their motivations and learnings. Ee Soon Wei of APW Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, shared his experience in transforming a former printing factory into a creative hub.

The conference also served as the culmination of our Creative Innovators Fellowship launched last year aiming to support the Philippines’ creative industries and build more inclusive cities and communities. Our 15 Fellows, through their creative hubs, will support and help hundreds of creative entrepreneurs, designers, and artists from all over the Philippines.

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