Organised by the UK government and with the help of some top creative organisations, the festival (the first of three) aims to be a dynamic celebration of creativity in business. Seeking to encourage a new dialogue between global enterprises, the festival gives participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how creativity, from Britain and beyond, functions.
Live talks, panel debates and one-to-one networking sessions between respected businesses from Turkey and Britain will take place over three days. The festival concentrates on the industries of fashion, design, luxury, technology, education and food and drink, and will also showcase interesting designers and brands in those industries. Some names to look out for are the British fashion designer Christopher Raeburn; the London-based design studio Oliver Ruuger, which makes luxury accessories, exquisite objets d’art and unique sculptural products; Universal Everything, a pioneering company specialising in producing motion-captured videos; Crafted, a mentoring programme which aims to connect successful and emerging businesses; and the Cotswold restaurant The Wild Rabbit.
Sessions will be held by the Greek, London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, known for her hyper-real and paradisiacal prints; the director of BBC Worldwide Tim Davie; the Cairo-born, London-based cookery writer Claudia Roden, whose recipe for yoghurt soup can be found in Turkish Cookery; and the director of the V&A Museum, Martin Roth.
Main image shows Mary Katrantzou, from her website.