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Interface comes to Bristol

Published on Friday, 25th April 2014
On 12 May 2014, Shakespeare's Globe takes its innovative digital/cultural networking event Interface to Bristol.

On 12 May 2014, Shakespeare’s Globe takes its innovative digital/cultural networking event Interface to Bristol. The free speed-dating style event breaks the mold of business-to-business relationships giving small and emerging digital companies and artists coveted face-to-face contact with world-renowned organisations in the Creative Industries, including BBC, Channel 4 and National Theatre.

Bristol SMEs can apply online for free at shakespearesglobe.com/interface. Applications close on Monday 28 April.

Held at Bristol Old Vic and in collaboration with Watershed cross-arts venue, 32 start-up digital suppliers selected by Shakespeare’s Globe will get vital face-to-face contact with the Partner Organisations from across the cultural industries, in curated networking sessions. These include: National Theatre, Penguin Books, Royal Albert Hall, Channel 4, Glyndebourne, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Barbican, Royal Court Theatre, BBC and Shakespeare’s Globe itself.

Interface is for animators, games makers, IP creators, authors, specialists in infographics and CRM, hack and lab agencies and all SMEs involved in digital creativity or service providers. The progressive event targets the issues faced by companies at both ends of the spectrum with large organisations pressurised to be at the cutting edge of new and fresh interpretation, and young ambitious start-ups struggling to be seen by the 'behemoths' that could commission work and raise their profile.

Animation and motion studio Persistent Peril got involved in Interface 2013 when the small company was just a year and a half old: “Interface led to us working directly with Shakespeare’s Globe and Barbican” says Sam Bourner, Producer at Persistent Peril. “The idea of Interface is quite pioneering: it encourages a new model of working between large and small companies. When you meet these companies yourself, you can develop a direct, personal link which leads to a more creative working relationship.

“Since Interface we have secured London based representation, employed more freelance staff, and expanded our studios. It has proved absolutely transformative for us as a small creative business."

Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of Online at Channel 4 says: “We’re very happy to be involved with Interface this year. Channel 4 was set up to take risks, to be experimental and innovative and to work in partnership with independent companies from around the UK. Globe Education’s Interface is exactly our kind of thing. I’m sure it will prove fruitful for us given Bristol’s wealth of digital creative talent.”

Neil Constable, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe says "We are delighted to be taking Interface to Bristol this year following last year’s inaugural and highly successful event in Brighton.  It is a chance to discover talent and an exciting new platform to forge links between some of the country's leading creative organisations. As part of the Creative Industry Economy we are vital to the UK providing one out of every 12 jobs*." 

Interface is at Bristol Old Vic, 12 May 10.00-6.00pm. Apply for free online at shakespearesglobe.com/interface