On October 26, we hosted and curated the Future Creatives Link-up, connecting over 100 Welsh creatives and industry leaders across the emerging intersection of fashion, music and art in Wales. The event, which took place at Rhostio Café in Cardiff was hosted by Liara Barussi and Cherrelle (Coco) Tucker, sounds from DJ Dan Willow, and guest performances from music group Source.
The event was an opportunity to introduce the Future Creatives plans for 2024 and to open channels for creatives to reach out for collaboration and partnership. We facilitated networking activities by inviting creatives to join groups and answer postcards with questions they would like to ask each other.
Guests were greeted with arrival cocktails, designed for the event in collaboration with Rhostio, inspired by Cardiff, the Caribbean and West Africa. As well as authentic appetisers from Jamaican local street food pop-up, The Real Ting.
The event was curated and produced by Jukebox Collective, with funding support from Arts Council Wales and Vans. Local collaborators included Cherelle Tucker (TalktoCoco), Naomi Ferne, Pierre Gashagaza, Joe Andrews and Tom Swindel.
This event was delivered as a part of our Future Creatives project. The project began in 2021 through a community investigation into the experiences of young black and minority creatives’ in Wales, and has since grown into a highly collaborative and supportive network. The project highlighted a need for more inclusion of creatives in decision-making, community-led initiatives, and tangible long-term support for artists. In response, we have made a commitment towards curating events, and opportunities for this network in 2023. And launching a major event in collaboration with St Fagans museum in 2024.