Announcing REMIX Academy event – Creative Cities – Nurturing Creative Communities


Join us for a special one-day REMIX Academy event on September 5th on the Sunshine Coast where leading urbanists will explore the ingredients you need to nurture creative cities and communities. Cities around the globe are striving to create innovation districts and grow the creative industries - but how do we move beyond the cookie cutter approach of trying to replicate the ’Silicon Valley model’ towards building a more complex creative ecology with arts and culture embedded at their core - a formula which is driving the growth of the creative industries and the tech sectors of cities such as Berlin, London and New York.

Hear from Andrew Kalish, Director of Cultural Development at Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Recently named one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture, Andrew is a key figure in the development of the renowned Brooklyn Cultural District, one of the world’s leading urban creative hubs.

Hannah Barry, one of the UK’s leading creative innovators joins us to tell us the story behind the incredible Bold Tendencies which transformed a disused multi-storey car park in Peckham into a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery and dynamic urban social space responsible for turning the area into one of London’s leading creative locations.

“A new generation of artists have turned an unlikely corner of southeast London into the capital’s cultural epicentre.” 
- Vogue

“There are few initiatives taking place anywhere in the UK that match the verve with which the Bold Tendencies Team have taken advantage of the opportunity offered by Southwark for the imaginative use of derelict space”
- Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate

Jonathan Robinson, Co-Founder & Director of Impact Hubs also joins the conversation. Arguably the most successful co-working movement globally, Impact Hubs provide physical spaces in over 80 global cities to over 15,000 members offering access to events, knowledge, investment and tools to help start and grow social enterprises.

The event also features Alan Crabbe, Co-Founder of Pozible, which has have generated over $45 million to date, launching over 10,000 projects. Damian Borchok, Co-Founder, For the People also joins us. Damian spent spent 7 years as CEO of Interbrand Australia before embarking on his new ventures which works with entrepreneurial leaders to envision, articulate and launch new businesses and to also help remake existing organisations for the digital age. Damian has worked on Brand transformations for Telstra, Alzheimer’s Australia and SKY TV NZ; place-making programs for The Rocks and Darling Harbour; and cultural projects for Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia and Griffin Theatre Company. We are also joined by urban strategist Michelle Tabet, who is the Co-Curator of this years Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Her background includes heading up Arup’s urban informatics team in Sydney.

Find out more here.



Over the last year, the REMIX Agency has been working with the team at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to develop ACMI X; a next generation facility for creative entrepreneurs exploring the future of the moving image. ACMI X represents the first collaborative working space for the creative industries set up by a major cultural institution in Australia.

ACMI X is a 60 seat co-working studio and social and events hub in a 2000sqm state of the art office space, designed by award winning architects Six Degrees and located in the heart of Melbourne’s flourishing Southbank arts precinct.

The vision of ACMI X is to connect makers, thinkers, viewers and players in a vibrant space – both physical and digital – a range of cross disciplinary practitioners will co-work alongside ACMI’s curatorial, production and administrative staff, creating a dynamic engine room for the museum of the 21st Century.  ACMI X will house the game changers that are shaping the way we create and consume content helping nurture the new creative businesses and cultural entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  From tech start-ups to film makers, script writers to game and app developers; graphic and web designers to visual artists,

The ambitious initiative will foster creativity and collaboration, experimentation and inspiration and will expand the way ACMI engages with industry and practitioners. By shifting to a model of co-creation with new collaborators and partners, ACMI is redefining its role as commissioner and curator, and embracing creative risk and experimentation, to develop a new type of creative institution.

ACMI X opened for business in April 2016. Applications are now open via

REMIX Agency have also generated new ideas, strategies and research for clients including the Houses of Parliament, Dubai Culture, Tate, BFI, Google, Nesta, European Union, City of London, Skype, School of Life and The Independent. Find out more about our projects here.

Experience 6×9 at REMIX Sydney – a Virtual Reality project by The Guardian


The Guardian is bringing their first virtual reality project ’6×9′ to REMIX Sydney for attendees to experience. 6×9 places viewers in a virtual solitary confinement cell, telling a story of the psychological damage that extreme isolation can cause. An estimated 80,000 people are currently in solitary confinement in the US. They spend 22-24 hours a day in their cells, with little to no human contact for days or even decades.

Located in the REMIX Ideas Brewery, ’6×9′ can be experienced on June 2.

REMIX Sydney 2016 … our biggest summit yet


Join us on June 2-3 at Sydney Town Hall to explore the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship and discover the big ideas shaping the future of culture, creative cities and technology

Take a look at the short film of last year’s event to see what all the fuss is about.

Hear from 100 inspirational creative speakers including:

▪ Gillian Ferrabee, Director, Creative Lab, Cirque du Soleil
▪ Damian Totman, Global Creative Director, Bloomberg, New York
▪ Chris Michaels, Head of Digital & Publishing, British Museum
▪ Jon Penn, Managing Director, BBC Worldwide
▪ Leslie Koch, President & CEO, Governors Island (New York)
▪ Steph Tully, Executive Manager Group Brand and Marketing & Chief Marketing Officer, Qantas
▪ Chris Janz, CEO, Huffington Post (Australia)
▪ Ann Bray, Interim CEO, Office of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA)
▪ Dr Jeffrey T.K.V. Koh, Assistant Director & Lead UX Strategist, National Gallery Singapore
▪ Jay Morgan, Group Digital Creative Director, J. Walter Thompson Worldwide (JWT)
▪ Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne
▪ Nicola Harvey, Managing Editor, Buzzfeed
▪ Sam McDonough, Country Manager, Airbnb
▪ Kate Torney, CEO, State Library Victoria
▪ Anna Reid, Chief Marketing Officer, Sydney Opera House
▪ Ben Liebmann, Noma
▪ Ben Barraud, Head of Design, Museum of New Zealand TE PAPA Tongarewa
▪ Lindsay Miller, CEO, Dubai Design District (d3)
▪ Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
▪ Rennie Addabbo, Country Director, Sonos
▪ Nick Reynolds, Chief Marketing Officer – Asia Pacific, Lenovo
▪ Caroline Morgan, Head of Insight and Innovation, Samsung
▪ Grant Baxter, Head of Brand Strategy, Twitter
▪ Alicia Darvall, Executive Director, B Lab, B Corp
▪ Sam Mostyn, Chair, Carriageworks, Chair, Citigroup, Board Member, Virgin Australia and Australia Council for the Arts
▪ Karen Skinner, Country Director,
▪ Justin Dry, Joint CEO & Co-Founder, Vinomofo
▪ Aaron Michie, Director, Guardian Labs
▪ James Tutton, Serial entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Moonlight Cinema
▪ Fran Sanderson, Fund Manager, Arts Impact Fund, Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts) – UK
▪ Kirsty Rosser, Founder & MD, Secret Sounds Connect (Splendour in the Grass)
▪ Linda Bracken, Head of Content & Platforms, ABC Radio
▪ Vanessa Stavrou, Head of Marketing, Contiki
▪ Marcus Westbury, Writer, Broadcaster, CEO, Collingwood Arts Precinct & Founder of Renew Australia
▪ Fiona Phillips, Executive Director, Australian Copyright Council (ACC)
▪ Jon Holloway, Vice President and Managing Director, R/GA

See the full line-up for REMIX Sydney here.

Cross-sector collaboration is at the heart of REMIX, and our social events create unique opportunities to meet other leading innovators from across culture, technology, media, policy and business. Once again we are very excited that our friends at Time Out will be curating our parties and receptions and we are pleased to announce this year’s line-up:

June 1 – Opening Reception – Bloomberg Roof Gardens 

To kick off REMIX 2016 delegates will enjoy drinks in the rooftop garden of Bloomberg’s stunning new skyscraper overlooking the Vivid Light Displays across Sydney’s iconic harbour.

June 2 – Delegate Party – QT Sydney

Back by popular demand after the winning formula of 2015, the awesome QT Sydney art hotel plays host to our Delegate party once again.

June 3 – Closing Reception – Australian Museum

Rounding off the summit, the Australian Museum will host our Closing Party. Not only do we get to enjoy drinks in their amazing new gallery delegates will get to try out David Attenborough’s First Life & Great Barrier Reef Dive Virtual Reality experiences which are being presented at the Australian Museum in partnership with Samsung following their sell-out debut at the Natural History Museum.


Experience Vivid Sydney as part of your REMIX trip


REMIX is delighted to be part of this year’s Vivid Ideas program during Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Vivid Ideas is Asia Pacific’s annual celebration of innovation, creativity and community, and is held as part of Vivid Sydney. Vivid Ideas brings the world’s greatest minds, innovators and industry leaders to Sydney to build engagement between the creative industries and the broader economy, exploring trends, movements and opportunities that shape society and business through public talks, industry seminars, conferences, workshops and debates.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and runs from 27 May to 18 June 2016.

It is a natural fit for REMIX, and we’re proud to officially be part of the Vivid Ideas program in 2016. For more information visit

Image: Destination NSW/James Horan


Announcing REMIX London 2015 – 8-9 December – British Museum & Google HQ


After sell-out events in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and welcoming a record 1,500 delegates over two-days to our Sydney summit in June, our flagship annual European event REMIX London returns once again, this year hosted at the British Museum & Google Town Hall alongside networking receptions at the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch and the new Sonos Studio.

REMIX London explores the intersection of Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship and is a collaboration with partners including Google, Bloomberg, The Guardian, VICE and Time Out.

REMIX tackles the big ideas shaping the future of the arts, the creative economy and creative cities by bringing together pioneers from different sectors including technology, media and culture. REMIX provides a forum for exchanging insights, growing ideas and working together towards common goals.

More information can be found at and a short film of the 2014 event can be viewed here.

Over 75 world class speakers will take to the stage over two days, including:

Simon Woodroffe OBE, Founder, YO! Sushi, YOTEL and YO! Home // Claire Postans, Creative Director, Jamie Oliver Group // Brett Wigdortz, CEO, Teach First // Kerry Taylor, Senior Vice President, Youth and Music, MTV
 // Tom O’Leary, Director of Learning, Science Museum
 // Wil Harris, Head of Digital, Conde Nast
 // Gavin Poole, CEO, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Park (London 2012 Olympic Park)
 // Deborah Shaw, Head of Creative Programming, Historic Royal Palaces
 // Rish Mitra, CEO, Blippar
 // Jonathon Holloway, Artistic Director, Melbourne Festival
 // Frederik Ottesen, Co-Founder, Little Sun
 // Edward Humphrey, Digital Director, BFI
 // Nicholas Lovell, Author, ‘The Curve’ 
// Will Hayward, Chief Commercial Officer, Dazed Group
 // Charlotte Richards, Business Intelligence Strategy and Times & Sunday Times Director
 // Dave Twohig, Head of Design and Placemaking, Battersea Power Station
 // Marc Allenby, Director of Distribution, Picturehouse Cinemas
 // Juliana Biondo, Digital Initiatives Manager, Vatican Museum // Lawrence Crumpton, Developer Platform Evangelist, Microsoft // Tamsin Sharp, Head of Strategy, Royal Academy // Jemima Rellie, Director of Content and Audiences, The Royal Collection
 // Matt Andrews, Chief Strategy Officer, Mindshare 
// Chris Michaels, Head of Digital & Publishing, British Museum
 // Nicole Yershon, Director, Ogilvy Labs // Sam Bompass, Co-Founder, Bompass & Parr // Mark Davies, Communications & Corporate Affairs Director, Post Office


> FUEL THE FIRE (in partnership with Blippar)
Join us around the Blippar Campfire, a space for sharing stories and ideas over a mug of hot cocoa, and continuing the conversations started in the seminars and most importantly, meet lots of new faces.

> IDEAS BREWERY (in partnership with Mindshare)
The Ideas Brewery was launched this year at REMIX Sydney allowing delegates to get closer to the speakers you really want to meet. Continue the conversation by following selected contributors offstage to a further session of facilitated discussion.

Book before 5th November to take advantage of the brilliant early bird deal saves up to £150 or 1/3 off full price tickets! Book here.

The ticket price includes food and refreshments as well as drinks at the two receptions.

Do contact us directly if you have any further questions, otherwise we look forward to hopefully seeing you at REMIX London in December.

Win a trip to REMIX Sydney 2015!


If statues could talk, what stories would they tell?

Do you have a creative idea that will change the way people experience arts and culture?

We’re looking for clever, game-changing concept: it could be big or small, apply to a country town, city, or even the whole country. Here are some examples to get you inspired.

Pitch your idea and you could be off to REMIX, an annual global summit which tackles the big ideas shaping the future of culture and the creative industries—and—have the chance to workshop your idea during a three month mentorship with global communications agency Mindshare.

All entries will be judged by the following panel of cultural movers, shakers and communicators:

- Peter Tullin, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, REMIX Summits
- Tony MacGregor, Arts Editor, ABC RN
- Rachel Healy, Head of Culture, City of Sydney
- Sam Turley, Head of Co-creation Strategy, Mindshare

The prize

RN, in partnership with REMIX and Mindshare, is offering you the chance to win a creative, cultural and technological experience like no other.

Major Prize

- Return flights to Sydney from the nearest Australian capital city (departing Monday 1 June, returning Wednesday 3 June)

- Two night’s accommodation at the amazing QT Sydney Hotel (Monday 1 June—Wednesday 3 June)

- A full-conference pass for REMIX (Tuesday 2 June and Wednesday 3 June)

- Attendance at REMIX reception events and trendscouting

- Participation in “The Ideas Brewery”—Mindshare’s dynamic, interactive space onsite at REMIX for attendees to share and explore their ideas for shaking up the Arts and Culture scene in Australia

The winning entrant may also be offered the following, at the judges discretion:

- The chance to present your winning idea on stage at REMIX

- A three month mentorship with Mindshare (3 hours per month)

- The opportunity to promote your winning idea on

- Participation in a coaching/feedback session with Mindshare and/or and interview/video shoot with ABC RN (Monday 1 June)

Runner-up Prize

- Two full-conference passes for REMIX

You can enter here on the ABC RN website.

REMIX Sydney Speakers announced!

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Lots of excitement in REMIX Towers today as we revealed the latest speakers. It has been a week of big announcements as we are a part of VIVID Sydney which also launched. If you want to see one of the most beautiful cities in the world bathed in dramatic light installations then come and join us. Especially as Vivid Sydney is set to shine even more brightly in 2015 when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas delivers its biggest program yet. For 18 nights, from 22 May – 8 June, Vivid Sydney will again transform the city and harbour.  There  will be over 60 Lighting Installations and Projections. Find out how to plan your time in Sydney here.

The first 30 REMIX Sydney speakers can now be viewed here and our line-up includes  Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Cooper-Hewitt (Smithsonian), the National Design Museum in New York. Seb has created a revolutionary new way to experience the newly remodelled museum with The Atlantic proclaiming ‘the museum of the future is here’.

Closer to home the Sydney Modern project is taking shape and we have challenged Michael Brand, Director of the Art Gallery of NSW to explore the next generation of museum spaces and the blurring of physical and digital.

We hear from the Artistic Director of the Perth International Arts Festival about the story of how some giant puppets brought 1.4 million people onto the streets of the city

The Editor of VICE explores the Future of Entertainment, the CEO of Yahoo!7 looks at how to compete online in a sea of noise and the Regional Director of General Assembly investigates the Future of Education. See all the topics here

They join 75 other inspirational speakers in. Twitter, The Metropolitan Museum, Australian Museum, Google Cultural Institute, MCA, Etsy, ACMI, The Guardian, Dubai Design District, Westfield and Blippar

REMIX Sydney is our Asia-Pacific summit in a series of events in leading creative capitals around the world including London, New York and Dubai. The inaugural Sydney event in 2014 was attended by over 1,000 creative leaders from around the globe. REMIX explores the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship, bringing together thought-leaders from across different industries to tackle the big ideas shaping the future of the cultural and creative industries and the development of creative cities and the creative economy

Image: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia | Mechanised Colour Assemblage – artist impression by Danny Rose & Rebecca Baum

New City of London Research Report by CultureLabel: Cultural innovation and entrepreneurship in London

London is primed to lead the way in cultural innovation according to a new research paper by CultureLabel commissioned by the City of London looking at the soft and hard infrastructure shaping the cultural and creative industries in the UK capital.


The UK, and particularly London, has experienced a ‘golden age’ in  arts and culture over the last decade. While public subsidy has declined in recent years, this has been offset by record investment in cultural infrastructure over the last twenty years. This has helped boost audience numbers and attendance for the arts and spawned a series of cultural ‘mega’ brands with multi-faceted income streams. Increased consumer demand means cultural institutions now have to cater to audiences which are global in nature and increasingly, expand their offer to be ‘multichannel’ (i.e. experienced in more than one way). For example the British Museum’s  live broadcast exhibition, Pompeii Live – this grossed £471,000 at the box office, and reached the UK Top 10.

What is driving cultural innovation in London?

The rise of trends such as  ‘urbanomics’ – business models which focus purely on city consumers – are reshaping the cultural landscape and creative economy in cities.  London is at the forefront of this shift. A concentration of affluent urban consumers hunting for the latest alternative cultural experiences and seeking to escape the uniform offer of clone high streets and copy-cat brands has led to a surge in new creative enterprises such as Punchdrunk, Spectators’ Guild, Ginger Line, The Art of Dining and Secret Cinema.

In addition, the digital revolution has enabled the birth of a growing number of culture start-ups which challenge traditional business models. By intersecting with the technology sector, cultural institutions are increasingly offering up exciting new ways for cultural content to be created and distributed. This is increasingly evident in London – which was ranked first of 30 global cities for ‘technology readiness’ and second for ‘intellectual capital and innovation’ in PWC’s Cities of Opportunity, released earlier this week.

The proximity of London’s technology district to the east, ‘Tech City’, to the City of London, a leading global finance hub, is also helping to accelerate the development of these innovative approaches, by providing opportunities to access capital and a growing number of international venture capital funds with London outposts., and are just a few of the examples of specific culture start-ups alongside other technology companies such as YPlan that are revolutionising tools the sector can use to grow and develop.

Collaborating and innovating for growth

Against this backdrop, our paper looks at how collaboration between different sectors can be fostered to fuel new growth in London’s creative economy, as well as to create resilient business models for arts and culture organisations.

We look at cultural sector innovations in London – such as iCITY, a new digital hub for London being developed on the Olympic Park Site, bringing together arts, technology and start-up organisations. We also consider learning from international examples, such as New INC, a multi-disciplinary lab space for arts and technology collaborations launching this summer at the New Museum in New York, and the new Google Cultural Institute in Paris designed to help the cultural sector co-produce new innovations with one of the world’s leading technology companies.

What next?

The ‘golden age’ can be sustained, if the cultural and creative industries that make London great and help drive its economy, continue to be brave enough to push boundaries, reinvent themselves and reach out to new collaborators.

Click here to read the report.