Creative practitioners across South Yorkshire invited to storytelling-themed event to meet with industry peers

An event designed to bring together and boost the careers of people working in creative industries and cultural organisations is returning to Doncaster next week.

The upcoming South Yorkshire Cultural and Creative Industries Network (SYCCIN) event - open to all creative practitioners - will take place at C-View Creative Space in Doncaster on Thursday 5 May, from 5.30pm.

It will have a storytelling-theme; with speakers discussing topics designed to inform and inspire. Discussions will include: new ways of engaging audiences with stories, how to maintain momentum for the next generation of storytellers, what creative practitioners need to do to capture audience imaginations, challenges and opportunities presented for storytelling and examples of fantastic storytelling projects across South Yorkshire.

The session also includes networking opportunities over food and drink, enabling attendees to meet and collaborate with peers and industry experts.

The keynote speaker will be Martin Taylor, Co-founder at Doncaster-based Prox & Reverie. Martin is a multi award-winning Creative Director, specialising in volumetric filmmaking, immersive storytelling and mixed reality. Prox & Reverie is a multi-reality experience lab innovating new ways to bridge physical, digital and imagined worlds.

Martin will share highlights of his career which led to the formation of Prox & Reverie - a destination for content creators, producers and brands looking to supercharge the possibilities of virtual production and immersive audience experiences.

There will also be a panel discussion, moderated by Meabh O’Donovan, Head of National Film & Television School in Leeds, who is a leading voice across the sector having worked in film and education for 25 years.

Doncaster-based author and illustrator Phil Sheppard, who is also a Hub Manager at National Literacy Trust, will be on the panel. Phil writes and illustrates children's books; and performs too. He has taken five one-man shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Rebecca Mark-Lawson, Founder of Tyke Films will also be sharing her thoughts and insights. Tyke Films produces and develops work focused on personal stories told by original voices with lived experience which often play with form and medium

The SYCCIN event  is free to attend and is run jointly by Showroom Workstation and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA). Tickets can be booked online. The SYCCIN successfully held the first Doncaster event in October 2021, attracting more than 40 attendees.

The SYCCIN is a free forum open to the full spectrum of creative and cultural professionals across the region such as artists, photographers, actors, musicians, designers, publishers or producers. Representatives of the regular network events are from a range of organisations including theatres, TV studios, games developers, publishing houses, arts venues and much more.

For further information about the event and to register for a free place, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-south-yorkshire-cultural-creative-industries-network-tickets-327444213457  Anybody who would like to share a creative idea or success at the event is asked to email create@showroomworkstation.org.uk in advance. The SYCCIN was established to help nurture talent to further boost the sector and the important part it plays in the regional economy.

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