From 9 – 11 November 2020, SODA will be taking part in a series of events as part of Creative Coalition 2020, the UK’s largest online festival for the creative industries.

Take a look at the events that SODA will be producing and taking part in at the festival.

Can You Recognise Creativity?

11am, Wednesday 11 November

Creative thinking happens everywhere! Creative processes drive innovation, and our panel are all using their skills in unusual sectors.

Featuring our Head of SODA, Professor Toby Heys alongside NHS nurse and spoken word artist, Molly Case; Head of Public Engagement at the Wellcome Trust, Imran Khan; and Royal Society Industry Fellow, Dr Neil Campbell

The Culture of Content Creation

2pm, Wednesday 11 November

Brought to you by School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University, take a deep dive into the culture of content creation as TV Critic Boyd Hilton interviews Netflix’s Vice President of Content, Anne Mensah.

Is Virtual Viable? Creating a Sustainable Sector

4.40pm, Wednesday 11 November

2020 has been a catalyst for virtual experiences delivered by cultural institutions. What does an experiential, digital future look like?

Featuring SODA’s reader in Screen Studies, Dr Kirsty Fairclough alongside Festival Director of Manchester Design, Fiona McGarva; Creative Director of Shangri La Glastonbury, Kaye Dunnings; Production Manager of Boomtown, Robin Collins; and Chief Digital and Digital and Product Officer at the Natural History Museum, Sedef Gadaz.

Take a look at the full festival programme here, featuring talks from award winning artist, director and screenwriter Sir Steve McQueen, and critically acclaimed spoken word artist George the Poet.