Digital Bristol Week: events and training for the South West’s creative industries


One of the largest free programmes of events, workshops and panels ever to be held in Bristol is taking place this January in the form of Digital Bristol Week.

The week-long schedule of networking, training and knowledge exchange for the creative industries is being hosted and produced by the BBC Bristol Partnership.

Each day has a different theme and focus. Events range from presentations on the future of broadcasting to workshops on key skills such as production management, while also taking in technology demonstrations, leadership seminars, social events and much more.

An overview of each day is below. A list of events with times and booking links is coming soon.

Monday 28 January – Core Skills Day

Develop essential industry skills in workshops from BECTU on contracts and safety, from the BBC Academy on the creative use of statistics and pitching, and from PUMA on production managementand development.

Tuesday 29 January – Technology Day

Get the lowdown on cutting-edge research and innovative startup businesses and technologies from the University of Bristol SETsquared Centre and BBC R&D at our huge technology fair.

Demonstrators will show off the latest camera equipment and give insights into sustainable technology for production. And the BBC Natural History Unit will host a special day for professional wildlife camera operators.

There will also be plenty of time for networking opportunities thanks to an evening social event from Bristol Media.

Wednesday 30 January – Broadcast and Beyond Day

Dive into the future of broadcasting with a day devoted to emerging formats and digital experiences curated by the Pervasive Media Studio, UWE and iDocs.

Clare Reddington (iShed) will open the day with a keynote presentation on cutting-edge work that is blending digital technologies with physical experiences to break out of the screen and transform the real world.

REACT will be on hand to present its Heritage Sandbox and there’ll be presentations from BBC Earth, Max Whitby (Touch Press) and exec producer Patrick Uden.

Thursday 31 January – Open Day

Find out about skills and talent requirements direct from the industry, and take part in workshops to designed support those delivering student training.

Bristol Media’s Open Doors initiative will be offering the chance to visit key businesses in the area and learn first-hand about what they do and the skills they are looking for.

Friday 1 February – Business Day

With support from Bristol City Council, explore the future for Bristol’s creative industries and learn from what other cities have achieved in the UK and overseas.

BBC Academy and Creative Skillset workshops will help develop leadership skills and explore critical business issues such as intellectual property and product placement.

The week will end in style with First Friday – a monthly social and networking event.


Digital Bristol Week is being produced by the BBC in partnership with the University of the West of EnglandCreative SkillsetBristol MediaBristol City CouncilBristol UniversityCreative England and the Pervasive Media Studio.


Image: ‘Bristol Sunset’, Felix Braun

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