Looking to Network? Here are the Top 5 Creative Industry Events You Must Attend.

September 19, 2018, Author: Discomfort Creative

For many creative individuals, the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together in a place or event. There are thousands of creative industry events hosted across the globe every year, we have curated 5 of the most inventive, collaborative and rewarding creative industry events that are worth attending from now until early 2019, and can help foster creativity and professional growth alike.

Social Media Week

Currently hosted in over 25 cities across the world, with 75,000 attendees, 10,000 speakers and a global reach of 600 million – Social Media Week (SMW) is one of the world’s premier conferences and industry news platform for professionals in media, marketing, and technology.

From New York to Hamburg, Sao Paulo to Lagos, and many other cities across the globe, there are Social Media Week conferences held in these cities at different times of the year. From September 2018 till November 2018, there will be Social Media Week Conferences held in the following cities: Accra, Coeur d’Alene, Fairfax, Santo Domingo, Sao Paulo, Ulaanbaatar, London, Durban, Holland, Kyiv, Manila, Toronto, and Zurich.

Look out for a Conference in a city near you to gain insights, engage ideas and explore opportunities you need to advance you or your organization’s interests in a globally connected world.

Advertising Week

Now in its 15th year, Advertising Week is a top event for marketing, brand, advertising, and technology professionals. It currently holds in five different major cities across the globe – New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Sydney – with each edition presenting good opportunities to learn and network.

It is an immersive conference that draws from the brand, agency, technology, startup, media and broader creative industries and focuses on key conversations designed to drive business forward and influence the future of advertising.

The next edition will take place in its original home, New York, from October 1 – 4, 2018.

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Since its first outing in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has been bringing the creative communications industry together every year at its one-of-a-kind event in Cannes to learn, network and celebrate.

Regarded as the world’s most inspiring creative festival, the Cannes Lions is five days of talks, workshops, networking events, classes and awards shows for people in the branded communications, marketing, design, tech, media, and entertainment industries.

The next edition will hold in Cannes Palais, France from June 17 – 21, 2019.

DC Africa Industry Meet

DC Africa Industry Meet, organized by Discomfort Creative, is an exclusive event that provides an avenue for a curated guest list comprising creative entrepreneurs, business owners, and industry leaders to learn interesting market insights and discover new ways of improving their businesses, whilst also networking and exploring possibilities for collaboration and partnerships.

The next edition will take place in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2018.

South by Southwest (SXSW)

Since 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) – described as the premier destination for discovery – has hosted an annual conference consisting of film, interactive media and music festivals in Austin, Texas, United States.

Asides being a very popular creative industry event, SXSW is indeed an essential destination for global professionals, with its numerous but exciting showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and networking sessions.

Be a part of one of the most diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities in the world at SXSW 2019 from March 8 – 17, 2019 in Austin, Texas.