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It’s time for some Christmas CAKE

7th December 2018

The weeks leading up to Christmas are a time to meet up with friends old and new, look back at the year’s successes and celebrate with cake. And that’s exactly what members of the Creative Fuse North East project will be doing next week when they hold their monthly networking event.

The CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) event will bring together businesses, freelancers, academics, charities and creative practitioners from across the North East’s creative, digital and IT sectors.

The regular events are designed to generate debate, explorative discussion and stimulate new innovative ideas by exploring a particular theme from a variety of different perspectives.

Creative Fuse North East is a partnership between Northumbria, Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Teesside universities. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities research Council (AHRC), Arts Council England and European Regional Development Funds.

This is the 27th CAKE event to take place since the launch of the Creative Fuse project in 2016 and will provide those attending a chance to celebrate all that has been "fused" over the last 12 months, as well as looking ahead on 2019.

Speakers will include James Hanson, from Green Spaces (Layers); Matthew Read, from Bowes Museum; Justin Souter, from Souter Consulting Limited and Eric Cross, Principal Investigator for Creative Fuse North East at Newcastle University.

Creative Fuse North East welcome attendees to join them for a drink and a chance to share the exciting new projects they have been working on in the last year, bringing innovative new ideas, jobs, events and opportunities to the North East.

Businesses, freelancers, artists and academics from across the creative, digital and IT sectors are invited to attend the networking event, which takes place at Breeze Creatives, in Bamburgh House, Newcastle on Wednesday 12 December between 5pm and 7.30pm.

Over the past two years, Creative Fuse has conducted research into the Creative, Digital and IT sector landscape in the North East and has encouraged businesses to share best practice and adopt new, innovative ways of working.

The aim has been to help the sector become more resilient and encourage growth, creating more and better jobs for the region.

The project has also explored how skills in the creative and tech industries could be shared more widely to encourage innovation in other sectors.

The Northumbria team involved in Fuse, led by Mark Bailey and a team from the School of Design, has developed innovation-readiness programmes delivered to over 50 SME’s and led a variety of Innovation Pilot projects. Find out more about Creative Fuse at Northumbria University here.

For more information about Christmas CAKE and to book tickets please visit

Innovation at Northumbria: Creative Fuse North East from Creative Fuse North East on Vimeo.

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