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CAKE Events

CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) is Creative Fuse North East’s monthly networking event, bringing together businesses, freelancers, academics, charities and creative practitioners from across the Creative, Digital and IT sectors and wider economy.

Each themed CAKE event has expert speakers delivering short presentations that explore opportunities and innovation challenges from their sector. The events generate debate, explorative discussion and stimulate new innovative ideas by looking at each event’s theme from a variety of different perspectives – in keeping with the event name, attendees enjoy a slice of delicious cake while they network.

CAKE 24: Digital Landscapes

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At our 24th CAKE event, we will explore the use of digital tools to help audiences to engage with national parks and heritage sites in new ways.

Our speakers will discuss rural innovation and entrepreneurship, the role of theatre in community engagement, and the development of an app that fuses poetry with the digital to allow National Park visitors to experience ‘Poems in the Air’.

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CAKE 23: Art, Design & Innovation

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To celebrate the launch day of the Great Exhibition of the North, this CAKE will be a special event showcasing the best of the North East’s talent, with expert speakers representing the three themes of the Exhibition: Art, Design and Innovation.

We will explore the importance of UX design,

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CAKE 22: Creative Marketing

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Creative Fuse North East’s 22nd CAKE event will explore creative and innovative approaches to marketing, as part of Art Durham.

Our speakers will approach the theme from a variety of different perspectives, from expertise in marketing in the arts from Durham University Business School, to hands-on advice on how to make marketing more creative from specialist business writing company Concision.

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CAKE 21: Games in the North

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In recent years, the computer games industry has been changing. Once solely the preserve of big name companies, the growth of smaller, independent studios has been changing the shape of the market, and the North East has been at the forefront of this revolution.

At this CAKE event,

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CAKE 20: Maker CAKE

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Creative Fuse North East’s 20th CAKE event will celebrate the North East’s maker communities, exploring the intersections between craft and innovation.

We will showcase the work of artists and crafters from across the region, as well as considering maker spaces and maker movements in the North East and beyond.

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CAKE 18: Innovative Women

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Our 18th CAKE event will take place on International Women’s Day, celebrating the innovative work of women in the North East.

Our speakers will examine themes of participation, inclusion and intersectionality from a variety of different perspectives. We will look at the work of the Young Women’s Film Academy,

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CAKE 17: The Science of Performance

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This February, we will be hosting a special CAKE event, in collaboration with Dance City, Southpaw Dance Company and the Institute of Physics as part of their workshop series ‘The Physics of Dance’.

CAKE 17: The Science of Performance will take a behind-the-scenes look at dance and performance,

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CAKE 16: Music and Sound

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Creative Fuse North East’s 16th CAKE event will celebrate the creativity of musicians, sound artists and studios across the North East.

Our speakers will show how traditional music practice is reaching new frontiers through electronic music, live coding and approaches to performance. The event will provide an insight into the innovative research in musicology,

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CAKE 15: Digital Archives

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Our January CAKE event will explore the relationship between digital and print editions, considering different ways of understanding and experiencing text.

Our speakers will draw on the work being done by Animating Text at Newcastle University (ATNU), a project that explores the story of text, using digital editing techniques to fuse humanities and social sciences research and computer science.

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