Ideas Summit 2019

Friday 29 March 2019

Ideas Summit 2016, by Jeremy Freedman

East London Dance’s 30th anniversary celebrations conclude with the return of the Ideas Summit.

On Friday 29 March 2019 East London Dance will host a full day of curated talks, conversations, provocations and networking at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Back for its third edition the Ideas Summit offers a chance for you to plug into east London’s vibrant community of dance professionals; to meet your fellow dance artists, producers and industry peers in the flesh; and to network and make connections across all areas of the dance sector.

Led and facilitated by Anamaria Wills and Jeanefer Jean-Charles the day will include presentations and discussions exploring:

  • Changes in the East London cultural landscape
  • How to build an enterprising and sustainable career in dance
  • How to turn your ideas into reality

This year’s Summit will include a host of inspiring speakers, including keynote speakers Simon Mellor, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts & Culture, Arts Council England and Kymberlee Jay, Business Coach and creator of “Built for it Bootcamp’ as well as representatives from East London Dance, English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, Studio Wayne McGregorBoy Blue Entertainment and Avant Garde Dance Company all giving updates about their ongoing work in east London.

The World Cafe

Connect with our line-up of guest speakers and get tips and advice, as they host a series of round-table discussions revealing insights from across the sector on a range of practical topics including funding; building and sustaining your career and brand in the arts; exploring digital innovation and creative enterprise; as well as marketing and touring.

Confirmed industry specialists include Brett Booth, Head of Culture and Strategy, Urban Nerds , Dawn Prentice, Independent Producer; Hetain Patel, Visual Artist and Performance Maker; Ibrahim Kamara, Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GUAP the world’s first video magazine; Lee Griffiths, Artist & Producer, Creative Producer of Botis Seva/Far From The Norm and Creative Director of Artists4ArtistsLohan Presencer, Chairman of the Ministry of Sound, Rashmi Becker, Founding Director of Step Change Studios; and Tobi Kyeremateng, Cultural Producer, BABYLON Festival, Black Ticket Project 

The Ideas Fund

You will also get to watch 15 shortlisted artists and producers pitch innovative ideas, Dragon’s Den style, to the Ideas Fund panel for up to £5,000 bursaries. With 3 minutes to pitch and 2 minutes to answer panel questions this is a dynamic and fast-paced element of the day guaranteed to leave you inspired and energised! If you’ve go an idea yourself, you can apply to pitch for the fund until 15 Feb here.

This full day of talks, seminars, networking opportunities and other activities is just £18 for independent artists or producers, £25 for everyone else and we’ll even throw in lunch.

Spaces are limited so book your tickets here today.

The Ideas Summit is presented and produced by East London Dance and supported by The Fidelio Charitable Trust and Stratford Circus Arts Centre



Ideas Fund Investing Partners:
London College of Fashion UAL, Sadler’s Wells, English National Ballet, East London Dance and Redbridge Drama Centre

Ideas Fund Supporting Partners:
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Studio Wayne McGregor, One Dance UK



Ideas Summit 2019

DateFriday 29 March 2019

Time10am-6pm, refreshments from 9:30am

Location Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Theatre Square
E15 1BX


£18 (Independent artists or producers)
£25 (General admission)



The Ideas Summit is presented and produced by East London Dance and supported by The Fidelio Charitable Trust and Stratford Circus Arts Centre