Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), spoke about the "calling card" of creativity at the Creative Industries Federation International Summit on 9 October 2018.
Among the praise he gave were statistics on UK recording artists acounting for 8 of the top 10 artist albums in 2017, UK film earning a sixth of total film revenue worldwide and being the largest publisher of physical books in the world.
"The cultural and creative industries are at the heart of our soft power and they help fly the flag for the best of British abroad," he said, citing the UK returning to the top position in the Global Soft Power index. He went on to describe the attendees from across the UK creative industries as "ambassadors for our nation at this very important time".
He said about the forthcomng Soft Power Strategy: "In the New Year, the Government will be publishing our Soft Power Strategy and you have a large part to play. Because as we leave the European Union, you are vital in showing the world that we are more open-minded, outward looking and ready to work together than ever before. And to flourish as an independent nation, we need to give our thriving creative industries the best possible support."
He also cited several key government initiatives:
- The Creative Industries Sector Deal – £150 million jointly invested by government and industry to help cultural and creative businesses
- Creative Industries Cluster Programme – £80 million invested in nine new partnerships between creative industries and universities
- Immersive Technologies – £33 million of investment in virtual reality video games, interactive art shows and augmented reality experiences
Read the speech as delivered below.
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