Career & Money

6 Creative Conferences Around The World That Will Seriously Inspire You

By Bronte Holding
7th May 2019

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If you’re anything like us, then at the start of 2019 you probably made some career-based new year’s resolutions that, well, have not yet come to fruition. Fortunately, there’s an easy way you can reignite that motivation. Whether you’re in need of some up-to-date tech design lessons, some creative influencing, or you just need to get into the right headspace to smash some career goals, then one of these conferences could be the answer. 

No matter what part of the world you’re in, chances are there’s probably a career-based conference happening near you. But we’ve done some of the hard work and narrowed it down to six of the best conferences and creative festivals happening across the globe this year. 

Eeeeetscon | Los Angeles 

Food lovers, listen up, because this one’s for you. This food festival was built in the spirit of a typical music festival, except instead of Beyoncé and Ariana Grande, restaurants are the headliners. The two-day event will feature a highly curated selection of local and international chefs and restaurants, who will be serving up culinary creations beyond your wildest dreams. There’ll be live performances and cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and workshops from industry pioneers, and most importantly, lots of amazing food. Whether its world-famous pizza, smokey BBQ, mind-blowing tacos or handmade ice cream, you’ll find it all here. Just scrolling through the food line-up is enough to make one drool on their keyboard. Oh, and there’s a pretty epic line-up of guest speakers too, including Cameron Diaz, Glee star Darren Criss, Grammy nominated musician Mayer Hawthorne, and co-founder of Delicious Pizza Rock Ross, plus heaps more. And like any good festival, there’ll also be a number of musicians providing the entertainment, including Young & Sick and Evan Giia. If you like food, music, good times, or all of the above, then this is the event for you. The best part? You can call it a work trip. 

When: Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 May
Where: 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA
Cost: $30-$35
For more information, click here.

Semi-Permanent | Sydney

With over 17 years of creative festival experience under their belt, the folks behind Semi-Permanent know how to put on a good show. Their three-day schedule is jam packed with talks, panels, workshops, exhibitions, parties, screenings and more, and every year they manage to piece together an epic selection of speakers. The theme for 2019 is ‘Truth’, with panel discussions focusing on how to wield it, those who blur it, and whether it’s a necessary ingredient on the path to success. Speakers include artist CJ Hendry, Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Raoul Marks, Deus Ex Machina founder Carby Tuckwell, Sonos Global Creative Director Michael Leon and pro surfer Keala Kennelly. There’ll also be masterclasses and workshops on everything from artificial intelligence to learning the hands-on creative processes of Wes Anderson’s designer Erica Dorn. There’s quite literally something for everyone, no matter what field you’re in. So prepare to be inspired. 

When: Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 May 
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney
Cost: $412-$875 
For more information, click here.

The Design Conference | Brisbane

If you consider yourself a creative professional, or you’re looking to become one, book yourself a ticket to this conference immediately. Held over four days, the Design Conference will be a discussion of the future of design, and what design means to the world’s most creative leaders. There’ll be over 15 keynote talks from internationally acclaimed creative professionals and designers, as well as live illustration showcases and curated discussion panels. Among the speakers will be Google Creative Lab director Tia Uglow as well as other leaders in the fields of design, film, art, writing and creative directing. Oh, and each day will conclude with a killer after party where you can rub shoulders and share a dance floor with some of the world’s most successful leaders. If you’re looking for a way to get those creative juices flowing or for inspiration in a new creative venture, then be sure to check this one out.

When: Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 1 June 
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm 
Cost: $247.50
For more information, click here.

Forbes Women’s Summit 2019 | New York

After some serious boss babe inspiration? Then you may want to consider booking a trip to NYC to attend the 2019 Forbes Women’s Summit. Featuring some truly kick ass speakers such as model and activist Halima Aden, actress and director Eva Longoria, SoulCycle co-founder Julie Rice, and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, this is one conference you definitely want a ticket too. Successful women from all industries, generations, and backgrounds will be sharing their insights into navigating monumental change to industries, instigating major movements and most importantly, unlocking opportunities for others. Whether it’s tech design, business concept creation, fashion, or film, you’re guaranteed to find an expert on it at this event. Besides, it’s the perfect excuse for a mid-year trip to New York.

When: Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June 
Where: Various locations around New York City
Cost: $1495
For more information, click here.

Beautycon | Los Angeles

One of the biggest and best beauty festivals in the world, Beautycon is a must for make-up lovers, make-up artists, and fashion enthusiasts. Last year’s event boasted over 30,000 festival goers, over 150 brand experiences, and over 10,000 pounds of glitter (you can never have enough). Get up close and personal with brands such as Mac, Revlon, and NYX, and meet influencers and big names in the industry such as Patrick Star and Nikita Dragun. This year’s guest speakers are yet to be announced, but after featuring Kim Kardashian and Beatycon CEO last year, it’s sure to be a killer line up. And if that’s not enough, just think of the goodies you’ll be able to go home with. Hello free samples.

When: Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 August 
Where: LA Convention Centre 
Cost: $50-$600
For more information, click here.

Us By Night | Antwerp

This visually stunning three-day festival is well worth a trip to Belgium, not only for the Instagram opportunities (it’s literally held in a castle), but for the amount of invaluable knowledge you’ll pick up. Aside from their jam-packed program of talks and workshops across three stages, they also put on an impressive night market designed to ignite the senses. There will be arcade games, food courts, craft beers and cocktails, flea markets and even tattoo studios all surrounded by a lush green setting. During the day, you can be inspired by presentations from original and quirky artists from around the globe, including photographers, filmmakers, art directors, graphic designers, and even notable photography director Nicolai Niermann (who has worked with Beyonce on multiple occasions and is the mastermind behind the iconic music video for Apes**t, which was shot in the Louvre). So, during the day you’ll be able to network with the biggest names in the creative industry, and during the evenings you’ll be able to stroll the night markets and party with them. Now that’s how you do a conference.

When: Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 September 
Where: Waagnatie, Antwerp
Cost: $197 
For more information, click here.

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