Are you a screenwriter? A graphic designer? A person who strums their housemate’s guitar occasionally, secretly dreaming of stardom? The 2019 Creative State Summit is happening this May, and it’s specifically tailored for people working in Victoria’s creative industries. If you’re interested in brushing up on your industry know-how or gaining insights from creative heavyweights, this is the event for you.

This year’s theme is ‘What’s Next?’, exploring the innovations, opportunities and disruptions that lie ahead for the creative industries. With a line-up of local and international speakers, the summit will provide inspiring talks and practical workshops specially designed for Victorian creatives. International speakers include Hilary O’Shaughnessy, the lead producer for the global initiative Playable City, and Nancy Bennett, the creative director of Two Bit Circus, a tech-oriented amusement park.

For an idea of what to expect, check out some of the highlights from last year’s summit, which involved talks from authors, game designers, members of the Aboriginal Gunditjmara community, CEOs, art directors and children (!).

The accomplished Carly Findlay and Kiruna Stamell at the Creative State Summit 2018. Image via @carlyfindlay on Twitter

The summit will be held on May 30 and 31 at the Melbourne Museum. Nominations are open for local speakers to join the program (submissions close April 12). Volunteer your expertise, or nominate a creative friend! Visit the Creative Summit website for more details.

Discounted tickets for independent Victorian creatives are available here (scroll down for ticket options). There are also a limited number of full bursaries available.