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Disruption Fuels Creativity

How do you unleash creativity to produce great events and grow your business? Accelerate is the conference to learn how. The theme for the conference “Disruption Fuels Creativity”. It links with the way in which new processes, technologies and approaches to event design/production can disrupt the event planning, delivery and presentation processes. Learn from some of the most successful event professionals, technologists, marketers and academics from around the globe. Speakers from Australia, Ireland, Scotland, the UK and USA will reveal all. They have created award winning events, technologies and business growth strategies. Hear about their secrets to success through the sharing of their knowledge and experiences and how disruption fuels creativity. The combination of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops offers a day of essential educational and effective networking opportunities. The Opening Party with the inaugural Creative Disruptors Awards ceremony and the Essential London Venue Tour will add another dimension to your social and networking experiences during Spring in London.

Video courtesy of Hello! Destination Management.

Thursday 12th May Opening Party and Creative Disruptors Awards: join fellow creative event professionals from around the globe to celebrate the start of the  Accelerate conference, powered by the International Live Events Association. It promises to be a party to remember, with entertainment, food, drink and off-course the inaugural Creative Disruptors Awards happening at the world famous Ministry of Sound.  Opening Party and Awards tickets are available here. Dress code: smart casual.

Friday 13th May Conference: the education and networking conference entitled ‘Disruption Fuels Creativity’ returns to the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club. The conference will be opened by Professor Joe Goldblatt EdD, FRSA from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He was the founding President of the International Special Events Society 28 years ago. Professor Goldblatt holds the only professorial chair in Events Management in the world. His insights, 35 books and research into events are world renowned.  Education Conference tickets are available here. Dress code: smart casual.

Saturday 14th May Essential London Venue Tour: join fellow conference delegates and other event professionals for a walking tour (1.5 miles) of some of London’s finest and most sought after event venues. The walking tour starts at 8.30am at Westminster Central Hall with a light breakfast and a site visit, followed by site visits to Banqueting House, The In and Out Naval and Military Club and the Royal Academy of Arts. This is followed by a light lunch at Smith & Wollensky (near The Strand) until 2pm. Tickets for this event are limited so please register your interest as soon as possible. Venue Tour tickets are available here. Dress code: walking shoes and appropriate dress for the weather of the day.

United Kingdom Business Visitor VISA: If you would like an invitation letter so you can apply for a UK VISA please email Elena Clowes. If you would like more information on a UK VISA download the information sheet HERE.

If you have any questions or enquiries about the events please contact Anna,

Tickets and Pricing

ALL PRICES INCLUDE UK Government Value Added Tax (except Opening Party - VAT added in checkout).            
OPENING PARTY (Thursday 12th May 2016 6pm to 9.30pm)            
ILEA Members (with event package - UK only) Free          
ILEA Members       £35          
Non Members       £45          
Students         £10          
CONFERENCE (Friday 13th May 2016 9.30am to 5.30pm)            
ILEA Members                  
Early Early Bird (until 31st March 2016).   £130          
Early Bird (until 22nd April 2016)   £160          
Full Price         £190          
Members UK, US and EU Event Associations            
Early Early Bird (until 31st March 2016)   £160          
Early Bird (until 22nd April 2016)   £190          
Full Price         £220          
Event Professionals (non-members of ISES or any other association)            
Early Early Bird (until 31st March 2016)   £200          
Early Bird (until 22nd April 2016)   £240          
Full Price         £280          
Academics & Full Time Students (status proven) £100          
VENUE TOUR (Saturday 14th May 8.30am to 2pm - tour of central London venues. Register early as places are limited)
Conference Ticket Holders     £10          
Guests         £30          
ILEA Member Sponsor Packages              
Conference only (pop up space & 2 x conference tickets) £660          
Opening Party & Conference (pop up spaces & 2x conference & party tickets) £840          

The Creative Disruptors Awards Live Stream


Chair Events Management
Queen Margaret University

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Ogilvy & Mather

Strong & Co

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The Experience is the Marketing

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Managing Director
Unconventional Speakers

Event Tech Lab & University of Westminster

Exposure Communications

International President

CEO & Co-founder

Senior VP Creative Services
Hello! Destination Management







Opening Party and Creative Disruptors Awards
18:00  -  21:30 v Ministry of Sound


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