Freelance Creatives will be there, will you? September 2012

1. We are David Bailey!


Until midday on Sep 27

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If your name is David Bailey, there’s a good chance you deserve a digital camera for the many times you’ve been mistaken for veteran photographer David Bailey! Such is the thinking behind Samsung’s NX 1000 photo competition, which is on the look-out for 180 or so David Baileys (it has already found 20) who want to try their hand at their namesake’s profession. Entrants must be available on Sep 29 to attend the giveaway in London, and must submit their applications, including a portrait photo of themselves; no later than midday on Sep 27. No previous photography experience is required, but will no doubt come in handy!

2. Soho Literary Festival


Sep 27- Sep 30

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Thanks to literary magazine The Oldie, the cream of British writing will be packed into a long weekend of “good old-fashioned” indoor literary culture, starting this Thursday (tomorrow). Readings, debates and contributions will come from PD James, Jeremy Vine, John Major, James Mates, Giles Coren, Michael Palin and Kate Summerscale, among others. Tickets per event start at £9 and special passes at a discounted rate are available for those wishing to attend five events, but booking at the time of purchase is mandatory.

3. Chinwag Career Day at Social Media Week


Sep 28

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From 10.00 to 17.00 at the Vinyl Factory Soho, the Careers Day by media darling Chinwag will demystify the many issues facing individuals, including freelancers, who want to work in the social and digital media world. Two events concentrate entirely on how to frame your CV for the nascent sector; recruiters will lift the lid on the ‘dos and don’ts’ of getting hired, and those making the hiring decisions will reveal what’s in the ultimate portfolio, with one-to-one reviews available. Advice on pitching, generating ideas and being creative is also on hand. All sessions require individual booking once your registration for SMW is complete.

4. How Labour can put small business first

Manchester Central

Oct 2

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The chairman of this fringe event to be held at the Labour conference invites Freelance UK readers to join an expert-panel debate on how the party can put small businesses, including freelancers, first. Philip Ross, a founding member of freelance trade body PCG, will be joined by the shadow small business minister Toby Perkins; the chairman of the Federation of Small Business John Walker and Dr Jo Twist, CEO of video games association UKIE, among other micro-business captains. The event is free although a conference pass will be needed for entry to the hall.

5. 21st Century Marketing and Communications


Oct 16

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Specifically aimed at communications consultants, this one-day masterclass by The Write Impression aims to bestow the ability to speak confidently to clients about how communication is evolving on the back of cutting-edge marketing tools. With the objective of helping consultants generate leads, both for them and their clients, the class will cover social media, SEO, blogging, QR Codes, Mobile Apps and other tools for branding in the digital age. Although bearing a comparatively high price tag for entry and participation, all profits are to be donated to a local hospice.

6. Win-Win Negotiation

Oct 17


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Organised by PCG, this interactive workshop is targeted at freelancers seeking better terms or deals with their recruitment agents, end-clients and/or colleagues. Rate reductions, unpalatable working conditions and unfavourable terms are just some of the obstacles that freelancers face, but should find easier to overcome in the future if they attend this evening workshop. Attendance and participation is free yet pre-registration is essential.

7. BFI London Film Festival

Oct 10 – Oct 21


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Public booking is now open for the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which promises 12 consecutive days of international films at various cinemas across the UK capital.

This year, the Festival features 225 fiction and documentary features; 111 live action and animated shorts, with films from 68 different countries, including 14 world premieres, 15 international premieres and 34 European premieres.

8. Insight into Digital Journalism

Nov 2


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Aimed at school teachers and college tutors, The Guardian’s event at its editorial HQ will reveal the make-up of a national news media organisation and how it works.

Coverage by the paper's journalists will include multimedia journalism, including writing and editing for a news website, the relationship between print and web journalism, live blogging, the use of social media, podcasting (including how to start your own podcast) and video production.

9. Mobile Business Summit

Nov 19


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A must-attend for the leaders of mobile content, commerce and communications, this one-day summit is a forward-thinking melting pot for digital marketers, advertising executives, tech evangelists and other creative industry captains serving mobile e-commerce. Hear from the professionals (at the likes of LinkedIn, Mozilla, FourSquare, Pearson, CBS Interactive) who are pioneering business strategies through mobile media. Expect to hear much talk about smartphones and mobile, apps and devices, brand engagement and marketing, subscription models and content monetisation.

10. Carols by Candlelight

Dec 3


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Courtesy of Breast Cancer Care, St Paul’s Church in London will be transformed into a magical setting to “put you in the Christmas spirit.” Complimentary gifts, seasonal readings from celebrities, festive carols and special musical performances will all take place before mulled wine, mince pieces and hot roasted chestnuts are served up in the church courtyard. A Champagne Supper is also available. All money raised at the event, where a service-only ticket starts from £30, will help Breast Cancer Care continue to support over 500,000 people currently living with breast cancer in the UK.


26th September 2012

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