In May 2022, British Columbia’s creative industry stakeholders gathered in Victoria to reconvene after a 2-year in-person hiatus. The week was a celebration of the achievements from the writing and publishing, magazine publishing, digital, motion picture, and music industries. By official proclamation, May 16 to 20, 2022 was declared Creative Industries Week.
To kick off, DigiBC presented Creative Technology Day to showcase some of the incredible work from studios across the province, spanning animation, visual effects (VFX), video games, and virtual/extended/augmented reality (VR/AR/XR). In addition, they shared key educational programs and EDI initiatives that the creative tech industry is developing in partnership with educators and the provincial government to ensure that B.C. continues to train and retain world-class talent while enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion across the sector. To learn more about B.C.’s thriving creative tech sector, check out British Columbia’s Interactive & Digital Media Ecosystem in this interactive map.
DigiBC released their new 2022 Sizzle reel, showcasing the incredible talent found here.
The Association of Book Publishers of BC set up shop to share the stories created by B.C.’s local authors and publishers. They were representing over 30 publishing houses, and many more authors and illustrators from B.C. The Honourable Minister Melanie Mark presented the ABPBC with the Proclamation of May 16 as BC Book Day. #ReadLocalBC!
BC Place lit up pink to shine a light on the successes of the creative industries!
Magazine Association of BC represented the over 290 magazines that are produced in B.C. alone. Attendees perused the periodicals from subject matter as vast as parenting, literature reviews, the newcomer experience, dementia, and so much more. Learn about the many magazines published in B.C. here, and #SubscribeBC
On May 18, the Province of BC announced an additional $2.5 million boost to the Amplify BC program. The announcement of the additional support means music companies and live operations will receive additional support to buoy them through the COVID-19 shutdowns and delayed start-up, to ensure the cultural resurgence needed after the industry’s sacrifice for public safety.
Creative Industries 2022 wrapped with a virtual fireside chat about Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red with Director Domee Shi and Production Designer Rona Liu presented by Vancouver Asian Film Festival.