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1:00 pm - 4:30 pm - 22 August 2023

ConnectED Delegate Lounge Open

- ConnectED - ConnectED Lounge
The ConnectED Lounge at Platform 5 is the networking hub of the Festival. Open to delegates on Tuesday afternoon, the Lounge will be host to a number of networking events throughout the week including Speed Meetings and Meet-Ups. Take a moment to digest the first sessions and plan the rest of your Festival over a coffee!

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm - 22 August 2023

Welcome Session

- Session, BSL - Moorfoot
To kick off this year’s Festival, hear from this year’s Advisory Chair, Kiran Nataraja, about her vision and what’s in store over the coming days as well as a sneak peek behind the curtain on how this year’s event was created. This session will also feature tips on how best to navigate the Festival for first-timers or those looking to refresh their memory on making the most of Edinburgh. The TikTok session will follow directly after this session without a break

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm - 22 August 2023

Inside Track: Everything you need to know about TikTok

- Session, BSL - Moorfoot
Join TikTok execs and creators to understand how to build your brand, unearth relevant trends, and discover a new generation of emerging talent on Gen Z’s go-to source of information and entertainment. In a session hosted by broadcaster, writer and podcaster Jackie Adedeji, TikTok’s James Stafford and Stephen Naughton will explain how to harness the power of the platform that has taken the planet by storm, while @CocoSarel and @Ayame.p will share a creator’s-eye-view.
As Equity for a Green New Deal officially launch their Green Rider campaign, actors and industry figures discuss how to achieve a just transition to true sustainability. Backed by some of the biggest names on screen, Equity’s Green Rider aims to transform the industry from the ground up. In front of and behind the camera, we all have a part to play to tackle the climate emergency. Actors, producers and commissioners will examine how the Rider and other industry efforts can spark a cultural shift - one where status is measured in positive influence, not climate-damaging perks.
- Session, BSL - Moorfoot
Join us for an exclusive masterclass with the talented minds behind global sensation, The Traitors. The genre busting format became the biggest new series for young audiences across all BBC unscripted content in 2022, and racked up millions of viewers, prestigious awards and even a star-studded Comic Relief parody. Created in Holland, the title has reportedly transformed the format landscape with a slew of international versions including the Emmy nominated US version for Peacock. Our global panel deconstructs the innovation and risk-taking that established the now iconic brand internationally while remaining faithful to the original format. An inspirational masterclass in bringing gutsy thinking and calculated risk-taking to the (round) table, you’d be 100% traitor to miss it.

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm - 22 August 2023

Irvine Welsh Talks ‘Crime’

- Session, BSL - Tinto
Scottish drama takes centre stage as iconic author Irvine Welsh, Executive Producer Dougray Scott, Buccaneer and the team behind ‘Crime,’ discuss taking Welsh’s eponymous gritty crime novel to TV. There will be exclusive footage from season two ahead of its launch on ITVX later this year, and Welsh and the team will talk about filming on home turf, and how they have built on the International Emmy Award-winning first series.