A conference and festival featuring the best of UK and Chinese animation will be hosted by Edge Hill University this summer.

The Creative Animation Knowledge Exchange, known as C.A.K.E. 2014, will take place between July 14 and 18 at the campus in Ormskirk and in Liverpool as part of the city’s International Festival of Business.

Animation experts from both the UK and China will give lectures and lead workshops at the Sino/UK festival which will be held at the brand new Creative Edge building, offering state of the art facilities and resources. Throughout the event there will be screenings featuring the best animation works from across the UK and China and discussions about the technologies and processes used to create the work.

Part of an ongoing British Council initiative linked to CICAF, the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival, CAKE 2014 will nurture long-term relationships between the UK and Chinese animation industry and education sectors.

Speakers already confirmed include:

  • Paul Ward, Principal Lecturer in the School of Media at the Arts University College at Bournemouth
  • Professor Paul Wells, Director of the Animation Academy
  • Steve Caulkin, who leads research and development at Cubic Motion
  • Peter Saunders, Company director at Mackinnon and Saunders Animation Ltd
  • Tim Allen, animator whose works include Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr Fox and Peter & the Wolf.

GeorgeTalbot004Professor George Talbot, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Arts and Sciences said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to become immersed in the best animation the UK and China has to offer, learn from industry leaders and academics and discover what it means to be creative in animation.

“We’ll also examine how various understandings of creativity are shaping the industry, which tools do we use to create animation, and how cultural collaborations between UK and China might lead to new practice and new opportunities for enterprise and research.”

Tickets are now available to purchase via the University’s online shop. Day tickets cost £45 or £20 for students and five day passes are available for £190 or  £75 for students. Bed and breakfast accommodation packages are also available at £35 per night. Click here to book a five day pass or click here for a one day pass.