ONLINE EVENT// Talking Heads: Shifting Gears 2.0

  • 28 May 2020
  • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


  • If you are a paying member Creative Edinburgh at Independent, Student, Team Player or Leader level.
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When: Thursday 28th May // 6.15pm - 9.00pm

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Join Creative Edinburgh for Talking Heads: Shifting Gears 2.0 on Thursday 28th March, inviting speakers from the creative industries to share their inspiring stories in lightning talks!

Our theme of Shifting Gears welcomes speakers to share the pivots, changes, innovative ideas and brave decisions that result in no one creative career path ever looking the same.

Following on from our first digital Talking Heads event in March, we're bringing you more inspiring stories on Shifting Gears. Watch all the amazing talks from our first event here!

Alongside our talks, we'll be asking you to share stories, doodles and photos that reflect on your creative journey and the shifts you might of undergone (present times most definitely included!).

We hope you can join us with a pint and a slice from the comfort of your sofa for what's set to be a great evening!

Any questions? Just email 

We hope to see you there!


Rachel Hanretty - Chief Mademoiselle at Mademoiselle Macaron

While living in Paris, Rachel picked up a secret recipe for French macarons and returned to Scotland to find macarons weren’t widely available. In 2013, struggling to find a full time graduate job, she hedged her future on egg whites, icing sugar and almonds to now have a team of 13 making 25,000 French macarons a week.

Shona McCarthy - Chief Executive of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Shona McCarthy joined the Fringe Society as Chief Executive in March 2016. Previously she led on Derry-Londonderry’s transformational year as UK City of Culture. She was awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship for Innovation in 2014 and a NESTA cultural leadership award which took her to live and work in India.

Billelis - 3D Illustrator & Art Director

Billelis is a freelance 3D Illustrator & Art Director specialising in dark visuals and decorative art. Currently based in the moody city of Edinburgh, he spends countless hours experimenting, learning and expanding his artistic skill set to create a personal style that can be best described as a dark, yet elegant, romantic fusion.

Equipped with an overactive imagination, a love of the macabre and a perpetual artistic hunger, Billelis aims to be a distinct source of creativity and inspiration in the illustration community. He endeavours to continue pushing the artistic boundaries of 3D and art throughout the rest of his career and enjoys collaborating with like minded artists who share his passion for authenticity, dark humour and a willingness to experiment with new styles and mediums.

Gordon McLachlan - Managing Partner at Primate

Managing Partner and co-founder of Primate.15 years experience. Passionate about digital and business transformation. Indifferent towards monkeys.

Not attended a digital event before?

1. Register for your ticket via Eventbrite

2. Receive a digital link straight to your inbox before the event

3. Follow the link and watch live!

We'll be streaming from 18:15 with the main event starting around 18:30. Camera shy? Don't worry, you won't be 'in' the action, just viewing it!

About Creative Edinburgh

Creative Edinburgh is committed to helping creatives thrive. Through events, career support and advocacy, we bring together and help grow the city’s creative community, providing a space for creation, collaboration and connection at every stage of your career.

Creative Edinburgh is supported by Creative Scotland.

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