Tell us what you think: Is creativity Cape Breton's next big industry?

We're asking whether creativity is Cape Breton's next big industry — and brought together some of the island's talent to answer that question.

Filmmakers, artists and creative minds came together to plan the island's future

Some of top creative minds in Cape Breton gathered at a CBC Nova Scotia forum Wednesday to talk about the contribution the arts makes to the island's economy. (Dan MacPherson)

Other cities around the world are finding economic success by seizing the potential of the creative sector. Is it Cape Breton's turn?

We brought together some of the island's talent to answer that question on Wednesday night.

Panellists included:

  • Greg Davies is the curator of the Cape Breton University Art Gallery and sits on the board for Sydney's Lumière Arts Festival. 

  • Nelson MacDonald is a filmmaker best known for producing fellow Cape Bretoner Ashley McKenzie's feature film Werewolf, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and won the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Prize.

  • Nancy Oakley is the owner and operator of Oakleaves, Native Creations. A professional artist for 32 years, Oakley works mostly in pottery and beadwork and does some traditional Mi'kmaq basketry.

  • Lori Burke has been involved in numerous artist incubators across Cape Breton and holds the position of executive director at the Centre for Craft and Design.​


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