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Your complete guide to magCulture Live London 2023

Your complete guide to magCulture Live London 2023

Our annual magCulture Live London event is almost here! The last few tickets are now available, see links below, and read on for a full guide to what to expect on Thursday November 16.

This will be the 10th edition of the London event, an anniversary we’ll be celebrating on the day with a look back at the decade. But the main focus will be our latest line-up of speakers—editors and designers from big magazines and small magazines, highlighting the amazing creative work that goes into magazine-making.


What is magCulture Live?
Over the years the event has moved through various names and been based at several different venues. What has remained a constant is the desire to celebrate the creative side of magazine publishing. As well as direct disciplines like editing and designing, it also covers illustration, photography, writing, art direction and typography: everything that goes into creating a magazine. Expect a series of bespoke talks from expert specialists; if you regularly read the magCulture Journal you’ll know the scope of what to expect. We love magazines!

When/where does it take place?
This year magCulture Live takes place on Thursday November 16, from 1—5pm, at Vitsoe’s London HQ in Marylebone. Doors open at 12 noon for some pre-talks shopping and chatting.

Vitsoe have been a key partner of ours since 2014, and supplied the shelving and furniture for our Clerkenwell shop. Their space is an exciting modernist showroom that is being adapted into an auditorium for the day.


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Is there a theme to the day?
Creativity! Each edition of magCulture Live is a celebration of creative publishing in the broadest sense, but we also add a theme each year. This time it is Format—a reminder of the flexibility of the printed magazine. They can arrive as large broadsheet pieces of newsprint or as palm-sized books. They can appear monthly or annually. And on reading one, you may find it entertaining and fun, a dedicated attempt to change the world, or a blend of both of these characteristic and more. Each variation catalyses creativity in a way that digital media so often doesn’t.

Jeremy Leslie interviewed by Aimee McLaughlin at Creative Review

Jeremy Leslie interviewed by Steve Heller at Print Magazine



How does the day work?
The day comprises a series of talks by invited speakers, accompanied by slides. Each has been briefed to share their work and address the day’s theme. The running order is planned like a magazine, to provide intriguing crossovers between speakers and to build a degree of pace from talk to talk. There is time for some questions from the audience, but the day is designed to be informal and attendees will get the chance to interact directly with our speakers one-to-one too.



The day’s schedule
13:00   Welcome
13:15    Neville Brody, The Face, Arena etc
13:55    Ollie and Owen, The Paper
14:10    Oyinkansola Dada, Dada
14:25    Jermaine Gallagher, Ton
             15m Break
14:55    Maya Moumne, Al Hayya
15:25    Charles Baker, The Fence
15:40    Linda Nubling, Gurlz With Curlz
15:55    Sebastian Clarke, isolarii
16:10    Debra Bishop, New York Times Kids
17:00    Drinks
Read more about our speakers here. All times are approximate


What else can I expect?

Our pop-up magazine shop will be present on the day, along with stands from several of our partners Park Communcations, The Newspaper Club and We Love Print. All attendees will receive a Vitsoe tote bag containing a printed newspaper guide to the day, and looking back at the 10 magCulture Live events to date, plus a copy of the New York Times Kids and other gifts from our speakers and partners.

Fresh water will be available all day, there will be a ticketed coat check, and one 15m rest break. Vitsoe is located on a small, busy road with plenty of cafés and coffee shops.

We hope attendees will stay at the end of the session for a quick beer or two and chat with our speakers.

Ultimately though, magCulture Live is a day to sit back and enjoy! Be inspired and reminded what’s possible.

Can I watch online?
The event is designed for a live audience, but we realise not everyone can get to London so we will be livestreaming it too. This also means that all ticketholders—live and online—will have access to a full video of the whole session after the event has taken place (the link for this will be shared a week or so afterwards).

Live and Livestream tickets: £100
Students: £75 (please book using your univeristy email address)
For group discounts please email:


This event has already taken place

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