Unleashing creativity

Zealous X brings together the most exciting minds in the UK, introducing you to the very best creative talent by hosting industry talks, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, get-togethers, gigs, live performances, films and gaming. All creatives who took part in Zealous X were sourced through Zealous, any creative talent, anywhere in the world.

Zealous X is a new experience for the audience and leading thinkers to come together and engage in dynamic conversations. The aim is to inspire you through a curated program of exciting activities and events. We encourage curiosity and active participation; Zealous X is you.

Zealous X is empowered by Zealous.

Zealous X Mission

Zealous X mission is to address, stress and challenge the importance of creativity in the UK economy. The future is here, the world’s knowledge is in your pocket, a drawing becomes reality at the touch of a button, we’ve even democratised access to hacking our own biology. It’s now only a matter of time until technology merges into us. In the future where the boundaries of reality and imagination merge, humanity will need to embrace and depend on what sets it apart from machines: its own creativity.

The festival provides a great opportunity to meet creative minds to share ideas with one another in a multicultural environment. Ultimately Zealous X is a showcase of incredible UK based talent from across art, film, music, performance, design, photography, interactive and gaming. We have launched an open call to find 105 creative talents, from across those 7 disciplines, to showcase groundbreaking work over the 10 day festival. The selection was made by an exciting independent panel of judges.


The festival is brought to you by Zealous, a digital platform that matches talent with opportunity, connecting creatives with organisations looking to complement their workforce, reach new audiences and organise open calls for exhibitions and festivals.

With a rapidly growing network of over 10,000 creatives, at Zealous we help organisations and brands solve their creative needs and challenges by matching them with the best talent in the UK and worldwide. With Zealous everyone can create a portfolio, discover incredible artists and list open calls for exhibitions, festivals or any other creative projects without stress. At Zealous we help you create powerful projects and unleash your inner creativity.

Showcase your talent, list an open calls, find collaborators and more, discover how here.


“The panel event ‘The Road to Empowerment’ at Zealous’s talks day, Grow, had some of the wisest advice for the arts and creative industries sectors that I have heard in a long while when panellist, Paul Owens, CEO, BOP Consulting challenged Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England over long-term planning for the future of the UK arts sector. A robust and thought-provoking wake-up call, to the day.”Portland Green - Curator, Producer, Festival Attendee
“I just wanted to thank you for a great event! I had a really awesome time and it was a wonderful experience to playtest the game on a different crowd to the people you usually get at games events. The Mum of the eight-year-old girl who completed The Last Word four times, took a business card and gave me a call and left the attached message which was very nice to hear :)”Mark Backler - Interactive artist
“An incredible 10-day festival filled with all the creativity you can imagine. The exposure and feedback on my artwork was invaluable and I met some great artists during the show who I plan to keep in touch with! It was an absolute pleasure being able to work with Zealous; the team was great and I wouldn’t have to think twice if I had to apply for another event.” Maggie Williams - Artist, Sculptor
“Thanks so much for this. I am so happy I’ve been part of ZealousX and that my show LOVE had such a tremendous success. I can assure you, I’ve never been a part of such a wonderfully organised festival in London, and I’ve been a part of quite a few. You had a great ability to create a little community of people who really know what they want and the way they want it. The amount of professionalism – from organisation to technical staff, was on a highest possible level.”Petar Miloshevski - Performance Artist
“Zealous X was an extra ordinary festival celebrating a whole host of different artistic disciplines and it was a pleasure to be part of it. I’ve always felt that the creative industries are pretty unique in their stance on sharing skills and expertise with others to encourage and assist with new work, and so it was fantastic to part of something which enabled and encouraged these kinds of collaborations and skill sharing. ”Donna Walker - Creative Director for Traces, Speaker

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