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Thursday 30 July 2015

Brighton Digital Festival Brings UK's Largest Celebration Of Digital Culture To The City

Brighton Digital Festival, the UK's largest celebration of digital culture, today announces its programme of more than 150 events for the festival"s fifth instalment which runs from 1st to 27th September 2015.

The festival will once again bring together the city's arts and digital communities through a range of exhibitions, performances, conferences, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events taking place across Brighton and Hove.

A mix of new and well established digital, artistic and cultural events are confirmed, with many more in development.

Jesse Black Mooney, Brighton Digital Festival manager, said: 

""The festival is growing, and this growth has allowed us to experiment with new arts and education commissions, while continuing to support our local community of organisers, volunteers, and friends of the festival. 


"Brighton Digital Festival doesn't just celebrate digital culture, it celebrates the passion and creativity of the folk who live and work within the region."

The first series of confirmed events include reputable conferences such as dConstruct, Reasons to be Creative, Dots, and Brighton SEO, along with a range of new arts, education and family friendly events.

Returning for its tenth year is dConstruct - the celebration of digital innovation that takes place on 11 September at the Brighton Dome. Speakers will challenge and inspire delegates with the tenth anniversary theme, Designing the Future. 

One of the most highly anticipated speakers is Brian David Johnson, futurologist at Intel, who looks 10 to 15 years into the future and uses field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to predict how humans will interact with technology in the future.

The Long Progress Bar, commissioned by the Brighton Digital Festival and curated by Lighthouse, is a new two-day festival of radical imagination. International artists, scholars and social innovators – who are building new platforms for creating culture, connecting people and improving reality – will deliver a powerful mix of talks, presentations, screenings, workshops and vanguard performances. 


Also new is a day focused on the exciting innovations happening in radio - Radio // Future Sounds presented by totallyradio and Fugu PR. Taking place on 24 September at Patterns, it offers a day of inspiring conversation with special guests, radio creators and technologists as well as sound art and live music - all broadcasted live from Brighton beach.

A range of digital performances will also take place this year including [data]Storm, a dance which incorporates the use of wearable technology, data visualisation and 3D video projections to create a performance where classical ballet and computing collide. The Art Council England funded event uses MET Office Storm and climate data to create the choreography.

Family-friendly and educational events will play a central role at this year's festival. 

The Brighton Mini Maker Faire, which last year attracted over 3,000 visitors welcomes children and families to paint with light and code their own music, amongst many other workshops and displays at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on 5th September. 


The festival's educational strand will continue to be a main focus and this year the Royal Institute and Brighton and Hove High School have partnered with the festival to host a series of Computer Science Master-classes. At Brighton & Hove High School on 26 September and 3 October

Donna Comerford, Brighton Digital Festival education coordinator, added: 

"Our wish for the Brighton Digital Festival education strand, is to involve and engage more young people, schools, colleges and lifelong learners from all communities within Brighton and the surrounding areas.

"The explosion in digital making is being well represented by a range of events during the festival and we want to ensure these opportunities are available to the widest audience."

The Brighton Digital Festival printed guide will be available across the city in August and the full programme including venues, timings and prices can be found at www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/events.


by: Mike Cobley


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