Brighton Digital Festival 2013

Published On August 23, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

1st – 30th September 2013

The countdown has begun for the 3rd exciting edition of the Brighton Digital Festival, a grass-root led and community run celebration of digital culture that creates an environment for companies, professional digital workers and artists to work together. The Festival has scheduled 120 events, bringing together the city’s arts and digital communities. Events include new digital art exhibitions, performances, conferences, hackathons, meet-ups, comedy nights, workshops and outdoor events.

After the great success of the past two years, this years festival is expected to be the biggest and best yet . Tom Bailey, Brighton Digital Festival Manager confirmed these expectations saying:

“Each year has seen a huge expansion in the programme size and this year is not exception. The volume and diversity of events taking place this year is testament of the vibrant and world class-class artistic and digital communities working and lining in and around Brighton. This is an amazing opportunity for people to get involved, learn, play and generally be inspired.”

Event Highlights:




Reasons to be Creative

A conference for web designers coders and anyone who has a creative mind. Reasons brings together the best in art, design, code, & inspiration, and is a fantastic 3 days of education and inspiration.

Brighton Dome / Pavilion / Corn Exchange
2nd – 4th Sept


Improving Reality

Lighthouse’s digital culture conference explores how artists, technologists and writers are disrupting our notion of reality. This collection of inspiring talks features major thinkers such as Keller Easterling, artist and biologist Daisy Ginsberg and gonzo futurist, Justin Pickard.

Brighton Dome, Studio Theatre
5th Sept
£24/£12 Concession



It is the Festival most poular conference. Curated by Clearleft, dConstruct gathers some of the brightest mind in the design community to explore big issues in the digital industry today.

Brighton Dome
6th Sept


Brighton SEO

The free one-day conference is expecting over 2000 of Europe’s best digital marketers. Aimed at agency delegates marketing teams, business owners and freelancers.

Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
12th-13th Sept


Artists & Personalities


Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker

Broadcaster, satirist and journalist Charlie Brooker will talk in a Q&E session following a double – bill screening of Emmy award- winning Black Mirror series One.

Duke of York’s Picturehouse
12th Sept
£10.00/£7.50 Members/Concessions


The Sound of the Wind in the Trees

Internationally renowned artist Simon Wilkinson will deliver a broodingly atmospheric live AV performance of haunting large screen projections with a live soundtrack of reverb drenched retro electronic instruments, programming loops and effects with classical strings from musical quartet Collectress. Check out a rehearsal video here.

The Old Market
5th Sept
£10/£8 Concession


Mutator 1+2

William Latham, one of the UK’s pioneering computer artists, blends organic imagery and computer animation in order to create complex 3D futuristic organisms. Latham’s first major exhibition in the UK for over 20 years will include early hand-drawn work, large computer generated Cibachrome prints, video art and projected imagery.

Phoenix Gallery
21st Sept
9.00am – 17.00pm


Immaterials by Timo Arnall

One of Europe’s leading digital practitioners and creative director of BERG, along with a network of collaborators reveal the invisible infrastructure making up our technological world.

5th-30th Sept


Family Friendly Events


Brighton Mini Maker Faire

It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, with exhibitor highlights including a giant knitting robot, laser printed trains, a 3D body scanner, and a social media powered photo booth.

Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
7th-8th Sept
10.00 am
£5/Kids FREE


Pixel Pyros

A digital fireworks display that you control on a massive 60 foot wide screen using state of the art projectors and lasers! Touch the bright orbs of light to fire an array of gorgeous multi-coloured rockets. The Brighton date is the first night of a ten night nationwide tour funded by the Arts Council.

The Level
28th Sept


Swimming with Plankton in 3D

Swimming with Plankton is a visually stunning and highly educational event, demonstrating the vital role plankton plays in our survival.

Booth Museum of Natural History
6th-25th Sept


Other Interesting Events


Charity Chuckle

Comedy with a digital focus. For the first time Brighton Digital Festival features a stand up comedy night with award nominee David Trent and TV personality Nathan Penglinton. Combining professional comedians with new stand ups and TV stars.

Komedia, Studio Bar
10th September


The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey

A journey through the high seas, soak up the adventure and encounter danger and exhilaration. Vividly told with beautiful illustration and puppetry, cinematic projection and cunning tricks transform a suitcase full of cut-out paper puppets into an array of living characters and striking landscapes with live music. Check out The Old Market’s photo diary here.

The Old Market
19th-21st September
£12/£10 Concession


Open Studios 2013

Brighton based digital, media and creative companies such as Crunch Accounting, will open their doors to the public, offering an ideal situation for students looking to gain insight, graduates looking for a career and creatives and freelancers looking to develop new contacts.

Various Digital, Media and Creative Studios
23rd-27th September
Various times


The Rise and Fall of Geo Goynes

This is a new outdoor, interactive event created by Roots Experience. The show combines digital technology and theatre. Members of public are guided on a journey across the city for the ultimate real life gaming experience using mobile technology. Check out this ‘making of’ video here.

The Old Market
28th – 29th Sept
13.30pm, 15.00pm, 16.30pm, 18.00pm


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