Brighton Digital Festival 2014 Announces Programme of Events
1st to 28th September 2014
Various venues across the City
Brighton Digital Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of digital culture, will be returning this year with over 100 events already confirmed and many more in development. The Festival runs from 1 to 28 September, bringing together the City’s arts and digital communities through a range of exhibitions, performances, conferences, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events, all taking place across Brighton and Hove.
The first series of events are announced today prior to the launch of the full programme on the Brighton Digital Festival website – www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk.
Events confirmed include the popular and well-established conferences including dConstruct, Reasons to be Creative, Improving Reality and Brighton SEO, along with a range of new arts, entertainment and family friendly events.
dConstruct, is a one-day conference on 5 September, this year focused on ‘living with the network’. One of the most highly anticipated speakers is Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, activist, journalist, blogger and co-editor of Boing Boing. Dots is a new innovation conference focused on celebrating ideas by connecting things in new ways. It takes place on 3 September and has been created by Brighton digital strategy agency Brilliant Noise.
A free outdoor interactive music and laser event in New Road, Laser Light Synths, concludes the first week of the Festival on the Saturday (6 September) from 8pm. Created by Seb Lee-Delisle (behind prior PixelPyros installations), the free installation enables members of the public to become musicians, using bespoke touch-activated musical instruments filled with hundreds of high power LED lights. As you play, the sounds trigger a laser light spectacle, running up the columns of the Unitarian Church.
Lighthouse will bring Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev to Brighton Digital Festival 2014 to exhibit Critical Engineering from 2 September. The free exhibition shows a collection of sculptures and installations exploring the problems created by our increasingly technologised environment.
Following its premiere at the Royal Opera House in May, The Measures Taken will be coming to The Old Market on 26 September. Alexander Whitley Dance Company has teamed up with Marshmallow Laser Feast to explore our interdependent relationship with technology. Also at The Old Market, CIRCA69 and Simon Wilkinson will be retelling the most mysterious disappearance story in Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere on 4 September.
Alongside the conferences, exhibitions and performances, Brighton Digital Festival has confirmed a range of family friendly and educational events, including the return of the Brighton Mini Maker Faire for its fourth year. This creative and inventive faire celebrates the Maker movement, bringing a variety of workshops and displays to Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on 6 September.
For aspiring architects and town planners, BlockBuilders will be helping under-16s build their own vision of the London Road redevelopment using Minecraft, a popular creative gaming platform. Those who want to get to know their existing town better can also explore the streets for Little Bo Peep, a QR code enabled treasure hunt from the Brighton Animators Network Group (Bang!) in collaboration with RamJam.
This year, the Festival has expanded its digital education programme, which aims to get a diverse range of younger learners switched-on to digital education themes that compliment the new GCSE modules for ICT & Computer Sciences. The Festival has also selected six Arts & Technology Commissions, ambitious artworks that embody the multifaceted nature of Brighton Digital Festival, and explore a fusion between arts and technology. Further information about these commissions will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jesse Black Mooney, Brighton Digital Festival manager, said:
“We are thrilled that so many creative and inspiring events have been submitted to this year’s festival programme, with more coming in every day. Being able to offer awards through our various commissions this year has allowed us to expand our programme, but it is the local community’s enthusiasm and involvement in shaping the festival that makes Brighton Digital Festival so fantastic. This is a celebration of Brighton and Hove as well as a celebration of digital culture.”
Arts Council England, Brighton and Hove City Council, American Express, Pure360 and Brighton and Hove Independent are all supporters of Brighton Digital Festival 2014. The Festival is guided and supported by a consortium group including Clearleft, Brandwatch, Wired Sussex, Lighthouse, Fabrica, South East Dance, Fugu PR, Phoenix Brighton, Brilliant Noise, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and Brighton Dome.
Events are still being added to the Festival listings until September, so visit the website for the latest information and details on how to submit an event of your own. A printed programme will be distributed from late August and the full listings (including venues, timings and prices) are available online.