Brighton Digital Festival Highlights

BDF 2014: Family Friendly Highlights

Published On September 3, 2014 | By We Love Brighton | Things to do features

Brighton Digital Festival provides a platform for organisations and individuals who are passionate about digital culture, to share exciting innovations and technologies, and to learn from others in the field.

Here is the third part of our four part series looking at highlighted events in the four key areas of this years festival: Innovation and Technology, Arts and Culture, Family Friendly and Community Focussed. With this in mind, here are our Family Friendly highlights.


Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsLittle Bo Beep

Creative digital studio RamJam in collaboration with Brighton Animators Network Group (BANG!) present ‘Little Bo Beep has lost her (digital) sheep’ – a community event that allows you to discover the work of local animators and artists’ and win prizes while having fun. Little Bo Beep has come to town to check out The Brighton Digital Festival and managed to lose all her sheep! Help her to find them by spotting the sheep stickers and posters spread around the city. When scanned with a smartphone, the stickers’ QR code reveals an animation with a secret message created by BANG! members. Participants (anybody with a QR code reader) that discover all six messages can email for a chance to win prizes created by local artists!

City Wide – 1-28 Sept 24 Hours a Day —-

Croaking Drain, Hidden Frog

It’s a fact: Amphibians are going extinct. Agent Amphibian is investigating, equipped with specialist listening and recording devices, she collects underground croaks and sighs, reaching down to the deepest hidden base-layer of stories that make up this City. Join her when she re-emerges as DJ Agent Amphibian in her Croakorus Sound Swamp installation, at the very special launch of Loop croak-mixing, live-composing and performing through the night. The Streets of Brighton – 1-30 Sept – All Day – FREE Loop Launch –  27 Sept – 7pm – £3 —-

Project: OggBots!

A huge city wide treasure hunt to solve the mystery of the alien, ‘OggBots’. Solve clues, meet strange characters and take part in an immersive adventure in electronic skullduggery! It’s life Jim, but not as we know it! Family fun from the future! Build your very own robot and take it with you on an action packed adventure through the streets of Brighton! Venue TBA – 20, 21 Sep  Various Start Times From 10am – FREE —-

Pebble Gorge

An outdoor adventure for families and small groups exploring the effects of climate change. Armed with a smartphone, you and your family are on a mission. An outdoor adventure for families and small groups, that explores the effects of climate change in the UK. Armed with a smartphone and specialist app technology, you and your family are agents for change, hunting down clues and interacting on your mission to stall the Three and a Half Degrees Gang. Brighton Dome – 21 Sept Every 15 Minutes From 10am – £8/£6

Builders & Makers

Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsBrighton Mini Maker Faire

THE interactive festival of creativity and invention. The 2014 Brighton Mini Maker Faire promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more than 70 makers and workshops and close to 4,000 visitors expected to attend. Praised as one of the most interactive, innovative, educational and fun family-friendly events of the year with activities for all ages, this year’s event will include a wide variety of makers who will be sharing their skills from arts and crafts, technology, electronics, music, engineering, DIY, wood- and metal-working. Antweight combat robots, a walking skeleton, DIY portable sound systems, underwater vehicles, 3D chocolate printing, live-action Pac Man, toy hacking and a homemade electric car are just some of the highlights in store for visitors. Brighton Dome – 6 Sept 10am-6pm – £8/£6 —-

BlockBuilders – Create Your Future Today

Tired of adults making all the decisions in your town? Now it’s your turn to have a say! How would you like to change the world? Using Minecraft this event will show you how to work as a group and come up with ideas for the future of your town. All children will get to bring their creations to life by building them in Minecraft. It will teach your child how to work within a team of other likeminded children, how to form brilliant ideas and opinions about the future of their town and finally how to build beautiful pitches that we can show to the council. Jubilee Library – 13, 20, 27 Sept  Session 1: 13:15 – 14:45. Session 2: 15:15 – 16:45 – £10

Artists & Musicians

Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsRemix the Museum 

See Brighton Museum like you’ve never seen it before, as the Brighton Youth Film Festival teams up with animator Dave Packer and a team of young creators as they present a visual remix of the museum’s collections.Brighton Youth Film Festival, animator Dave Packer, and a team of young people remix Brighton Museum! Collections, visitor memories, and the secret stories of the building are mashed and mixed up into a display with a difference. 6, 8-28 Sept Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 5pm – FREE —-

Laser Light Synths

Become a musician for one night with Laser Light Synths – the music and light show that you control! This new interactive musical extravaganza will turn passers by into musicians and New Road’s Unitarian Church into a laser light spectacular. Laser Light Synths is the latest project from Seb Lee-Delisle, the local award-winning digital artist who drew crowds to Brighton last Autumn with his PixelPyros digital fireworks display. READ OUR PREVIEW HERE. Brighton Unitarian Church – 6 Sept  8pm – 10pm – FREE —-

SprungDigi Dares You 

A fun accessible trail that will get you taking pics and short films of your daring feats using our fantabulous Mapfactor app and tech. Marvellous mayhem in the streets of Brighton using our Mapfactor app. Developed by our learning disabled SprungDigi artist crew alongside Brighton based app developers Surface Impression – the daring trail takes about an hour with a fun debrief. Lighthouse – 26 Sept From 10am – FREE —-

B.fest: Young Inventors Centre Live

Exploring Senses and BYC present ‘B.fest: Young Inventors Centre Live’ digital event for young people aged 13-19yrs. Expect live music and coding, 3D printing & 3D scanning workshops, film, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences, interactive puppet animations & robotics, electronic instruments making workshops, and more! READ OUR PREVIEW HERE. BYC Brighton Youth Centre – 27 Sept  2pm – FREE

Developers & Gamers

Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsCoder Dojo Open Day

CoderDojo is a global movement of volunteers, set up to encourage kids and young people to become creators rather then just users of computers. The one rule at CoderDojo is to ‘be cool’. Are you interested in programming? Whether you’re a beginner or a competent programmer already, everyone is welcome at CoderDojo. If you’re a girl, don’t believe the stereotypes that say programming is only for boys – come along and join the other girls who already come to CoderDojo Brighton! Creativity Suite, Cockcroft Building, University of Brighton – 6 Sept  10am – 1pm – FREE —-

Pop up Arcade

Pop up Arcade hopes to open up gaming culture to a wider audience, as well as providing support to the local Indie game community. Games include: Please Don’t, Space dog – Using an Oculus Rift and custom controller, navigate your ship through space, with your trusty canine companion, Hohokum – Fly into a psychedelic landscape, as you control a giant rainbow snake-worm, collecting creatures as you pass and Bear Chuck – a game for 2 players, where you are a bear, and you chuck stuff. Simple really. Lick Warehouse, New England House – 20, 21 Sept Friday: 7pm – 11pm/Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm – Free! (It costs £5 for the party on the Friday night, but Saturday and Sunday are free.) —- For more information on these events and more please use the links below – @DigitalBrighton

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