Brighton Digital Festival 2016: Festival highlights this September

Published On August 12, 2016 | By We Love Brighton | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

Brighton Digital Festival
Various Venues
1st to 30th September 2016

Brighton Digital Festival is the UK’s largest digital festival, now in its 6th year. 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.

Virtual Reality, one of this year’s most highly anticipated technologies is widely featured, along with a strong focus on dancedesignwomen in digital and education.

Brighton Digital Festival 2016vrLAB is a four-day public event at The Old Market featuring more than 15 VR experiences, demos and talks using the latest headsets.

High profile conferences returning include Dots and Brighton SEO. There will also be thought provoking discussions at The Long Progress Bar, and all things audio covered at Radio // Future Sounds, which will also be live streamed on totallyradio.

Anyone on the streets of Brighton can also interact with Hello Lamp Post throughout September – an interactive SMS platform inviting people to start conversations with everyday objects, such as lampposts, parking meters and even stuffed animals.

Family-friendly and educational events will again play a central role at this year’s festival. Including the Royal Institute and Brighton & Hove High School who have partnered for the Computer Science Master-classes.

Laurence Hill, Brighton Digital Festival manager, said: “This year’s programme is our most diverse to date, which makes sense if you consider that digital now underpins most of our lives”

Check below for festival highlight and see the full programme here.

Brighton Digital Festival Highlights:


DRHA Conference (Digital Research in Humanities and Arts) | 4th to 7th Sept @ University of Brighton

DRHA is a four-day annual conference and networking platform for worldwide industry leaders, academics and practitioners to share information and build connections. This year’s topic is ‘place ecology and the digital’ with a series of talks, live performances and workshops on the impact of place and ecology and how digital may change or facilitate this.

Brighton SEO | 2nd Sept @ The Brighton Centre

Brighton SEO is one-day search marketing conference including a variety of training workshops and talks from Europe’s best industry speakers. It’s detailed, specific and hands on and takes place twice a year in Brighton.

SheSays | 22nd Sept@ Sallis Benney Theatre

Global orgnaisation SheSays offers free networking opportunities to help empower women in the digital and creative industries. What’s The Big Idea? is this year’s theme featuring five highly influential speakers giving talks on topics such as gaming, technology and how to become a role model in the workplace.

Digital performances

Adam Buxton’s BUG: David Bowie special | 8th Sept @ The Old Market

Adam Buxton, comedian actor and director, returns with the ever-popular BUG, a big-screen extravaganza and tribute to the late David Bowie. The show is about giving big screen exposure to key moments of Bowie’s life and career whilst remembering the incredible mark he left on our cultural landscape.

Hacked on Classics | 28th Sept @ The Old Market

Bringing retro gadgets and 80s nostalgia back, Hacked on Classics is a fun celebration of old school technology in a modern era. Using computers and lasers the show aims to unravel all the geeky details about the most famous gadgets from the past 40 years, including Casio keyboards and Nintendo light guns.

#Sergina’s Stimulatingly Sexy Simultaneous Simulation of Herself |17th Sept @ Fabrica and The Marlborough

#Sergina is a multi-bodied, border-straddling Drag Princess, who sings and performs songs about love in a time of digitalism, both online and in the flesh.

Family friendly

vrLAB | 16 – 18  Sept @ The Old Market

vrLAB will redefine the live experience through immersive tech and storytelling. Every room in The Old Market will be transformed into a Virtual Reality operating experience, including live demonstrations, discussions and projections.

Hello Lamp Post | September across Brighton and Hove

Using SMS and everyday street furniture, Hello Lamp Post is a project that encourages individuals to rediscover their local environment and uncover the stories that other people leave behind. By texting on their mobile, users are invited to start conversations with everyday objects such as lampposts, parking meters and even stuffed animals.

Technology Is Not Neutral | 2 to 26 Sept @ Phoenix Brighton

Technology Is Not Neutral is an exhibition by women, representing women in today’s digital industry. The exhibition explores and investigates a group of female digital artists in an industry that is often underrepresented and will feature a range of diverse commissioned work .

Brighton Digital Festival 2016





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