Thousands of people are expected to take part in the annual CultureTECH Festival in Derry this September.
Due to its popularity, the event, which celebrates all things digital, has been expanded to nine days.
The festivals highlights include a city-wide “maker” faire, three days of Minecraft gaming and over a dozen industry conferences and seminars.
Now in its fourth year, CultureTECH is the largest creative industries and technology event in Northern Ireland - and one of the largest family-friendly technology events in the UK and Ireland.
It has also become a significant event for young people, something which is reflected heavily in this year’s programme.
Over 15,000 schoolchildren will take part in events across the week including 7,000 at a huge science stage show at the Millennium Forum.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Mark Nagurski from CultureTECH said: “The aim of CultureTECH has always been to make technology fun and accessible. So it’s not surprising that it’s families and the young people of Northern Ireland who have really taken it to their hearts. You can really see that influence in the 2015 programme; everything is about getting hands-on with technology and having fun. So if you know any kids that are into video games, robots and rockets - make sure they get down.”
Selected highlights from the programme include: Invasion Derry (Sept 12-13) - the popular Stars Wars fan event; Comic City (Sept 12-13) - a new 2-day event focused on digital creativity and comic art; DojoCon (Sept 18-19) - the annual global conference for the CoderDojo community; City Arcade Minecraft Weekend (Sept 18-20) - three days of Minecraft gaming events in the Millennium Forum; Ministry of Science Live! (Sept 14-18) - huge science stage show playing to 7,000 young people across the week; Formula DerrE (Sept 19) - live racing in electric carts built by local primary schools; Maker City (Sept 18-19) - over 100 technology exhibits and workshops across the city-centre and BBC Make It Digital Marquee (Sept 18-19) - 4000ft2 of interactive digital fun as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital programme
CultureTECH will take place at various locations throughout Derry from Saturday, September 12 until Sunday, September 20. The full festival programme has just been released and can be found online at www.culturetech.co