Big BT boost for CultureTECH

Peter Morris BT
Peter Morris BT

BT has given a major boost to the new Derry media and technology festival with news of a sponsorship deal which will allow up to 200 young people to attend for free.

CultureTECH is a four-day festival of digital technology, media and music which runs from Wednesday week, August 29th. It combines an industry conference, live music and an extensive programme of free, family-friendly events. With over 700 conference delegates already confirmed, and an estimated 8,000 members of the public expected to attend the wider festival, it will be one of the biggest technology events in Northern Ireland this year.

As part of their support for the event, BT will provide 200 festival passes which will be distributed to young people through a variety of community groups, schools and other organisations. Young people can also register their interest directly at www.culturetech.co/kids

In addition, BT’s involvement will see the communications and IT company supporting events and workshops across gaming and online business. In partnership with the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, BT will host a full day of digital business workshops on Wednesday, August 29th at The Playhouse. BT is also the main sponsor of an all-day games tournament, which will take place from 10am to 11pm on Saturday, September 1st, in the Millennium Forum theatre in the city.

Peter Morris, Corporate Services Director, BT, said, “We are delighted to be involved in what is certain to be a huge new event in the Northern Ireland calendar, and would like to encourage community groups, schools, and youth groups to avail of the free tickets. BT has made a multi-million pound investment as principal partner of Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013, and technology is one key strand of our contribution. Technology is the great enabler – helping people to be creative, to grow their enterprises, to improve their lives – and now, at the touch of a button, this region can share its talent with the rest of the world and store it online for many future generations to enjoy.”

Some of the over 90 speakers confirmed for the event include Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Director of the Barbican, and Kath Mainland, CEO of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nearly 50 music acts will also perform, including Derry electronic act The Japanese Popstars, Fighting With Wire, Paul Woolford and More Than Conquerors. The highlight of the festival will be a free, outdoor concert featuring Duke Special, which will take place in the city centre on Saturday, September 1st.

Festival organiser, Mark Nagurski, commented: “Working with BT to deliver these events was an obvious choice and we are truly excited to have them involved. In particular, we can’t wait to welcome so many young people to the festival, which will be the real legacy of the event.”

Further information and tickets are available at www.culturetech.co.