Culture Tech to be ‘major’ hit

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Derry’s Culture Tech Festival kicks off todayand is being tipped to be a major success for the city.

More than 1,000 delegates have already purchased tickets for the four day celebration of digital culture and technologies.

The Culture Tech Festival draws upon a rich array of digital and musical talent. Headlining the entertainment will be Duke Special with a free performance at Guildhall Square on Saturday.

A total of 90 special guest speakers will address various Culture Tech events, with many of them travelling internationally to share their valuable experience with the North West of Ireland.

The most notable speakers include Sir Nick Kenyon of the Barbican, along with Kath Mainland, CEO of the Edinburgh Fringe, and Ben Hammersley of Wired UK.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce will host a digital marketing training day tomorrow and CEO Sinead McLaughlin said the four day event will be “fantastic”. “The fact that Culture Tech has attracted such a high calibre of speakers and performers proves that our ambitions are matched by a confidence that has spread internationally in our ability to deliver on our objectives. Make no mistake – Culture Tech is a major event, which is an indication both that Digital Derry is delivering in its support of the emerging digital business sector in Derry and that City of Culture next year will have a very important digital dimension.”

SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood said that Culture Tech will give “tangible expression” to the budding potential of event organisers Digital Derry, an initiative led by the Chamber.

“It is an exciting mix and showcase for the creative industries and creative expression. Great congratulations must go the organisers, in particularly to our local Chamber of Commerce and Mark Nagurski who have spearheaded the digital ambition in Derry. I know they have worked long and hard to bring this festival to fruition. “I would encourage everyone, whether experienced and inexperienced in the world of new technologies, to avail of the diversity of events on offer. As the organisers have said, it is not just an event for techies.”