Local companies gearing up for Culturetech festival

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The CultureTECH festival which takes place in Derry at the end of this month will feature over 90 industry speakers and dozens of music acts.

And while the event aims to bring some of the most exciting digital projects to the city, it is also a showcase of the work being done here with several North-West based companies on show.

On Friday, August 31st one of the companies which won last year’s SeedComp, hubb.it, will have its official launch. Hubb.it, is a new start-up that’s aiming to bring the global event community together by creating a digital platform for event goers. Breda Doherty and Catherine Morris are the duo behind the new venture which aims to be a type of social media platform for festival goers, particularly those attending independent music festivals, to swop tips, connect with other festival goers and rate their experiences following an event. Their launch is free to the public and will take place in the Craft Village from 6.30pm

The very next day, local children’s media company Dog Ears will host a free party to celebrate its new book, Puffins’ Rock. Running from 1-4pm in the afternoon the party will feature live music from The Murder Balladeers, Parky the Magician, face painting and signed copies of the book.

Also in the Craft Village, local record label Smalltown America will host its All-Dayer with a showcase of bands including General Fiasco, Conor Mason, Soak and The Bonnevilles across both Friday and Saturday.

Saturday night will also see the premiere of There Is No Real Courage Unless There Is Real Danger - a documentary by Derry filmmaker Aaron Connolly about the label, followed by a closing party at Masons featuring Negative Pegasus, Our Krypton Son, More Than Conquerors and Fighting With Wire.

Last but not least, the Northland Road based TV company, 360 Production, will show a preview screening of its latest BBC series James May’s Things You Need To Know, which will take place at 6pm on Thursday, August 30th in Sandinos.