Derry’s digital culture to go viral

Launching the Culture Tech Junior, at the Craft Village, Niall Doherty.

Launching the Culture Tech Junior, at the Craft Village, Niall Doherty.

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Derry band, ‘Jetplane Landing’ will play their first local concert in eight years at this year’s CultureTECH festival in September.

The festival, officially launched in the Craft Village on Tuesday, is the North’s biggest digital and creative industries event. It’s part of Derry’s City of Culture programme and will run from September 9 to 15.

“It’s definitely bigger and dare I say better than last year’s inaugural event,” said CultureTECH’s Head of Marketing and Partnerships, Connor Doherty.

“Obviously CultureTECH is a celebration of culture and technology but we want to engage with those on the periphery too. That’s why music and namely ‘Jetplane Landing’ are big part of the festival - we want people to come along, enjoy themselves and have a good time,” he said.

It’s hoped that as many as 30,000 people will attend CultureTECH this year and Connor said the this year’s festival is keen to put local young people in the spotlight.

“Let’s face it, when it comes to the emerging economy, on both a local and national level, digital innovation and technology has a huge part to play and who will be in charge of all of this technology and innovation? The young people coming through school now - they are the ones who will be leading the way.

“There’s also the CultureTECH Junior Exhibition Family Day which will take place on Saturday September 14 in the Venue - it’s going to be presented by Seagate and it’s also completely free. It’s one of the biggest ever science and technology events to be held in the North West so you can understand why we are really excited about that one,” said Connor.

The CultureTECH Junior Enterprise event will take place on Monday September 9 in the Millennium Forum.

The event will give local schoolchildren the chance to explore business opportunities across the digital sector and provide them with an understanding of how digital business start-ups are financed and work in practice.

“I hate to sound clichéd but with a programme as wide -ranging and as diverse as this year’s one it’s almost impossible not to say that there’s something for everyone,” said Connor.

“Movies, music, theatre, social networking, gaming, enterprise, education, social events and app designing - the list really goes on.

“I’d encourage everyone, no matter their level of experience with technology, to keep an eye out for our programmes when they our out and about or if people prefer they can go to our website and find out more.

“This year’s City of Culture celebrations have been unprecedented in Derry and I believe that CultureTECH will add further credibility to the city’s reputation.

“The level of local talent out there when it comes to digital technology is just waiting to be tapped into and CultureTECH is a platform for the people of this city to make themselves heard.

“I’ve my tickets already sorted for ‘Jetplane Landing’. I would advise anyone interested in coming along to do the same soon,” smiled Connor.

CultureTECH is funded by Seagate and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).

For more information on all that’s happening during this year’s CultureTECH festival log on to www.culturetech.co or follow them on Twitter: @culturetechfest