Big names line up for CultureTECH

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The chief executive of one of the world’s biggest arts festivals and the editor of the UK’s leading tech magazine are among the keynote speakers bound for Derry’s Culture TECH.

The four-day festival of digital technology, media and music - combining an industry conference, live music and an extensive programme of free, family-friendly events - already has 700 conference delegates confirmed and expects to draw around 8000 members of the public.

It runs from August to September 1.

Among the confirmed speakers are Kath Mainland, CEO of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Director of The Barbican, Europe’s largest performance venue and Ben Hammerlsey, Editor-at-Large at Wired magazine and Downing Street’s Ambassador to Tech City.

“Culture Tech is one part conference, one part music festival and one part family-friendly carnival, all designed to celebrate digital culture. As of today we have announced over 50 speakers across TV, music, gaming and digital arts and we’re expecting well over 500 industry delegates and 10,000 members of the public to take part in activities and events across the city,”says organiser Mark Nagurski.

“We are thrilled to have so many high-profile speakers and industry experts involved in the event already and next week we will be announcing our music lineup, including dozens of acts and a free, public concert which will take place on the last day of the festival. In other words it’s going to be fantastically exciting.”

Meanwhile more than 200 young people will attend CultureTECH for free thanks to support from BT.

Peter Morris of BT says the company is delighted to support the event - set to run for four days in the city at the end of this month.

“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,” he says.

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 1.

CultureTECH runs from August 29 to September 1. More info is online at