Culture Tech wins award- and asks you how to spend it

Mark Nagurski from CultureTECH.
Mark Nagurski from CultureTECH.

Derry’s CultureTECH Festival has picked up the overall Arts Award at the annual Allianz Arts and Business NI Awards this week.

The prize is awarded to organisations which �develop and pioneer new ideas� and includes a £�3,000 cash prize.

Now the festival organisers are asking the public to decide how they spend it.

Festival Director Mark Nagurski said: “We are absolutely delighted, and more than a little surprised, to have won this amazing award.

“Collaborations between arts, business and the community have been part of our DNA from the start, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of partner organisations we�ve worked with over the last 3 years.

“This award represents all of their hard work and continued commitment as much as ours. With that in mind, we think it�s fitting to ask the public how the prize money should be spent.�

“The festival team have suggested three ideas and are asking the public to let them know which they would like to see.

“The ideas include an ArtsTech conference during the festival this September, bursaries to other arts organisations to support their involvement or a set of learning resources for young people.

“Anyone who would like to have their say can leave a comment on CultureTECH�s Facebook page or reply via Twitter.”

CultureTECH, which attracted over 43,000 attendees in September, also received a nomination and �Highly Commended� nod for its continuing partnership with Seagate.

Dr Brian Burns, Vice President of Seagate’s Springtown Operations said: “We’re delighted that CultureTECH has won this prestigious award and extend our congratulations to the team. Seagate has been a sponsor of CultureTECH since its inception in 2012 so we’ve seen first-hand the extent to which the festival has grown in scope, and content, not least the development of an ambitious and exciting CultureTECH Junior programme that has enabled us to reach thousands of young people.”

Sinead McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Derry’s Chamber of Commerce added: “The Chamber is delighted that the contribution of CultureTECH has been recognised and applauded within a Northern Ireland context. The festival gives the business community a showcase programme to promote our creative, innovative region as part of the economic proposition of the North West. We are particularly pleased to see the educational programme, developed with Seagate, recognised as it has been instrumental in helping to promote creativity and innovation to our young people.�”

CultureTECH 2015 will take place in Derry this year from September 14th to the 20th.