In a little over a week Derry with become Northern Ireland’s digital capital as it hosts the largest digital festival in the region.
Running from August 29th to September 1st, CultureTECH will welcome over 90 industry speakers from film, TV, gaming and the web alongside nearly 50 music acts including Duke Special, The Japanese Popstars, Screendeath, Paul Woolford, Fighting With Wire and General Fiasco. There are also multiple games arcades and screenings of classic films including Reservoir Dogs, Dawn of the Dead and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
No wonder then that over 850 delegates are now confirmed to attend the conference elements of the festival and upwards of 8,000 are expected across the music and film events - which are all open to the general public, with many events being free.
Thankfully, with so much going on the organisers of the festival, Digital Derry, have broken things down into broad themes by day.
Wednesday: Registration and “Offline Goes Online”
Wednesday is largely a pre-amble to the festival proper, featuring a day of workshops designed specifically for non-digital businesses and organisations, covering topics in marketing, social media and the use of digital tools in society. Further information and day passes for these sessions are available via the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday: Industry Sessions
Thursday is the first full-day of the festival, featuring over 60 industry speakers across Info packed workshops and networking sessions for anyone interested in gaming, music, film, TV, animation, digital arts, mobile, software and publishing. Sessions run from 10.30 in the morning through to 5.30pm. They’re followed by an evening of live music events, installations and screenings to soak up including the launch of local electronica record label Culture Glitch records.
Friday: Big Ideas and Keynotes
Exciting speakers talking big ideas! And of course there’ll be plenty of networking opps and interesting things to see and do. The main evening entertainment comes courtesy of The Japanese Popstars (Live), Paul Woolford, Psycatron, Screendeath, Bekuz DJs and many more across both the Nerve Centre and Masons. Admission is just £10 and tickets are available from the Nerve Centre, Masons and Chocolate.
Saturday: Family Day
Saturday kicks off in style with the CultureTECH Picnic, featuring music by Duke Special and support, a digital funfair, the Dog Ears party, free music throughout the day in the Craft Village, a major games tournament and free kids workshops in the Millennium Forum.
The festival is also gaining national and international attention, with several national radio shows featuring the event and delegates coming from afar afield as North America, Germany, Spain and Sweden.
But as festival organisers explain, the international delegation is just one part of what’s expected to be a great show.
“At the heart of CultureTECH there is an industry conference with some tremendous speakers, showcasing stunning work. However, we didn’t want to create an event that simply stayed inside a hotel or conference centre - we wanted to create someone that everyone could enjoy and that felt like a real celebration.
“Nearly all of the music and gaming events within the festival are open to the public and many of them are free.
“We want to encourage everyone to come down for a look and join in the festivities. This isn’t just an event for the techies, it’s an event for the whole city”
You can find more information about CultureTECH including the range of free events by visiting www.culturetech.co