CultureTECH festival hoping to draw 40,000 visitors to city

Participants launching Culture Tech on Derry's walls.
Participants launching Culture Tech on Derry's walls.

This year’s CultureTECH
festival, which takes place in the city in September, is promising to be one of the biggest yet, with over 40,000 people expected to visit the North West for the one week event.

The impressive line-up includes a three-day Minecraft tournament, a science stage show for over 6,000 young people, a temporary 360 degree video dome music venue as well as the first events in both the new North West Regional Science Park and the creative industries hub at Ebrington.

Now in its third year, Culture TECH is Northern Ireland’s largest technology and creative industries event and will take place across the week of September 15- 21. With a focus on creative technology and media, the festival has seen enormous growth since its launch in 2012, becoming a favourite with both industry delegates and young people from across the city - over 8,000 of whom took part in the events last year.

Speaking ahead of the release, festival director Mark Nagurski said: “Every year our goal is to make CultureTECH bigger and better, so we are incredibly excited to be announcing some of the highlights from this year’s programme. Simply put, we’ve got more video games, more workshops, more family events, more educational programming and more community-based activities than ever before.

“And of course, we are absolutely thrilled to be working in partnership with Derry City Council to welcome MTV Crashes to Derry, bringing a packed programme of events across the week to an amazing close.”

Some of the highlights announced yesterday include: The City Arcade - One of the biggest video games events in Ireland, including a huge Minecraft tournament in the city’s Guildhall and dozens of free-to-play arcades throughout the historic walled city-centre;

And Ministry of Science Live! - A science-focused stage show, supported by technology firm Seagate and urban regeneration company ILEX, which will play to over 6,000 young people across the week.

Over 15,000 young people are expected to take part in CultureTECH’s educational strand which includes contributions from Seagate, BT, Kainos and Honeycomb - Creative Works.

Another highlight is 360° Video Dome - An 11 metre high-definition video dome which will play host to a range of music events and stunning visual displays.

Over 70 individual events which will take place throughout neighbourhoods and communities in the city and the wider North West, programmed and hosted by over 50 community and voluntary organisations.