A picnic in Derry city centre showcasing the best in homegrown musical talent will be one the highlights of this year’s CultureTECH festival, it was announced this week.
The one day picnic, on September 14, will be curated by “small but massive” festival Glasgowbury and will be free for all.
The CultureTECH Festival will be a week long programme of technology, media and music events which is expected to attract in excess of 30,000 people this September. The festival celebrates the growing digital sector across Northern Ireland with over 100 events throughout the historic city centre.
The events, which were announced on Tuesday, include a major industry conference and partner events delivered in association with the Belfast Media Festival, DANI Awards, Glasgowbury, the University of Ulster, W5 and Teen Tech amongst others. Festival organiser Mark Nagurski explained: “CultureTECH was great fun in 2012, but this year’s festival is going to be enormous.
“We’ve already got nearly 100 sessions pencilled into the programme including some incredible events being hosted by a brilliant lineup of partners. We’re particularly excited about hosting the Belfast Media Festival’s first trip to the city and bringing Teen Tech to Northern Ireland for the first time.” “Naomh McElhatton of the DANI Awards said: “‘This is such a golden opportunity for us to recognise the creative talent in the digital marketing and content industry in Northern Ireland. For us, moving into the 3rd year of the awards where better to celebrate it than at CultureTECH. This is such an exciting year for the digital sector, such an exciting year for Derry, so lets enjoy and reward all the work being done.’’ “Former Tomorrow’s World presenter and CEO of Teen Tech, Maggie Philbin, said: “We are thrilled to bring TeenTech to Northern Ireland and very proud to be part of CultureTECH. There are exciting opportunities for young people in dynamic science, technology and engineering companies and we want to make sure they understand how they can be part of this world.
“TeenTech is a chance for Northern Ireland to inspire the innovators of the future, to show teenagers the skills they need.” “Peter Johnston, Director BBC Northern Ireland and chair of Creative Skillset in NI said:
“The Belfast Media Festival is a major annual event that brings together the creative sector to discuss and debate the future of one of the fastest growing and most important sectors to the Northern Ireland economy.
“We are delighted to work in strategic partnership with CultureTECH during the city’s year-long celebration of culture, arts and creativity.
“Joining forces is a great opportunity for us to explore the synergies between traditional broadcast media and newer digital technologies.” Paddy Glasgow, founder of the Glasgowbury festival commented: “Glasgowbury are excited to be linking with CultureTECH in 2013, working together to showcase some fantastic homegrown musical talent. CultureTECH festival is a vibrant and innovative event and Glasgowbury are aiming to bring its ‘small but massive’ approach to proceedings.” Outside of the major events within the programme, the focus shifts to showcasing local talent through an Open Call for Northern Irish companies, digital artists, filmmakers and musicians. Something, which CultureTECH is keen to promote. “2013 is a unique opportunity for Derry-Londonderry and the rest of Northern Ireland to put our talent on show and while we are absolutely delighted to have so many great events in the programme already, it is the homegrown talent that will turn CultureTECH into something special,” Mr Nagurski said.
“Over the next two months we’re inviting anyone who would like to be part of the festival to submit their ideas for events - from music gigs to arts exhibitions.
“We’re committed to making as many of these ideas as we can happen, and if the response is half as good as it’s been in the months since last year’s event, I’m certain we’ll have some really exciting ideas to work with.” Registration and ticket information is available now at www.culturetech.co along with further information about the festival and Open Call submission forms