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Each year Brighton Digital Festival hosts a vibrant programme of independently organised events that run alongside a curated strand of arts and education programming. In the last 6 years we’ve had the pleasure of commissioning, supporting and working with a huge amount of artists and technologists with whom we’ve built some valuable lasting relationships. In this new series we reach out to the artists we’ve worked with to showcase where they’ve been and where they are now.
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2015 has been a record-breaking year for Brighton Digital Festival – with the highest number of events and broadest live and online audience to date. While we reflect on the month and look forward to what’s ahead, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the innovators, tinkerers, forward thinkers and creative minds that powered Brighton Digital Festival 2015 – it’s your passion and creativity that make the festival what it is. As a small thank you we’ve gathered some of our favourite photos from the months’ activities – Enjoy!
Outstanding community-driven activity is at heart of Brighton Digital Festival. Since 2013 we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to offer Grassroots Fund Awards of £500 to independently organised events that are small in scale but large in scope, with a particular focus on activity that would be unlikely to take place without financial support. We’re very excited to announce our Grassroots Fund Awardees for #BDF15:
Our wish for the Brighton Digital Festival Education strand is to involve and engage more young people, schools, colleges and life long learners from all communities within Brighton and the surrounding areas. The explosion in digital making is being well represented by a range of events during the festival and we want to ensure these opportunities are available to the widest audience.
We are incredibly excited to announce our eight arts commissions for Brighton Digital Festival 2015. This year we had two strands of commissioning; Arts & Technology – for artists and creative technologists to produce ambitious interdisciplinary work that explores the intersection of arts, technology, and society, and newforms – supporting emerging artists to produce new work that presses against or transcends boundaries between art and digital culture.
Brighton Digital Festival is delighted to announce that it has appointed Jon Pratty, as its first ever Chair. Jon is a digital thought leader who has dedicated his professional life to driving ideas concerned with arts, digital and society. He was the architect of the festival during its creation in 2011 and now returns to the helm to steer its strategy, guide its ongoing development and spread the digital message to the masses.
Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at some of Brighton’s most innovative and creative companies? This year as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2015, Wired Sussex have invited 27 Brighton-based Creative, Digital & IT Companies to run 33 events over 4 days – resulting in a jam-packed line-up of workshops, drop-ins, demonstrations, talks, parties and games tournaments.
Event submissions for #BDF15 are now open, and event organisers can now submit their events through the new Festival website from now, and start preparing for the celebrations to kick off in September! We wanted to share some top-tips for submitting your event to the website, so you can get the most out of your experience.