BDF is a platform that supports and encourages people across the city to experience and explore digital technology and culture.
The festival recognises the influential and innovative creativity of the digital economy and culture sectors and provides space for meaningful critique about the role of digital technology in reshaping life and culture.
It brings together diverse sections of Brighton’s population in new settings, as creators, as audiences and as participants, to help shape the future of the region.
The Festival runs on an open-programme model, meaning anyone can independently organise an event and submit it to the festival programme.
Whether you want to organise a hackathon, a dance performance, a conference or an open studio, as long as your event provides meaningful engagement with digital culture, you’re good to go.
This open-programme of independent events is augmented by an arts and education strand programmed by the festival team through open calls and curated commissions.
There have been versions of a Brighton Digital Festival going back to the late 90s.
In its current iteration, Brighton Digital Festival has existed since 2011. Originally developed by arts organisation Lighthouse and digital agency Clearleft as a way to bring together the arts and creative industries in the city, it was later managed by Wired Sussex.
As a CIC (Community Interest Company), the festival is now independent of those roots and continues to grow in scale and ambition.