This week Derry plays host to a four day festival of technology, media and music called CultureTECH.
A veritable banquet of digital culture featuring acts, keynotes, bands, artists, developers and speakers will be on offer at venues and spaces all over the city from Wednesday 29 August to Saturday 1 September.
Over 1,000 delegates have registered so far to hear more than 90 industry speakers, nearly 50 music acts, ﬁlm screenings, games events, digital street art and a digital funfair.
I’m going along to review the Digital Marketing For The Rest of Us day on Wednesday. The speakers are drawn from big corporate organisations and small online agencies so it promises to be an interesting session.
Would be musicians and gamers get access to experienced advisors on Thursday who talk about, amongst other things, how to create the most awesome music video ever on a shoestring.
Friday looks like a great day at The Millennium Forum where the ten Big Ideas in the morning are followed with an afternoon of TED-worthy keynote speakers including Ben Hammersley (WIRED UK), Kath Mainland (Edinburgh Festival), Sir Nicholas Kenyon (Barbican) and Daniel Burwen (Cognito Comics).
If Wednesday is the marketing day, Thursday the gaming and media day, Friday the big speakers day then Saturday is the fun day. That’s when the CultureTECH picnic is held with a digital funfair (featuring a virtual coconut shy) and a free outdoor gig with Duke Special headling.
Good luck to everyone involved in the organisation of this inaugural digital fest. Reviews to follow.