CultureTECH 2013 Launches

Derry~Londonderry's festival of digital culture and technology returns from September 9 – 15

Derry~­Londonderry’s CultureTECH, the week-long festival of digital culture and technologies, has unveiled its 2013 programme, featuring in excess of 100 events taking place in venues across the city from September 9­ – 15. View the full festival programme.

Highlights include the Belfast Media Festival, 25 live music events, an International Artificial Intelligence Prize and a dedicated CultureTECH Junior programme, which is hoped will engage with as many as 10,000 young people.

There will also be over 30 international speakers from the worlds of arts, culture and technology, including Michael Spencer-Jones, rock photographer who shot iconic album covers for Oasis and The Verve, and many more.

Speaking ahead of the launch, festival director Mark Nagurski explained that the emphasis of this year’s event was on 'participation and accessibility'. 'Across the week we have events where people can build video games, write and record music, experiment with digital storytelling tools or learn software code.

'We have a brilliant lineup of speakers that cross the lines between technology, arts and culture,' Nagurski added. 'Organisations like the Tate, the Barbican, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and the NY Philharmonic will join a host of speakers from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and many more. But what hopefully sets CultureTECH apart are the opportunities for people from all backgrounds to engage.

'We have several groups who will be using CultureTECH as an opportunity to make films about the music industry, the games industry and the animation industry in Northern Ireland. And many more who will be using it as a platform to launch new companies, programmes and products.'

Perhaps the biggest draw will be the CultureTECH Junior programme, sponsored by Seagate. Designed initially as a dedicated strand of events for people under 18 to get involved in the festival, it has quickly grown into the largest individual project within it.

Over three days, nearly 40 organisations ­ including CERN, Intel, W5, Samsung and Seagate ­ will host a major science and technology expo for young people at The Venue, making it one of the biggest events of its kind anywhere in the UK and Ireland this year. Over 4,000 school children will visit the expo before it officially opens to the public on Saturday, September 14.

The CultureTECH Junior programme will also include events in partnership with CoderDojo (software workshops for kids), Teen Tech (hosted by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin), Young Enterprise Northern Ireland and the University of Ulster. Many of the main programme’s international speakers will also take part in school visits across the week.

View the full CultureTECH festival programme, and visit the CultureTECH website for more information.