Imagine-Create 2009

New digital art festival focuses the spotlight on Derry

A festival of digital arts technologies - the first of its kind in Ireland - will create excitement and stretch imaginations in the north west this week, according to its director, Greg O’Hanlon, of the University of Ulster at Magee.

The three-day Imagine-Create 2009 will focus on the creative applications of technology, specifically in the areas of audio, image, games design, web media and digital interactivity.

The festival takes place from April 2-4, and will feature music from global artists Scanner and Hot Chip, audio and video software workshops, artist talks and more. Interested parties must register for tickets only at

O'Hanlon, who lectures in media technology, said: 'We're delighted to get this concept off the ground and sincerely hope that people can find the time to come view, listen and experience the outstanding work from the assembled speakers and artists.

'As much as possible, we will provide selected events free of charge but only to those who register in advance. Seating is limited and unfortunately we cannot guarantee access to non-registered users.'  

As an incentive to encourage early attendance registration online, Seagate Technology is supporting the event by offering festival-goers the chance to win one of three 320GB FreeAgent external hard drives.

John Spangler, vice president at Seagate’s Springtown facility, is delighted to help drive registration to the new festival, not least because he feels passionate about showcasing the rich creative skills which he says are already so evident in the north west.

'I personally can imagine no more exciting or challenging combination of disciplines and I am delighted to see Derry host what promises to be a fabulous festival of exploration. The city's enthusiasm for the festival and the support it is receiving from all of us involved in creative technology is evidence of our strength and faith in the knowledge based economy.' 

Imagine-Create 2009 opens on Thursday 2 April with an outdoor audiovisual spectacular, featuring the highly acclaimed video and graphic artists Digital Slaves, at the Foyle Arts Building on the Magee campus.

High profile events during the festival include presentations from the world renowned concept artist Craig Mullins; Philip Campbell, creator of The Godfather and Tomb Raider video game franchises; Greg Maguire, who is taking a break from working on Terminator: Salvation at Lucasfilm; Artangel; the exploratory artist, Scanner.  

Each day, the event concludes with a performance/gig and includes Boxcutter, Scanner, The Black Dog and Hot Chip (DJ set).   

The festival is organised by the University of Ulster’s school of creative arts at Magee in partnership with the school of computing and intelligent systems, and in association with Derry City Council, Skillset Media Academy, Apple Inc, North West Regional College, Nerve Centre, the Void Gallery, Seagate Technology and Channel 9 Television. 

Log on to the Creative Technologies website for more information.