Digital Festival kicks off in Brighton

As the month-long Brighton Digital Festival gets underway, organisers announce the show’s Education Programme

Brighton Digital Festival is a month-long celebration of digital culture, which takes place across Brighton and Hove throughout September.

The Education Programme is composed of an array of independent events, two of which have been specifically funded through the Brighton Digital Festival Education Commissions: Project: OggBot!, an immersive adventure to rebuild your own OggBot; and B.Fest Young Inventors Centre, workshops exploring topics including 3D printing, film production and digital music.

Donna Comerford, education coordinator, Brighton Digital Festival said: “Educating young people about digital culture and involving them in the festival supports one of the Brighton Digital Festival’s core ambitions. We are excited to bring the Education Programme back for another year, and with funding support from the Education Commission it is set to be bigger and better than ever.”

Project: OggBots! (20-21 September) sends participants on a hunt across Brighton to salvage parts of an OggBot by solving clues and meeting strange characters. Organised by MakerClub, an educational technology company, the free event is suitable for ages 8 and older and each participant will get to take home their own wirelessly controlled OggBot.

B.Fest Young Inventors Centre ‘Live’ (27 September) offers a chance for 13-18 year olds to get their hands on exciting new technologies including: 3D scanners and printers, virtual and augmented reality, and live music and coding. Exploring Senses are facilitating the event at the Young Inventors Centre, where participants can achieve an Arts Award Accreditation.

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A wide range of educational events happening as part of the Festival have also been highlighted including:

  • Geo-Writing – All day, 1-30 September, Across Brighton – Location-based writing prompts creating a narrative which travels across the city. 
  • Remix the Museum – 10am, 8-28 September, Brighton Museum – Use various technologies to curate and manipulate Brighton Museum as you see fit.
  • Archaeology goes 3D – 12pm, 20 September, Brighton Museum – Find out how University of Brighton are turning archaeological finds into 3D models. 
  • Pebble Gorge – Various times, 21 September, Brighton Dome – A smartphone adventure around Brighton Dome to explore the effects of climate change. 
  • Open Studios – 9am, 22-26 September, Various venues – Creative, digital and IT business open their offices to get visitors excited about the innovative digital agencies in Brighton.

A full list of events taking part at Brighton Digital Festival this year is available at https://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/events/. 

Picture courtesy of Andrew Sleigh

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