Festival celebrates rise of digital culture.

By Amy Packham

Throughout September, Brighton has been the home to the ‘Brighton Digital Festival.’ With the recent surge of social media flooding through businesses and many industries, it almost seems compulsory to have a grasp of the use of digital means in our daily lives. It’s debut was last year, and the success has allowed the festival to reignite in 2012.

The festival has enjoyed small-scale meet ups to big conferences with plenty of opportunities to discover something new. Due to the fact that most of the events are free, it has attracted wide audiences, uniquely representing the nature of the city. As well as such events, the festival also put on a fully developed education programme for young people, parents and teachers who were yet to learn of the significance of such a global phenomenon.

One of the events that ran for a working week, was the Digital Media and Technology Open studios. This took the form of Wired Sussex companies opening their doors to let you see what they do, how they do it and sneak behind-the-scenes previews. Wired Sussex is a Brighton-based organisation for companies operating in the digital media sector. The Open Studios also gave the cahnce for creatives looking for new contacts or work, to get involved and begin network with workers in that indsutry, who were able to give them an insight into some really reputable organisations.

The Festival has recently run the ‘Film Show and Tell’ event, where Brighton Filmmakers were able to screen their films and talk about the process of making them to the audience. Three films were chosen through their interesting case studies creating a great topic of discussion.

Although the month is nearly up, the events are still running. On the 28th September, Digihub are running Digital Day surgeries. This is a great opportunity for those who aren’t so techno-savvy, to get your basic questions answered, and enter into the world of digital arts. Whether you want to ask a question on blogging, your digital camera, what a ‘Tweet’ is or more solid advice, Mike and Dave will be there with all the answers. Click here for more information: http://2012.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/event/digital-day-surgeries/

The Brighton Digital Festival closing night is on the 30th September at 8pm. To bring together and celebrate all the hard work put into organising these free events, Lighthouse and The Basement are teaming up. Taking over the whole of The Basement, many performers will take to the stage. Reflecting the unique world of the Brighton Digital Festival, this event promises to ‘surprise, delight and fascinate.’ That’s this Sunday, one not to miss.

The Brighton Digital festival gives a huge reflection of the city’s digital sector and it’s importance in the 21st century.

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