Brighton Digital Festival, 13th Sep – 13th Oct

In a city well known for its significance to the UK’s digital arts and media, Brighton Digital Festival attracts a broad spectrum of events, activities and discussions focused on celebrating and exploring the digital arts.

Now the largest festival of its kind in the UK, this year’s program highlights the work and talents of the city’s own creators and developers as well as an exciting suite of visiting exhibitions, speakers, performances and works.

Top of the SOURCE must see list is the Laurie Anderson / Sin-Chien Huang collaboration Chalkroom, a virtually constructed space filled with words, letters and navigable by the use of a Virtual Reality interface. Once the preserve of extreme edge experimental artists, digital art is maturing and increasingly accessible to a wider audience. There is something in the programme for most to enjoy: from digital installations at Brighton’s iconic Marlborough Theatre celebrating technology’s role in the lives of the trans and non-binary communities to a closing concert at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in Falmer by long-time digital composer James Holden.

Anyone as yet to firmly embrace technology’s place in culture can head to Uncommon Natures at the Pheonix Brighton gallery space, where they will likely be converted by an exhibition of shortlisted entrants for the Lumen Prize for Digital Art or, for the more cerebral, join one of the conversations at The Messy Edge conference on how digital technologies are shaping society.

For a full programme and ticket details, visit brightondigitalfestival.co.uk

Words Louise Bloom