Bath Digital Festival launches ten days of events
Bath’s second digital festival kicked off last night at the Roman Baths.
The official launch, which started ten days of events, included Anthony Head’s Digitrope, artwork created especially for the festival.
Digitrope is an interactive zoetrope - a device that produces the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static pictures.
Festival director, David Kelly, said: “It’s going to be an amazing ten days of digital events. The whole point is to celebrate what is going on in the city.”
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Councillor David Dixon, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, helped launch the event.
He said Bath and North East Somerset Council were proud to support the festival and said Bath was a place of innovation.
He added: “This festival is about bringing people together.”
Bath’s Digital Festival includes workshops, lectures and networking events such as a two-day hack event hosted by Genesis frontman and digital innovator Peter Gabriel at his Real World Studios in Box and Britain’s very first Rails Girls workshop, which takes women from the very basics of coding through to building simple apps in a day.
The festival will see the debut of a Creative Masterclass Series run by the internationally renowned X Media Lab team, and featuring sessions with the special effects experts behind Skyfall, Batman, Inception and Harry Potter.
A highlight of the festival will be the SPARKies, the south west region’s tech and digital awards, being held at Komedia and hosted by award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas.
The festival will also include a family weekend with Bath’s first digital fun fair at Queen Square.
For a full programme of events visit www.bathdigitalfestival.com
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