Bath Digital Festival to return in March
The organisers of the Bath Digital Festival have confirmed that the event will return this year.
The first festival was staged last year and attracted interest from around the world.
The ten-day event had been backed by Bath and North East Somerset Council, which put £20,000 into the project.
The authority is putting in £10,000 this time round, which, with other sponsorship, has been enough to lay on a second festival, from March 14 to 24.
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The festival celebrates Bath’s fast-growing digital sector, with leading research being carried out at the University of Bath and Bath Spa University, and cutting-edge digital enterprises choosing the city as their home.
Last year’s inaugural festival attracted more than 3,000 people to 30 events over a ten-day period, including the internationally-acclaimed X Media Lab conference, children’s coding clubs, hack events and an awards ceremony.
Festival creative director David Kelly said this year’s festival would be even better.
He said: “We’re looking to get more of the general public involved in the festival this year. Bath has a really active digital community and we want to show people all the exciting things that are coming out of our city.
“In the last nine months, we’ve seen the launch of new groups such as the Bath Girl Geeks, and a real focus on computing in education with the launch of a south west Computing at School network by the University of Bath, computing sessions for local secondary school teachers, and a code club at a Bath primary school.
“The festival is a great opportunity to showcase all of these fantastic activities that have been putting Bath on the map over the last year. Bath is now a big deal in the digital world, and we’re looking to draw attention to that among the rest of the community.”
Details about festival events will be released over the coming weeks through the Bath Digital blog at http://blog.bathdigital.com, while information on how you can get involved is available at http://bathdigitalfestival.com.
You can also follow @bathdigital on Twitter for updates.