Brighton Digital Festival opens its website for event submissions today, inviting local, national and international event organisers to officially register their events and be part of the UK’s largest celebration of digital culture.

Independently produced events celebrating digital culture are at the heart of Brighton Digital Festival, and grants will be awarded to event organisers through the Grassroots Fund initiative. This year there are five awards of £500, which will support events that welcome those who face barriers to accessing arts and digital communities, enabling them to engage with the ideas and opportunities offered by BDF.

To apply for Grassroots funding complete the online submission form, before midnight on Sunday 24 July, at brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/grassroots-2016/

Now in its sixth year, the festival will build on the success of last year’s, which welcomed an audience of more than 160,000 at over 190 events throughout September. For 2016, the festival aims to plug into the whole city, there is no fee to participate, but events must be held in Brighton or Hove between Thurs 1 – Fri 30 Sept. ”Independent organisers making events for Brighton Digital Festival are central to its existence.,” said Laurence Hill, festival manager for Brighton Digital Festival. “From small meetups to citywide events for everybody, they bring the richness and depth to the festival, which makes it unique. Every year I’m astonished by the range of events and the imagination on show. We’re ready, our doors are open for 2016 and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes in.”

To submit an event for Brighton Digital Festival, simply go to www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk. Events must be submitted before 5pm on Thurs 4 Aug to be considered for inclusion in the printed festival brochure, but submissions will stay open until Weds 31 Aug for inclusion on the website.

Confirmed events include Dots, a conference connecting ideas and Reasons to be Creative, an award winning three-day coding and design summit with a festival vibe. The Royal Institution returns with a series of masterclasses bringing young people together with key figures in the world of digital. Pan Studio bring their extraordinary, interactive and playful work Hello Lamp Post to the city. The Old Market plans a fully immersive, live experience of Virtual Reality and Radio // Future sounds explores a day of music and inspiring conversation, broadcast live and hosted by totallyradio and Fugu PR.

The full programme for Brighton Digital Festival will be announced later in July.

Brighton Digital Festival comes to venues across Brighton & Hove on Thurs 1 to Fri 30 Sept, 2016.

www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk

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