The evolving Leeds Dock digital community will pool its creative forces next month to showcase the waterside development’s new wave of credentials for the Leeds Digital Festival.
Tenants including Sky’s digital campus, EE’s digital app team, web developer Epiphany and incoming Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) companies will all take part in events for those in the digital, tech, creative and start-up industries.
The six-day programme of events, from 25−30 April, celebrates digital culture in all its forms. The city’s emergence into an innovation hub is the subject of a film by The City Talking, ‘Digital in Leeds’, which will premiere during the Leeds Digital Festival at Leeds Dock on 25th April. The film will pave the way for a series of events, including ‘Lunchtime Lectures’, ‘The Digital Ladder’ – an opportunity for graduates and creatives to explore career paths, and ‘The Digital Debate’ which will see Sky, Epiphany and Numiko amongst others discuss the trends and topics of the sector.
Stuart Clarke, said: “It’s an engaging set of events that will bring together some of the best in creative discussion, encompassing inspirational lectures and enterprise events that support the best in tech, digital and media brains in the North. Leeds Dock is central to the city’s transformation into a technology powerhouse and Leeds Digital Festival is about giving people the opportunity to connect.”
The Leeds Digital Festival is backed by Leeds City Council and TechNorth, the government initiative to support digital entrepreneurship. It has previously welcomed over 12,000 visitors and Leeds Dock itself has since attracted some of Europe’s biggest TMT players, along with thriving local enterprises to its contemporary workspace.
As part of the Festival, Leeds Dock is also bringing global digital art exhibition, the Lumen Prize to the city for the first time. Seven interactive and immersive installations from the world’s pre-eminent digital arts prize, blending technology, art and music will be on display at three venues. 2015 winner, Man A will be in restaurant/bar Dock 29 from 10am−9pm, Portee in The Union from 5−10.30pm and 2015 and 2014 silver winners, Metamorphy and Passages in the Lighthouse from 5−10.30pm daily, along with New Jerusalem, Garden of Earthly Delights and MOC. There will be select access from Monday – Wednesday, and full public access to all exhibits from Thursday – Saturday.
A selection of up-and-coming street food traders, curated by the team behind the British Street Food Awards will be set-up outside Block E, on Leeds Dock’s boulevard serving a host of delicious food.
Another first this year sees a collaboration with the award-winning ‘Live at Leeds’ music festival – now in its 10th year – with a line-up featuring Jess Glynne, Band of Skulls and Clean Cut Kid.
The ‘Digital in Leeds’ film will premiere at restaurant/bar Dock 29 on Tuesday 25, Digital Debates will be happening from 25-27, The Digital Ladder will take place on Thursday 28 and the Lunchtime Lectures are happening daily throughout the festival.
Saturday 30 will see a creative coding club for children aged 7–12 taking place from 10.30am. Hosted by Sky, four hour-long ‘Bug Clubs’ will be run by two digital artists and former Lumen Prize winners, Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup. Children will learn how to create their own interactive digital art by writing code to draw graphical objects, add dynamic text and colour and create simple interactions..
Leeds Dock sits in the heart of the South Bank and has an enterprise focus with an emerging enterprise village with a growing reputation amongst digital technology, media, creatives and entrepreneurs. The destination offers flexible contemporary workspace, independent cafes and innovative dining, along with a year-round programme of exciting events.
Full details about Leeds Dock and the Leeds Digital Festival are available at Leedsdock.com and leedsdock.com/events