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Leeds Digital Festival to split virtual and physical events in response to Coronavirus

The organisers of the Leeds Digital Festival have taken the decision to split this year’s event between the spring and autumn in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With over 240 events submitted and set to take place between April 20 – May 1, 2020, it was decided that following the recent change in Government advice that all physical events would be delayed until autumn 2020, with virtual events able to go ahead as planned.

A date for the physical events will be agreed once the impact of Covid-19 is better known.

Stuart Clarke, the festival director, said: “We were overwhelmed as ever by the desire of the Leeds tech community to come together to celebrate and collaborate and with over 240 events already submitted it promised to be the most interesting and varied Festival to date.

“In light of the rapidly changing information and with safety very much at the forefront of our thinking the decision has been taken to delay the physical events for now. However, we’re a digital festival and we still need to support each other, still need to learn, still need to show off the amazing people, companies and innovation we have in the city and the wider region. We’re still planning to go ahead with the spring Festival, but will only host online events on the Festival website.”

A significant number of the submitted events for this year’s festival were already virtual and organisers are contacting those hosting proposed physical gatherings to see if many more could be streamed. 

If you had planned a physical event for April and would consider making it a virtual event please contact organisers on or keep visiting the website for updates on the autumn festival should you wish to postpone your events.

The full calendar of virtual events are available at

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