Brighton's digital festival organisers looking for funding and a new boss

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A major festival is looking for bright sparks to help it prosper in 2014.

The Brighton Digital Festival will submit fresh ideas and a blueprint for this year’s festival to Arts Council England at the end of this month.

Organisers say they need £300,000 over two years, which they hope to get from the quango, as well as sponsors.

But Tom Bailey, who directed the festival in 2012, has stepped down to pursue other interests.

The festival consortium will hold a meeting at the Emporium Cafe in London Road, Brighton, on January 28 to recruit volunteers for this year’s event.

A spokeswoman for the festival said that if and when funding is agreed, the consortium will advertise for a new director and go through the recruitment process.

She said that the festival is looking for help with the organisation, reception, logistics, lighting, sound and display.

The spokeswoman said: “The meeting will update everyone on the status and plans for this year and is open to anyone interested in plans for the festival and those wanting to get involved, volunteer or create an event.”

Last year, organisers said 174 events were staged, which attracted 40,931 people – up 63% on 2012.

Katja Garrood, design director at Brandwatch in Queens Road, Brighton, said: “A good deal of our success has been down to the exceptionally high quality of the Brighton digital scene.

“We really want to share this success, and being part of the Brighton Digital Festival gives us the opportunity to do this.”

Phil Jones, consortium member and managing director at Wired Sussex, said: “We recognise that we live in challenging times in terms of winning funding to deliver such events, but we are hopeful that Arts Council England and other funding bodies will recognise this festival’s value and continue to support it as they have done so enthusiastically in the past.”

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8:50am Tue 21 Jan 14

Morpheus says...

The festival hopes the quango, in other words the taxpayer, will fund their activities. No thanks. Brighton is turning into a black hole for taxes, if the council doesn't take our money somebody else will.
The festival hopes the quango, in other words the taxpayer, will fund their activities. No thanks. Brighton is turning into a black hole for taxes, if the council doesn't take our money somebody else will. Morpheus

10:23am Tue 21 Jan 14

billy goat-gruff says...

All these digital people moving down here from Shoreditch, with their twiddly moustaches and digital phones, taking our jobs, buying our houses and forcing trendy restaurants and bars to open! It should be stopped! Bring back the olden days...
All these digital people moving down here from Shoreditch, with their twiddly moustaches and digital phones, taking our jobs, buying our houses and forcing trendy restaurants and bars to open! It should be stopped! Bring back the olden days... billy goat-gruff

10:52am Tue 21 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

anyone who volunteers for this should have their head examined. How about the directors volunteer too, and stop demanding silly amounts of money for what is essentially, Hoxtons' day out ...
anyone who volunteers for this should have their head examined. How about the directors volunteer too, and stop demanding silly amounts of money for what is essentially, Hoxtons' day out ... All 9 of me

12:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Cave Johnson says...

This 'festival' is a waste of time and only exists to publicise businesses around Brighton. Oh surprise surprise Wired Sussex gets a mention, as it always does when anything like this gets raised. Brandwatch aren't far behind in the smugness stakes. How about you pay for it yourselves?
This 'festival' is a waste of time and only exists to publicise businesses around Brighton. Oh surprise surprise Wired Sussex gets a mention, as it always does when anything like this gets raised. Brandwatch aren't far behind in the smugness stakes. How about you pay for it yourselves? Cave Johnson

4:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

Thousands of people couldn't give the tiniest hoot.
Thousands of people couldn't give the tiniest hoot. The Prophet of Doom

7:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

linkyeah says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
This 'festival' is a waste of time and only exists to publicise businesses around Brighton. Oh surprise surprise Wired Sussex gets a mention, as it always does when anything like this gets raised. Brandwatch aren't far behind in the smugness stakes. How about you pay for it yourselves?
Hey Cave (nice reference) - Brandwatch too smug? We're very sorry, and certainly don't mean to come across like that.

Also, we're significantly contributing to fund this festival as a non-commercial endeavour, so we ARE trying to help pay for it :)
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: This 'festival' is a waste of time and only exists to publicise businesses around Brighton. Oh surprise surprise Wired Sussex gets a mention, as it always does when anything like this gets raised. Brandwatch aren't far behind in the smugness stakes. How about you pay for it yourselves?[/p][/quote]Hey Cave (nice reference) - Brandwatch too smug? We're very sorry, and certainly don't mean to come across like that. Also, we're significantly contributing to fund this festival as a non-commercial endeavour, so we ARE trying to help pay for it :) linkyeah

9:25pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Dealing with idiots says...

If this is for next year, Jason Kitkat will be at a loose end after the 5th May 2015. He did have a loss making website business which he recently closed down but he is good at spending tax payers money. Go in gissa job.
If this is for next year, Jason Kitkat will be at a loose end after the 5th May 2015. He did have a loss making website business which he recently closed down but he is good at spending tax payers money. Go in gissa job. Dealing with idiots

4:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Can this be says...

I thought we were always being told that Brighton was the place for IT, digital and those types of businesses. If that is the case surely they can fund this themselves?
I thought we were always being told that Brighton was the place for IT, digital and those types of businesses. If that is the case surely they can fund this themselves? Can this be

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