Arts Council England coughs up for Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton Digital Festivalhas received £173,000 in funding from Arts Council England to help grow and sustain the festival through 2014 and 2015.

The annual festival, led by the digital and arts communities across the city and held in September, is designed to be a month-long celebration of international digital culture, consisting of a programme of conferences, exhibitions, installations, workshops, outdoor events and meet-ups, alongside an education programme.

The organisers said the Arts Council funding, which is coming from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme, will allow them to deliver more digital art events and content at the next two festivals.

It will also fund the two year appointment of a new festival director and cover the costs of management, co-ordination and marketing over the same time period.

Cate Canniffe, director for Arts Council England South East, said: “Brighton Digital Festival is a really important part of the arts and culture ecology in the South East and one that we are pleased to be able to support.

"It provides an important opportunity for organisations – such as Lighthouse, BrightonMuseum and South East Dance – to showcase digital work and reinforce the critical link between arts and culture and the economic success that is such a feature of the creative industries.”

Last year’s festival featured over 170 events (67 percent more than 2012) and was attended by over 40,000 people.

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