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Startacus previews the CultureTECH Festival...
by Startacus Admin
Firstly, excuse us for our shameless self promotion, but if you do happen to be in Derry, Northern Ireland this Thursday and Friday you will find none other than ourselves, Startacus showcasing at the first ever CultureTECH festival.
This all new festival has been described by some as being like ‘a kind of’ mini Irish SXSW festival; this part technology, part culture and part arts Festival is seeking to encourage interaction and creativity between Technology and the Digital Arts and Industries.
Only conceived as an idea during the latter part of 2011, this is a Festival that has grown in stature over the last few months, and credit where credit is due, now boasts a pretty impressive programme of events and guest speakers.
Some may say it’s a little bit of a clone, and whilst CultureTECH cannot promise you events and music on the scale of The South by Southwest Festival in Texas, the ideology behind the Festival is grand, and Startacus reckons this Festival might suit the wannabe self starter and creative type, due to its slightly less corporate feel.
Also offering free tickets to the under 18s to all conference events, will hopefully help encourage a fresh and fun feel to the festival. One must not forget that the young (often forgotten by the ‘established’) are some of the most creative and technology friendly participants, so Startacus approves of this bold move.
The success of these types of events, is often brought about by the attendances of both the local and national populations and the commitment and support of the press. With both the NI and Irish economies still stumbling around on their knees, this type of event could not be more timely. Startacus hopes that an Irish based festival like this, that encourages big ideas and fresh thinking, may in turn encourage the dormant self starter, creative and techy types and also the established entrepreneurs to get creating either independently or as a collective.