Brighton Digital Festival (BDF) is transitioning to become a seasonal programme hosted by Lighthouse rather than existing as an independent company. The support of the Lighthouse team will enable BDF to fulfil its ambition to enable different people and communities across Brighton & Hove and beyond to develop new work in new settings - as creators, audiences and participants.

The experience of lockdown has highlighted the key role digital technology plays in connecting people to culture - whether it’s attending virtual performances, visiting digital galleries or taking part in Zoom pub quizzes. Now, more than ever, we need to ensure equality of access to the production, consumption and understanding of digital culture. Now, more than ever, we need BDF to play an active, ambitious, accessible role within our city to help shape our collective digital creative future.

Having taken a hiatus for 2020 to enable our transition, Brighton Digital Festival will kick-start this vision in 2021 with a collaboration with Hull’s ​Freedom Festival​ and ​Frequency Festival​ in Lincoln on a new national Arts Council funded project led by Threshold Studios, soon to be announced.

The programme that runs alongside will be produced with and by the community. To this end, Lighthouse are currently recruiting digital designers, developers, makers, thinkers and do-ers of all kinds to form a steering group to drive the future of the festival in the coming years. Please email Alli Beddoes of Lighthouse for more information.

About Brighton Digital Festival

Since 2011 Brighton Digital Festival has produced an annual programme of events, taking place over four weeks across the city. The festival celebrates the richness of the creative and cultural industries in our city and explores the ways in which digital technology continues to shape our lives and our thinking. It supports the community to produce an open programme of independent events augmented by high-quality commissioned arts and education programming.

In 2015, Brighton Digital Festival incorporated as an independent Community Interest Company run by the community for the community. Funding from Arts Council England and sponsorship from local companies and institutions ensures the festival remains free for grassroots organisers to deliver great events.

Over the last few years, it has been a struggle to fund a year-round, independent organisation that engages with all the different people, businesses and institutions who make up Brighton’s digital creative community. To overcome this Brighton Digital Festival will now become a seasonal programme hosted by Lighthouse, with the Messy Edge conference being programmed and managed by Wired Sussex. Both organisations have a long history of supporting BDF in all its different iterations and offer connections into both the digital business and arts-focused folk who are such a key part of our community.


With thanks to

All the Brighton Digital Festival supporters and audiences over the years.
The amazing Brighton Digital Festival Board.
As well as Brandwatch, Wired Sussex & Arts Council England.

Look back at the Brighton Digital Festival x Lighthouse history

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