Sheffield Digital Festival set for November

Sheffield Digital Festival set for November

26 October 2020

The Sheffield Digital Festival is set to present a range of virtual events and experiences to showcase the city region’s creative and digital industries, when it takes place next month, 16 - 22 November.

Originally planned for May earlier this year, the Festival has been moved to autumn and the event programme has been reshaped so that everyone can discover, explore and enjoy the event in a safe and socially distanced way.

All experiences are accessible to everyone either outdoors or from the comfort of home. The Festival does however have a distinct theme of exploration and discovery, with the aim of encouraging people to rediscover everything our city and region has to offer, through a digital medium.

Festival partners, Field and Sheffield Digital, are doing this in two key ways. There will be an Augmented Reality (AR) App that people can download and use whilst making their way along ‘trails’ in Sheffield, to discover exclusive digital content at specific venues.

An example is the ‘Culture and Heritage Trail’ where you can visit Museums Sheffield venues, Cutlers Hall and the Mausoleum of the Giants and, at each stop, use the app to experience creative and interesting content related to each place.

You won’t have to go into the venues and if COVID-19 measures prevent you from visiting the physical locations, content will be made available on the Sheffield Digital Festival website.

There is also a calendar of virtual Festival ‘fringe’ events, hosted by different individuals and companies from Sheffield City Region’s digital industries. This includes webinars, workshops and live Twitter Q&As, which can all be found on the Festival calendar: sheffielddigitalfestival.com/events.

Organisers believe the event has a role in helping the region recover from the events of 2020. Sheffield Digital Director Mel Kanarek, explains: “COVID-19 has brought the need for digital technologies into sharp focus, and members of Sheffield Digital have been integral to helping many companies and communities adapt and survive. The Festival will showcase what our digital industries can do, but also Sheffield City Region and the amazing museums, exhibitions, colleges and universities that we have.

We are aligned with the ‘Make Yourself at Home’ initiative and share the ambition of getting our city and surrounding towns moving again, whilst maintaining the habits and solutions that are keeping us safe. The Festival will enable exploration and discovery for everyone - whether you choose to stay home or to get out and about in a safe way using the App; you can see what our creative and digital industries have to offer.”

The Festival has attracted support from sponsors including The Sheffield College, technology and engineering consultancy, BJSS and Barnsley’s brand new innovation campus, The Seam - which is Headline sponsor.

For more information visit www.sheffielddigitalfestival.com and follow #sheffielddigitalfestival on social media.