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Monday, 22 January 2018

Council event celebrates digital creativity and business in the borough


A celebration of digital arts and creative technology will be held in Macclesfield to mark the first year of the Cheshire East Council and Arts Council-funded Shift digital arts programme.

The free-to-attend event, called ‘Convergence’, will be a combined programme of interactive discussions, demonstrations and presentations and will be held at Macclesfield Town Hall on Tuesday 13 February.

Bringing together the worlds of digital arts and creativity in business, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact) and Abandon Normal Devices will present alongside Cheshire East-based global advertising agency McCann, engineering giants Siemens, and design and digital agency Sigma.

The event will be a celebration of the very successful Shift programme. It will include demonstrations and digital art exhibits, as well as keynote speakers including virtual reality arts curator Catherine Allen and Dr Erinma Ochu, who will talk about using different approaches to create an engaging digital experience.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for cultural services, said: “The Shift programme has been a tremendous success with creative events ranging from a borough–wide programme of interactive digital arts workshops, to inspirational speakers from the creative and digital technology business sector and a flagship international art-science residency exploring deep space.”

“I’m sure that this will be another success adding to the already impressive range of events that we have run.”

The event will open at noon when the public will be able to interact with digital art demonstrations before the programme of speakers begins at 1pm.

To book on to this free event visit: https://convergencesymposium.eventbrite.co.uk

In partnership with this programme, creative industries network The Weave, in association with the council’s arms-length Skills and Growth company, will be hosting the latest in their series of Town Talks called ‘Ideas Place’ from 6:30pm.

The talk will be hosted by Sarah Bird of Wild Rumpus, a cultural events company based near Congleton, who will introduce Cynthia Nitikin from New York-based Project for Public Spaces, Roxy Robinson of Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank and David Gooda, Chair of the Barnaby Festival.

‘Ideas Place’ will showcase the proactive, community-driven cultural scene and how this can be supported to deliver benefits beyond the arts community, for place-making, regeneration and the wider economy.

Tickets for the Convergence event include access to the evening Town Talk.

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