What a bright idea! Leeds Dock is destination for digital art delights

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The Leeds Digital Festival is finishing in the same way it started – with an event highlighting the creative spirit that informs and inspires the world of technology.

This week’s celebration of the rise and rise of the local digital sector began on Monday with a screening of a film made by The City Talking magazine.

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And now Leeds Dock is playing host to the Lumen Prize Exhibition, which brings together the very best digital art from across the world.

Seven award-winning pieces – with intriguing names such as New Jerusalem and The Garden of Earthly Delights – will be on display this evening and from 10am to 6pm tomorrow.

Festival director Stuart Clarke said: “The Lumen Prize is a stunning exhibition and will surprise and delight everyone who goes to see it.

“The Lumen is in Leeds this week and New York next week, which adds to our international reputation as the city looks to bid for the 2023 European Capital of Culture.”

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The festival was originally due to finish today but, after a hugely successful week, has been extended until tomorrow, when events will include creative coding workshops for seven to 12-year-olds at Leeds Dock’s Sky 2 building from 10am to 4pm.

Reflecting on the week’s activities, Mr Clarke said: “We’ve been overwhelmed at the positive response to the festival.

“We’ve had over 50 events, with most sold out. Most importantly, we’ve seen a huge amount of collaboration between companies, and a desire to celebrate our creative individuals and innovative organisations.

“We need to keep the momentum going and continue to position Leeds as the key centre for digital in the North.”

The documentary film that helped kick off the festival is called The City Talking: Tech In Leeds and explores two decades of innovation and technology in Yorkshire’s unofficial capital.

Today’s events include:

* A classic Sega and Nintendo video games day running from 11am to 10pm at the Dock 29 bar at Leeds Dock.

* A webinar on promoting content will be hosted by digital marketing agency Stickyeyes from midday to 1pm.

* Speakers on the future of digital music innovation at The Wardrobe from 6pm to 10pm.

For further information on these and other festival events, visit the www.leedsdigitalfestival.org website.

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