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Duke to headline Culture Tech festival

By Brendan McDaid

More than 1,000 delegates from across the world have purchased tickets for this week’s inaugural Culture Tech festival in Londonderry.

The four-day celebration of digital culture and technologies begins tomorrow.

It aims to provide local traders with the commercial knowledge, expertise and understanding of how to exploit digital technologies.

Belfast singer-songwriter Duke Special will headline a free Digital Funfair spread over Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place, on Saturday.

Interactive side shows will be staged during the funfair, which runs from 1pm to 6pm, while other music acts will include Our Krypton Son, Soak and Best Boy Grip.

The main speakers include Sir Nick Kenyon, of the Barbican, Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Fringe, and Ben Hammersley of Wired UK.

In total, there are 90 speakers at the various Culture Tech events, with many of them travelling internationally to share their experience.

Sinead McLaughlin, chief executive of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, said: “Culture Tech is a major event, which is an indication both that Digital Derry is delivering in its support of the emerging digital business sector in Derry and that City of Culture next year will have a very important digital dimension.”

SDLP Foyle MLA, Colum Eastwood congratulated organisers and said: “I would encourage everyone, experienced and inexperienced in the world of new technologies, to avail of the diversity of events on offer.”

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