Nerve Centre Lines Up Packed Programme for Biggest CultureTECH Yet

Nerve Centre Lines Up Packed Programme for Biggest CultureTECH Yet

Christmas has come early for creative minds with a number of Nerve Centre events lined up for this week’s CultureTECH programme in Derry~Londonderry.

Now in its third year, the festival is Northern Ireland’s biggest celebration of technology and creative innovation and has grown substantially since its launch, with over 40,000 people expected in the city from September 15-21.

Among its hundreds of predominantly free events there’ll be cutting edge workshops, demonstrations and opportunities offered by the Nerve Centre for audiences to engage with all manner of digital design, software, electronics, music production and more.

From Monday through to Wednesday FabLab present live demos on some of its most exciting technologies as part of Ministry of Science, the educational juggernaut taking place over three days at the Millennium Forum.

After seeing what’s possible with FabLab budding makers will have the chance to see their ideas take shape as Nerve Centre opens its doors for Culture Night on Friday, September 19, hosting hands on intro sessions using 3D printers, laser cutters and more while the musically inclined can become first-time recording artists by booking a free slot with producer Glenn Rosborough at its state-of-the-art Creative Evolution studio.

Those not quite at performance level can still live out the rock and roll fantasy with Air Guitar Hero at Saturday’s BT Make & Play installment in the Craft Village, which uses real-time greenscreen video-mapping to let you see yourself playing to thousands on the big stage.

As part of the same event its FabLab team will be enlisting all the help they can get as they attempt to break the world record for the largest ‘fruit orchestra’ using the MaKey MaKey invention kit to create a musical symphony from supermarket produce. They’ll also be hosting further demos and activities with digital fabrication technology for those who missed out earlier in the week.

You’re also invited to explore how technology and new media can be used to enhance peacebuilding practice as we formally launch the PeaceTechLab, newly developed in partnership with INCORE at the University of Ulster, The Young Foundation, The Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies in the Basque Country, New York-based Culture Shock and Scensei in Washington.

Meanwhile newcomers to programming can take part in a coding session with experts from Nerve Belfast as part of Create: 2014, a Kickstarter-funded conference on inspiring the next generation of creative minds designed and curated entirely by a team of passionate young people.

Finally the 48 Hour Music Bootcamp will give a jumpstart to young people looking to advance their music careers to the next stage with the chance to shadow seasoned artists Rachel Sermanni and rams’ pocket radio as they collaborate on an exclusive original track, followed by masterclasses with industry experts covering every angle of readying it for release. The two days culminate with a free live performance by the musicians involved as well as our SYNC up-and-comers inside CultureTECH’s spectacular 360 degree HD video dome.

Further details for individual events can be found in our What's On section.

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