This September, York UNESCO City of Media Arts will host Interface 2015; an annual networking event run by Shakespeare’s Globe for digital artists, designers and developers based outside of London to meet with the UK’s top culture brands, including the likes of the BBC, BAFTA, BFI and the Royal Opera House.
Stuart Goulden Bid Writer and Project Lead for York UNESCO City of Media Arts spoke to the UKNC about the forthcoming event:
“Attracting Interface 2015 to York is illustrative of the difference UNESCO designation can make. York fully expects to create even more great opportunities for individuals, communities and the economy and to form strong partnerships with our fellow Creative Cities”.
To ensure that the event stimulates genuine business opportunities, partner institutions must have a budget ring-fenced for digital and media arts commissioning in the next twelve months and be looking to work with talent outside of London.
The event, which moves location each year, was first held in Brighton in 2013. This year York was chosen by Shakespeare’s Globe to coincide with the city’s recent designation as UNESCO City of Media Arts, in recognition of its vibrant digital arts scene.
Neil Constable, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe commented:
“York’s status as UNESCO’s first UK City of Media Arts indicates the city’s commitment to developing digital and creative skills and encouraging business within the region. The digital community is thriving and we are delighted that Interface will act as a catalyst to partner that talent with UK’s leading Arts organisations”.
This year Interface 2015 will take place on 9 September 2015 from 10am-6pm at York St John University.