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Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

Last month we hosted something a bit different., The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival (EDEF) is the first major festival of its kind dedicated to event cinema and virtual reality, exploring artistic and creative areas which use digital technology in their delivery and development. With expert panels, keynotes, technology demonstrations and cinema showcases we hope you discovered a taste for technology! 


Firstly, we want to say a big thank you to all who have supported and attended this year’s Digital Entertainment Festival.


The festival’s aim was to celebrate digital technology. To generate discussion and education around its use within the arts and entertainment sector while introducing visitors to further creative industries such as gaming, providing a wealth of insight and knowledge sharing opportunities.

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A particular highlight for us and many others, was hearing from some of the country’s top experts in a range of areas including virtual reality, gaming and next generation arts and entertainment at The Ideas Studio. We were privileged to enjoy a mix of panel discussions, key note speeches and demonstrations from various organisations such as the National Theatre, BBC Studios, Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium Studios, Royal Shakespeare Company, NASA funded scientist Peggy Wu and more.


Tony Orsten, CEO The Imaginarium Studios said of the EDEF:

“The festival is fantastic because it really does bring the arts and technology together. What is exciting about digital technology is not that it is new, but that every day something is new. Someone in their back room, their bedroom, their shed, comes up with something new and exciting that can tell stories in a better way. So for us a festival that celebrates that, that brings people together, inspires people to do this is utterly brilliant.”

William Burdett-Coutts, Festival Director EDEF, Assembly and CEO Riverside Studios said,

“Digital technology is changing the arts and entertainment industry, and our ambition is to celebrate the exciting opportunities this brings. EDEF has added a modern touch to The Edinburgh Festival; we have hosted a range of fascinating sessions in virtual reality, gaming and technology. The Tech Hub and VR Studio have been a great success, allowing festival goers to experience cutting-edge equipment and gain insight into what the future holds.”

The EDEF will be returning in 2017 and we hope to see you there.