A restructuring will see Brighton Digital Festival (BDF) become a seasonal programme hosted by Lighthouse, rather than existing as an independent company. Under new ownership the Festival will remain a community-driven platform that enables more people across the city to explore digital culture, but 2021 will also see the start of a collaboration with Hull’s Freedom Festival and Lincoln’s Frequency Festival to produce the Arts Council England (ACE) funded Digital Democracies programme, commissioning outdoor digital artworks that will tour the three cities over three years.
Over the past few years BDF has struggled to fund a year-round, independent organisation, while Lighthouse, an arts charity specialising in connecting art, technology, science and society, is core funded as an ACE National Portfolio Organisation. Jenni Lloyd, Chair of the BDF board, said: “I’m thrilled to have found a safe harbour for the Festival within an organisation with such a great track record and so much shared history as Lighthouse. This will give BDF the space to focus on the fun bit - the creative collaborations, events and exhibitions that showcase the richness of the creative and cultural industries in our city”.