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'Lost Weekend' - a message from Jocelyn Spencer Mills inviting participation

News about a new festival from Jocelyn Spencer Mills, at Kaleider:

'There is a new festival for Exeter – to celebrate the city being home to world-leading technologists and scientists, as well as artists, musicians and thinkers. The Met Office Informatics Lab first brought the festival idea to the table and they were inspired in part by SXSW in Austin.  This first ‘beta’ festival is 6 – 8 October 2017 and will take place all over the city with music in every space possible, new playable art/tech projects in the streets and roaming technologists running hacks, workshops and talks to share what is new and exciting – including at a special TEDxExeter Salon. The plan is to showcase the best in digital creativity, art, ideas and cutting edge music.

It is called 'Lost Weekend': Music | Tech | Art | Ideas

Joining the Met Office Informatics Lab in the journey so far are: Exeter City Council, TEDxExeter, Kaleider, Exeter City Futures, and the city's leading music venues Exeter Phoenix and the Cavern.

Would you like to join in?

Are you working on something playable/playful/fascinating/interesting/challenging/delightful that could take place during Lost Weekend? Or, could you tell us about something for next year or subsequent years? Or perhaps you can tell us about people you know that you you think the Lost Weekend partners should know about.

The budget is limited in this first pilot year as the partners are pulling everything together themselves. If you do want to join in, there are some good people that could help with producing, placing, production and marketing. There are venues and sites ‘booked’ all over the city and there will be one or two huge screens up in the city centre. If you tell us what you need to make something extraordinary happen as part of Lost Weekend, we’ll try to throw as much as we can at the idea and work alongside you. If we can’t make it happen together for this year, perhaps next year?

If you’d like to join us, please get in touch – a quick email is fine. Or a short video (no longer than 3 minutes, uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo).

When we read through interested emails, we’ll be asking ...

What is the offer to audiences and does it fit the theme of the festival – a genuine mix of art and technology?

If it is art – is it playable? The driver for this festival is ‘playability’. Using technology to make interactive experiences for audiences. It can be serious play.

Can we think of the perfect site and back-up to do the idea justice?

Can we make it happen this year or would it benefit more from money being found for it for next year?

If you would like to get in touch about this please contact jocelyn@kaleider.com by noon on Thursday 15th June.

Warmest regards,


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