3 Aug 15

EDF Energy supports Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton Digital Festival organisers have confirmed that EDF Energy is the festival’s Premier Sponsor for 2015. The festival, which will take place across Brighton and Hove between 1 and 27 September, is the largest celebration of digital, art and culture in the UK.

Last year the grassroots festival showcased over 160 events across the city, attracting an audience of more than 47,000 – making Brighton Digital Festival one of the fastest growing digital culture festivals in Europe. The support from EDF Energy will ensure that the festival continues to grow and celebrate the best in creativity and innovation.

Jesse Black Mooney, Brighton Digital Festival manager, said: "We are delighted to have the support of EDF Energy for this year's Brighton Digital Festival. Its support will allow us to reach new audiences and get more people involved in celebrating digital culture across the region.

“Brighton and Hove is a city renowned for its innovation and creativity, and we are incredibly pleased that EDF Energy is working with the festival to champion digital culture throughout our amazing community."

Roberto Hortal, Head of Digital at EDF Energy, added: “We’re really excited to be the Premier Sponsor for this year’s Brighton Digital Festival. Digital is at the centre of everything we do and this gives us a fantastic opportunity to build our relationship with the local digital community.”

The Brighton Digital Festival is supported by Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council. Those interested in creating an event can submit their ideas on the festival website: www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk.

Information on all festival events, conferences and exhibitions will be available on the website soon.

For more information contact:

Megan Johnson
External Communications Officer (Customers)
07875 114691

Notes to editors

About Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton Digital Festival, now in its fifth year, is a month-long celebration of digital culture, which takes place across Brighton and Hove from 1 to 27 September 2015.

The Festival receives funding through Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council. It is run by members of Brighton’s digital and arts communities, administered through Wired Sussex. Events include exhibitions, performances, conferences, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events, which run alongside some of Brighton's iconic digital design conferences.

Brighton Digital Festival is supported by EDF Energy - the Premier Sponsor of the 2015 Brighton Digital Festival. Additional support has been provided by sponsors including Brandwatch and Brilliant Noise.

The Brighton Digital Festival is steered by a festival consortium which is made up of volunteers from Brighton-based digital businesses and cultural organisations, including Clearleft, Lighthouse, Fabrica, South East Dance, Fugu, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton Mini Maker Faire, The Skiff, Brilliant Noise, Brandwatch, and Wired Sussex, The University of Brighton, and Brighton Dome. Coverage and support is provided through the festival’s local media partner, The Brighton & Hove Independent. 

EDF Energy in the South East

In the South East EDF Energy operates Dungeness B power station which employs over 500 staff and 200 contracting partners.

EDF Energy employs a further 2,500 staff in East and West Sussex with approximately 800 across sites in Crawley, Three Bridges, and East Grinstead and 1,700 across two of our three UK based call centres in Hove and Worthing..

As well as generating enough power to serve some 1.5million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to 730,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation.

We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use.

EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence and Morrisons right here in the South East.

Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.