Join the South West’s digitally curious minds this 16 – 20 October in Digital Cities Bristol 2017  – a week-long initiative touring the UK and led by the BBC Academy which promises to entertain, inspire and enlighten.

The festival brings together over 30 different talks, workshops, training sessions and exhibitions – all of which are free to the public. From a harp replica of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and a dress made from 4,400 lights to adventures in 360 and breakfast with a business advisor, there’s truly something for everyone.

Festivals joining forces

Digital Cities Bristol runs alongside the Festival of the Future City and Venturefest which are joining forces this year to provide a special focus on smart cities and Bristol’s digital innovators and pioneers.

The wide range of masterclasses and workshops are delivered by the BBC Academy, Spike Island, Knowle West Media Centre, We the Curious (At-Bristol), Watershed, University of Bristol, UWE BristolSkills West, Oracle OSCA and Bloodhound among others.

Excitement has been building for months, with many of the festival partner’s sharing sneak previews on Twitter under the hashtag #digicities.

Check out BBC TV show star Mark Millar from DIY SOS’s chat about a workshop he’s due to run in the tweet below:


Each day at Digital Cities Bristol features its own theme with Monday a ‘Digital Skills Day’, Tuesday focussed on ‘Smart Cities’, Wednesday a day for ‘Developing Digital Talent’, Thursday for the ‘Digital Pioneers’ and Friday all about building ‘Digital Cities resources’.

To see the full line up of events and to get involved, check out the BBC Academy website, and don’t forget to share your experiences by following them on Twitter here: @BBCAcademy and tweeting under the #digicities hashtag.

Alice Whale