Success for first Cardiff Digital Cities event

Last week, creatives and digital professionals from across South Wales gathered at co-working space Tramshed Tech to take part in Cardiff’s first Digital Cities event.

Having taken place from March 13th-17th, the weeklong event series provided Welsh entrepreneurs and businesses with an insight into the latest digital trends in the creative world.

Delivered by a team of professionals from the BBC, delegates were provided with a string of insightful workshops, masterclasses, digital surgeries and exclusive keynotes.

Each day was themed and tailored for the digital, TV production, art and music industries, while keynote speeches and networking opportunities took place constantly.

On March 15th, the BBC gave local businesses and media professionals access to practical training and expert advice from expert trainers.

They also delivered a plethora of masterclasses and free training opportunities to experienced professionals who attended to pick up new skills, as well as new entrants.

There was also a digital arts day. Tramshed Tech, BBC Academy and The Space hosted a day of masterclasses and workshops tailored for people working in the arts.

And on the Friday, the focus was on music and digital technology. Chaired by Radio 1 and Radio Wales presenter Bethan Elfyn, delegates got an insight into the digital transformation of the music industry.

David Drake, director of Ffotogallery, was one of creatives to participate in the arts event. He said that digital is critical in the arts world and that the events emphasised this.

“What was clear from the presentations, including our session, is that the traditional boundaries between art, design, gaming and interactive media are dissolving and becoming irrelevant,” he said.

“Artists now use a wide variety of digital tools to engage new audiences through social media and online platforms. Likewise, broadcasters have assimilated innovative artists’ practice and new forms of storytelling to offer viewers  immersive experiences and creative involvement in plot development.

“Social media platforms allow millions daily around the world to store, publish and share our own image making, and to find new ways to express ourselves. This has transformed photography, and the media more generally, through the rise of citizen journalism and self-publishing of images.”

Elizabeth Arnold, events manager at Tramshed Tech, played an important role in the organising and running of this weeklong event series. She commented on the importance of tech in the creative industries.

“From digital storytelling to photography, digital trends and growing online audiences – these sessions made a big impact and gave an insight into some of the digital arts opportunities that are on offer in Wales and the UK,” she said.

Image credit: Mark Robertson