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Digital theatre festival to launch at Edinburgh Festival

Digital theatre festival to launch at Edinburgh Festival
Staff Reporter
20 May 2016

A new festival focusing on digital theatre will launch at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival (EDEF) will present over 55 digital theatre titles to audiences throughout August 2016.

EDEF will bring together digital theatre, live cinema events, keynote speakers, tech exhibition and practical workshops in games, VR and digital production.

Audiences can expect to see digital cinema offerings from RSC, NT Live, ENO, Royal Ballet and more alongside interactive events and screenings of mixed media and live sound.

A series of keynote talks and events will run throughout the festival, bringing arts producers, interested audiences and digital makers together to explore the future of live performance in an increasingly digital world. 

Speakers and programme partners include The Imaginarium Studios and RSC, National Theatre, Royal Opera House, BBC and BBC Academy, Sky, Random Acts, The British Council, Picturehouses, The Space and the Event Cinema Association.

 William Burdett-Coutts, Festival Director EDEF, Assembly and CEO Riverside Studios said: “This will be a great addition to the mix of festivals that take place in Edinburgh and is a starting point for what we intend will become an ongoing conversation that leads to building bridges between the world of arts & entertainment and that of digital technology.”

Sarah Ellis, Head of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company said: “The work we are doing with Intel and The Imaginarium to create our forthcoming production of The Tempest is a great example of technical and creative collaboration that will move performance and theatre making forward in really exciting ways, so it is great to be able to share that work with our collaborators with audiences in Edinburgh.”

Celebrating 2016 as the ‘year of VR’ EDEF will also showcase new technologies from tech partners VRTGO, Samsung, Microsoft, Lego Education, BBC Micro:bit, Big Learning Company, Igloo Vision and VR City Films alongside the latest games and 360® narrative content from a range of VR headsets. 
Tickets for the full cinema programme go on sale with the Fringe on 8 June and the full programme will be announced online after 10 June 2016 at

The festival takes place in Edinburgh at the Assembly Rooms.

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