Riverside Studios invites you to the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival, bringing together the worlds of arts, entertainment and technology – to showcase the best of what is happening right now and provoke the conversation about what comes next. Taking place 4 – 28 August at the iconic Assembly Rooms on Edinburgh’s , the festival presents multiple ways for arts organisations to explore the possibilities afforded by new advances in digital entertainment. We would love to see you there and talk about how you can engage with this world.

We have a full programme of the best in digital cinema offerings from RSC, NT Live, ENO, Royal Ballet and others; 2016 is much-touted as the ‘year of VR’ so we invite you to explore and experience these hands-on technologies from partners including VRTGO, 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.

The festival also presents a series of keynote talks and events designed to bring arts producers, adventurous audiences and digital makers together. Speakers and programme partners include The Imaginarium Studios, RSC, National Theatre, Royal Opera House, BBC and BBC Academy, Sky, Random Acts, The British Council, Picturehouse and The Space.

will also come to life throughout the festival, playing host to the Picturehouse Travelling Cinema, an articulated mobile 100 seat cinema; new mobile and pop-up art works and outdoor bar and food.

Monday 22 August is our Next Generation Arts and Entertainment Day in the Ideas Studio. Talks include National Theatre Live – From Stage to Screen; Thinking Outside the Box from BBC Studios; Where Creativity Meets Technology from The Imaginarium Studios – and The Tempest: A New Kind of Wonder from the RSC and Intel. Futurefest – powered by Nesta will also be there to talk about The Future of Content.

Tuesday 23 August is The Space Day, a day of free talks, panels and workshops exploring the use of digital technology in the arts. Chaired by Nikki Bedi (The Arts Hour; BBC World Service and Loose Ends; BBC Radio 4), and with speakers and panellists from The Space, the BBC and organisations using cutting edge tech to engage audiences, the day will cover subjects including: Commissioning with Digital in Mind; Making Great Arts Experiences Digitally and Distribution in a Multi-Platform World


Riverside Studios

Riverside Studios’ vision for the future is to make our new building (opening 2018) a centre whose core work will be to partner with arts organisations around the country to record the best live work created each year. With this in mind our ambition is to create a National Digital Production Network with membership from arts organisations, universities, technology companies, broadcasters, funders and distributors. Riverside Studios will be a lead part of the network, linking with key partners across the country. We would love to meet you during the festival and talk about how a network could work for you.

If you would like to come to EDEF, Riverside Studios, or want to know more about the National Digital Production Network, please contact Ellie Browning – / .