Jim Carroll

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Banter at CultureTECH in Derry

After having the crack in the city in February with Other Voices, the Banter bandwagon rolls into the northwest again for the CultureTECH festival

Tue, Aug 27, 2013, 09:24


It has been a super-busy year for Banter, the talking shop I produce which features guests talking about an abundance of topics and themes from A to Z. One of the big highlights of 2013 for me was the weekend of Banter in Derry back in February as part of Other Voices’ trip to the current UK City of Culture. The city was buzzing and rocking and, as I noted back then, it was obvious that “the people, the projects, the culture, the history and the possibilities” were in place to take some bold steps.

I’ve heard great reports about a bunch of City of Culture-related stuff in the city since – the Fleadh Cheoil, BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend, the 2D Comics Festival and the Tomorrow’s Almost Over exhibition at the Void – so it’s fantastic to be heading back to Derry in a few weeks’ time for a run of Banters at CultureTECH.

The best and most apt word to describe the CultureTECH programme is massive. From September 9 to 15, the epic festival of technology, music, media and arts will feature over 100 different events and sessions. As they say themselves, this “big messy week” is “a gathering of interesting people – doing interesting things – who all want to learn, share and have a blast”. It sounds like our sort of week.

Banter at CultureTECH will star:

Fiona McAnena from Clearhound on nudge theory, behavioural economics, the art of hidden persuasion and how governments can coax us to insulate our attics.

Fred Bolza, Vice President Creative Group Sony Music UK, on the music business’ relationship with innovation

Sam McGregor from Signature Brew on some new takes on music merchandising

The Signature Brew range

Dude, where’s my audience?: Jay Onda (NTT DOCOMO), Wilson Kriegel (Paltalk and ex-OMGPOP) and Aaron Taylor (GoPrezzo) on recalibrating your business model to engage with audiences who now reside on a plethora of platforms

David Emery, formerly Head of Marketing for Beggars Group and now Marketing Director at Kobalt Label Services, on the art and business of music marketing

The view from CERN: a conversation with Steve Myers, Head of Accelerators at CERN

The view at CERN

A year in the life of a music startup: Brendan O’Driscoll from Soundwave on his crazy year

In the frame: legendary music photographer Michael Spencer Jones on his craft

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Cellist and composer Peter Gregson on music, projects and the Electric Creative Colab

Something good: dance legends Utah Saints on their life in music

Mobile music’s big beasts: Adam Perry (BandApp, Bloodhound Gang), Colin Doran (BandApp, Hundred Reasons) and Stephen O’Reilly (Mobile Roadie, Topspin Media) talk the talk about apps for musicians

There may be one or two more additions to the Banter programme before we kick off.

Banter at CultureTECH will take place on Thursday September 12 (Legenderry Warehouse, Guildhall Square, 3-6pm), Friday September 13 (Nerve Centre, Magazine St., 3-6pm) and Saturday September 14 (a pop-up event somewhere on the Derry city walls, 3-5pm). Admission to all Banter events at CultureTECH will be free, but capacity is limited so you should get there in plenty of time. Hopefully, we’ll see some of you in Derry.