Fiona Bugler reports of some of the reasons why Digital Brighton could also be called silicone by the sea. This month (14 September to 13 October) Brighton Digital Festival hosts a series of events as part of a month-long exploration of digital culture
I’ve had a long time love affair with Brighton. In 2004, I decided I wanted to live here, but a twist of fate found me in Eastbourne where I lived for 13 years. In 2015 I wrote some thoughts about the digital scene in Brighton. ‘I’ve just met with a fellow PR/self starter to talk about work. We met at Hen, in Brighton’s Trafalgar St. I drank pots of posh tea and I ate great food and ever so often I look up from my laptop to see people coming and going. A man in a sombrero with a rucksack, trendy mums, ‘studenty’ types, mad old hippy women, and lots of ‘coolsters’. I do like Brighton!
‘Earlier I had popped into a brilliant shop Magazine Brighton and bought myself a copy of the glossy cyclist’s magazine Rouler. It’s a bookshop for magazines, with independently published and beautifully designed publications, where you want to open the book and smell the paper. It’s bit like a vinyl record shop for magazines, it’s rare, it’s niche, it’s very Brighton.
‘This reincarnation in print is happening in a place, which outside Shoreditches’ Silcon Roundabout a digital marketeer told me last week is the hub of digital. Brighton has long been known as a media favourite. And recent chat on the Facebook page Journo Answers, set up by Susan Grossman confirmed my suspicion that freelance journalists love Brighton.
Want to know more about Brighton’s digital scene. Check out websites such as Wired Sussex for great opportunities and networking meet ups.