1st April 2015, 11am – 4pm

University of Westminster,

The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, London

Wednesday 1st April sees the official launch event of Digital Folk!

Are you a folk artist (i.e. musician, dancer, mummer, crafter, etc.) based in England? Are you interested in digital tools and resources? Have you ever considered the potential impacts digital technology might have (or already be having) on the traditions you take part in? If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then we’d like to meet and hear from you: come along to this free event, and find out more about the research we’re doing, and how you can take part…

As well as an introduction to the project you will have the opportunity to hear from various professionals from the – now frequently converging – worlds of folk arts and digital media/technology. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in an innovative workshop, to help us better understand how and why digital technology is changing the way people participate in folk arts, and to share in a discussion about the possibilities for the future.

Speakers will include:

* Laura Smyth (Library Director: English Folk Dance and Song Society)

* Janet Topp Fargion (lead curator of World and Traditional Music at the British Library)

* Chris Walshaw (Principal Lecturer in Computing and Information Systems: University of Greenwich, and the creator of abc notation)

The event is free and lunch is provided, but places are limited and running out fast, so please sign up at http://digitalfolklaunch.eventbrite.co.uk

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and hosted by the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the University of Westminster.

Launch Flier

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