The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival (EDEF) takes place throughout the month of August. The festival features a diverse programme of live performances, installations, experiences and workshops, all of which explore and inspire new ideas that blend technology and art. The festival takes place in and around the Assembly Rooms on George Street, in the heart of Edinburgh’s new town. Four indoor venues are transformed into performance, exhibition and workshop spaces while George Street becomes an outdoor extension of the festival with interactive installations, food stalls and a themed bar.
The inaugural festival in 2016 received an audience of over 15,000 people. Partnerships were developed with many organisations including the BBC, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, the British Council, Imaginarium Studios, Big Learning Company, Intel, Edinburgh Games Symposium, the Space, Glasgow Film Festival and the University of Edinburgh. The festival had media partnerships with the Guardian, the Skinny and the List and received coverage in local and national press outlets including STV, The Scotsman, Sky News and The Times.
EDEF is produced by Riverside Studios, a multi-purpose performing arts and entertainment venue in London which is currently under re-development and will reopen in 2018. The technology and content showcased and the conversations facilitated at EDEF relate closely to Riverside Studios’ ambitions to become a digital hub where national arts, tech and crossover organisations will come together and generate exciting new work.