The award will ensure the return in 2013 of GEEK, the festival which this year saw a new world record being set for the largest tournament of Pong, one of the earliest arcade games.
GEEK (Gaming Expo East Kent) is a celebration of gaming in all of its guises. From video games, liveaction games and board games to community games and quizzes, all of which will be held in venuesacrossMargate’s town centre.
The organisers are now looking for people and groups from around the country to come forward with their ideas to create the 2013 festival programme.
Kate Kneale of arine Studios says: ‘We are thrilled. As well as being fun, we want the festival to make a real difference to the local area. It can only do that if it establishes itself as a vibrant annual event. This funding will make all the difference to us.’
Jon Pratty is Relationship Manager for Digital and Creative Economy, South East, at Arts Council England. He says: ‘Games and gaming have always been an important part of our culture and they are an ideal way to unite and inspire communities, from across all ages and backgrounds.
‘The Arts Council’s interest in GEEK lies in its potential to engage more people in culture, particularly digital culture, and how that can inspire young people and give the local economy a considerable boost.’
This investment sits within the context of a range of recent exciting digital and digital culture projects supported by Arts Council England, such as Brighton Digital Festival, Culture Hack East inCambridge, and a new digital arts channel called The Space.
For more information about GEEK, see http://geek2013.co.uk/
Funding event for creative projects and enterprises
Monday 12th November
11-13 King Street,Margate,CT9 1DA
11.00 Welcome Beetroot Design
11.10 Introduction to Grants for the Arts Arts CouncilEngland
An open-application funding programme, which funds creative activities that engage people inEngland, or that help artists and creative organisations carry out their work
11.30 Introduction to KCC Arts and Culture Funding Kent County Council
An annual funding programme for creative organisations and creative activity inKent.
12.15 GEEK Case study / call for projects Marine Studios
Introducing GEEK 2013 (Game Expo East Kent) the largest retro gaming festival in theUK, made inMargate
12.30 Introduction to UnLtd UnLtd
The leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in theUK
12.45 Introduction to East Kent Expansion Fund Kent County Council
0% interest business loans to support job creation inEast Kent
13.15 Networking lunch
14.00 Group discussion or Tour of local venues
14.45 1-2-1surgeries or Tour of local Venues
25 minute sessions with representatives from the funding and support agencies can be pre-booked by completing the form below. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
|Organisation (if applicable):|
|If you would like to request a1-2-1funding and advice surgery, please insert an ‘X’ by the name of the appropriate agency.|
|KCC Arts and Culture Service|
Presented by Arts CouncilEngland,KentCountyCouncil,
MargateArts Creativity Heritage, Marine Studios and Thanet District Council