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Call to Makers for the Brighton Mini Maker Faire is OPEN Answered

The biggest celebration of arts, crafts, science and technology in the South East returns to Sussex in September, and invites applications from all types of makers.
Brighton Mini Maker Faire
One of the county's most popular family events of the past two years, Brighton Mini Maker Faire was attended by over 7,000 people in 2012, and is back for a third time with an even bigger event over two days. Makers of all types are invited to apply to be part of the 2013 Maker Faire, which hopes to present an even more eclectic line-up, including workshops, talks and an educational programme.

Says event co-founder and Build Brighton Director, Mike Pountney:

“We’re looking for makers of all types to get involved with this year’s event. Whether you want to show off a project, teach skills to others, give a talk, run a workshop or just help out, we’d love to hear from you. The spirit of Maker Faire is very much innovation, experimentation and messing with convention – so the weirder and wilder your ideas and creations, the better. Alongside contemporary technology and hackery, we love to see people representing traditional, ancient or lost crafts, as well as practical projects and fine arts. If you make it, we want to hear about it!”

Part of the Brighton Digital Festival, the Maker Faire features live demonstrations and hands-on activities run by Makers whose projects range from traditional arts and crafts, to science experiments, DIY, electronics and more. This year, a more extensive workshop and seminar programme is planned in addition to the main interactive exhibition. Organised by local volunteers, and Build Brighton Hackspace, Brighton Mini Maker Faire is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Feedback from the past two events has been overwhelmingly positive:

“The event was incredible fun…I have never manned such a busy stall, talked to so many people or got so much positive feedback about what I was doing.” Emily Wright, maker

“Seeing kids faces light up as they learn to make stuff is just fantastic, especially when they then want to do more” Neil Ford, volunteer

“Brighton Mini Maker Faire is wonderful. Literally full of wonders.” Kerry Turner, visitor

Key dates:

Main event: Saturday 7th September 2013

Workshops day: Sunday 8th September 2013

Maker applications are now open at http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/makers-2013/ , with a deadline of 7th June. Applicants are asked to detail the nature of their project and how they propose to share it with visitors to the event.  All applicants will be contacted by 1st July.

Other volunteers and educators who’d like to be involved should get in touch here: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/volunteer/

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