Quirky Festivals for Quirky Places

I recently did a blog post on the forthcoming Digital Shoreditch Festival which seems to exactly fill the billing for the title of this post. Shoreditch is a fascinating area, close to the City of London but with none of its coldness. It draws from the artistic and entrepreneurial drive of its host borough Hackney but also from its near neighbours Islington, Tower Hamlets and even Camden.  So this festival is about place and space and new technologies.

What other such festivals exist; well here I have to lament the passing I believe of the wonderful Brilliantly Birmingham Festival which was equally based around a place; The Jewellery Quarter – a hub of traditional and new design skills, of historic buildings and places – literally a Jewel in Birmingham’s crown.

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The festival was focussed on Jewellery with exhibitions, events etc. There are other Festivals in the City now but none so rooted in a place and in a trade and none with so much potential.

What got me thinking as well about this was this recent publicity for another Festival in another quirky place but on a slightly different scale – New York City with the Ideas Festival all about ideas and creativity. Then there is the UK version in Bristol which fills my twitter page. What other such festivals that combine quirkiness of ideas, design, art and place exists? Answers on a postcomment please.  

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