Open source creativity
Call for Presentations, Workshops and Artists
FAVE is a get-together for creative people who are interested in free
and open source software on Linux and other computer platforms. It's
taking place on Saturday August 13th 2005 at the Trinity Community &
Arts Centre in Bristol, UK. Everyone is welcome, especially if you've never
used this kind of software before.
This is no dry, dull conference! It will be an accessible festival of
fun with performances, installations and workshops. Topics will
* Music production
* Sound recording
* Community radio and media
* Video art and VJ's
* 2D and 3D graphics
* Game design
* Creative Commons licensing
* Software in the Welsh language
There will also be an evening gig featuring performances from
artists who use Linux and free software. The Trinity Centre is a large
converted church, and a legendary music venue. It features a main
stage area, room for stalls, a cafe, bar and kids' corner.
If you would like to make a presentation, hold a workshop, or perform
at this event, please contact the organisers via this address:
or via our website:
posted by tim hall on behalf of:
> Happy New Year.
Thanks - same to you!
> Ben Edwards, who is sysadmin at the Trinity Centre in Bristol
> [ http://3ca.org.uk/home ] is interested in hosting a UK libre multimedia
> conference this year.
Bristol is not a bad location, as it goes - better than the Isle of
Wight, which I had thought about. It would be more difficult/expensive
for most people to get to, wheras Bristol is quite accessible.
> He reckons the Trinity Centre could be made available
> for little or nothing and is after an idea of suitable dates. Obviously we
> don't want to clash with the ZKM LAD conf or any of the London Linux Expo
> type stuff
April has both the Sounds Expo and the ZKM conference - probably too
early as well. There is only one Linux Expo this year and it is in
October. A good resource for planning events is
If you want to attract students and other young people, it might be a
good idea to hold it over the summer holiday period, as long as it
doesn't clash with any of the festivals.
> I'd really value your thoughts on the matter
It might be a good idea to bill it as a user-focused event with some
acessible talks from developers. The ZKM conference is primarily a
developer event and there isn't much point in duplicating that, even if
it is in a different country.
I'd have the main sessions over a weekend so that people with jobs they
can't get away from will be able to attend at least some of the
sessions. There should also be a jam session/DJ'ing/VJ'ing event.
> We have a mailing list here :
> that Ben has set up for group mailings.
Right, I'll join that today. Are you aiming to get sponsorship for this
The BBC R&D department in Surrey, UK is holding open days in June.
They are doing interesting work on desktop media production, as well
as multicast streaming and various audio standards. If you would like
to go, you have to register for a ticket in advance. I've booked for
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