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Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to open Digital City Festival week

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, will formally welcome some of the digital sector’s brightest and best to Manchester as he launches the first-ever Digital City Festival on March 9th.

Burnham will officially open the five-day event coming to Manchester in March, attending the official launch event hosted at the offices of Nasty Gal on Dale Street at 9:30am. He will speak about Manchester’s ambition to become one of Europe’s top digital city-regions, and the city’s commitment to delivering this through an open, collaborative and connected approach. 

The Mayor will be joined by Jo Graham, CIO at Boohoo; Patrick Gormley, Capita Consulting Lead; and Martyn Collins, Festival Director of Digital City Festival, to speak at the exclusive event.

It will kick off five days of activity which will attract digital specialists from around the world to the city, which will transform into a hub for digital – celebrating marketing, tech, eCommerce, media and more in Manchester. 


Taking place between the 9th and 13th, the festival week will include the landmark Digital City Expo, keynote sessions from industry experts, as well as fringe events, giving people the chance to connect, collaborate and share knowledge and innovation across the digital sector.

The invitation-only event on the morning of March 9th will bring together an audience made up of influential local figures, event supporters, and press. The Manchester Mayor will take questions from the press at the official launch.

Burnham said: “It’s fantastic that Manchester has been chosen to host the first Digital City Festival. Events of this kind are key to delivering our ambition to be recognised as a world-leading digital city region and more importantly will unite the digital sector, create new partnerships and celebrate the people, businesses and organisations so instrumental to growing our influence on the world stage.”

Digital City Festival will take over Manchester between March 9th and 13th

Digital City Festival will bring together the business community from across the UK and beyond, providing a spotlight on Manchester. At its centre is Digital City Expo at Manchester Central, taking place on March 11th and 12th – free registration for which is open now.

The exhibition centre will welcome thousands of delegates from marketing, tech, eCommerce and media, to meet leading exhibitors from across digital and hear from influential speakers across eight stages. The Keynote Theatre at its heart will see names including Social Chain’s Katy Leeson, the Co-op’s Chris Conway, and Google’s Natasha Kosoglov take to the stage.

Outside the expo, a wide range of fringe events have been planned all around Greater Manchester, as well as the Digital City Awards at Albert Hall. Digital City Champion Dept will be hosting the official expo afterparty at modern new venue Viadux not far from Manchester Central.

Visit the Digital City Festival website to register for the expo, and explore the rest of the week’s events in more detail.

Opportunities to be part of Digital City Festival are available. Find out more here, or contact Becky Mellor on, or 0161 533 0681.

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