Former MP and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham set to open Digital City Festival week

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by Charlie Spargo

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and ex-MP, 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, speaking at the official launch event hosted at the offices of eCommerce giant Nasty Gal, part of Boohoo. Also presenting will be Jo Graham, CIO at Boohoo; Patrick Gormley, Capita Consulting Lead; and Martyn Collins, Festival Director of Digital City Festival.

This event 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.

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 at Nasty Gal on the morning of March 9th will bring together an audience made up of influential local figures, event supporters, and press.

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 Expo takes place at Manchester Central on March 11th and 12th - and free registration for it is open now. The exhibition centre will welcome thousands of delegates to meet leading exhibitors and hear from influential speakers across eight stages.

One of these, its keynote stage, will see names including Microsoft Advertising's Ben Irons, 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.

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