Five things to do at Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

THE Edinburgh Digital Festival is about to kick off with some truly spectacular events on offer, showcasing some of the most sophisticated digital tech on the planet.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 5th August 2016, 11:39 am
Updated Friday, 5th August 2016, 2:18 pm
The Edinburgh Digital Festival is to start. Picture: Contributed

We went along for a sneak peak – and here are five events you won’t want to miss.

Virtual Reality Studio

How often do you get a chance to swim with dolphins on George Street? Probably not a situation you’ve ever pondered, but here’s your chance.

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Play tricks on your brain in a two-hour session where you will become fully immersed in the world of Virtual Reality.

Experience breathtaking films, intimate documentaries and playful animations, all in first person. This technology is utterly mind-blowing.

Games Studio

Calling all wannabe games designers, this is for you. Featuring workshops from Lego, Minecraft and Microsoft, release your inner geek and get creative.

This is ideal for those interested in robotics, deign and coding with professionals on hand to offer advice and guidance, helping you create the next big thing in gaming world.

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Tech Hub

Ever found yourself wondering what it would be like in solitary confinement?

Terrifyingly, you can live this experience in Virtual Reality, in a makeshift cell – just put on the goggles and enter a world of psychological torment.

A place of wonder, this digital playground has a number of Virtual Reality stations with games made by NASA as well as short films and 3D art exhibitions. Supremely cool.

Event Cinema

This state-of-the-art cinema gives you National Theatre quality without the need to empty your wallet.

You can see classic Shakespeare with Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet and The Twelfth Night with Stephen Fry, or if you prefer there will be opera, ballet and even sing-a-longs.

Street Cinema

Parked on George Street, this wagon-cum-cinema is the perfect way to chill out and rest your legs after a day of blowing your mind with the latest technology.

Showing films featured at the Edinburgh and Glasgow Film Festivals, 70s classics and the seminal epic, Flash Gordon.

This article first appeared on our sister site WOW247.