September might be over now, but we’re still busy busy busy!
We were lucky enough to host the launch party for 2017’s Brighton Digital Festival – a celebration of the innovation and creativity behind everything and anything digital. With installations from the likes of our very own client (and Innovation award winner) Ithaca Audio and even special BDF17 cocktails being passed around, the night started the festival with a bang!
There’s still some fantastic events to happen, which you can find more information on here – there’s always something for everyone.
This afternoon (6/10) we’ll also be hosting Camouflage – a virtual reality and dance installation that gives its participants a playful immersive experience of the game of hide and seek and its viewer the opportunity to watch a match played out live and virtually between hunter and prey.
In this exciting new work, VR is used to create a new social game that plays on our instincts and opens up room for fun and sinister interpretation. Is this a future of gaming? With free entry, drop in at anytime during the exhibition time to watch or experience the various strategies at play in this engaging and fun interactive work.
Camouflage is a Renaud Wiser Dance Company commission funded by Arts Council England, South East Dance and The Chronus Arts Centre Shanghai and supported by the Brighton Digital Festival, the Lighthouse, Werks Central and Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme. A collaboration between digital artists Mária Júdová and Andrej Boleslavský, choreographer Patricia Okenwa and Renaud Wiser Dance Company.
Have you seen or taken part in any events at this year’s Brighton Digital Festival? See what else is going on!
Last Thursday was the much celebrated 25 year mark for us – we decided that it was the perfect opportunity to do something to salute our clients and all that they do. After all, we do have some amazing people in our buildings, and it fills us with pride to see them doing such amazing things.
On 13th July 2017 we’re celebrating the official launch of Cafewerks and holding the first ever Innovation Awards. We’re inviting some of Brighton & Hove’s top creatives as well as members of both universities and the city council – why, you ask?
After 25 years, we’ve had some amazing and inspirational clients through our doors, and we want to share some of the great things we’ve managed to achieve with the help of our team, yourself, and the city of Brighton & Hove.
From top of the chart DJs to motorcycle restorers, we’ve had all kinds of people working with us – so it’s only right we give multiple awards:
Not for profit
The Innovation Awards will be held on the 13th July from 4pm – 7pm at Werks Central, 15-17 Middle Street, BN1 1AL.
Werks Central had the pleasure of hosting a Q&A session with Caroline Lucas this week in our brand new café and events space on Middle Street.
Here is a little summary of one of the many points she made during our conversation.
“At the very least we should have a fund to support smaller businesses who are suddenly facing a hike in business rates. That’s certainly the case with some of the leisure facilities; The Pier for example is suddenly going to have its business rates increased by about 17%.
Yes I want to see an increase in corporation tax but not for the smaller businesses, I think bigger businesses should be paying more so the smaller businesses can pay less.
I think we need to have a legislative framework, which catches up with the fact that the world of work now is very different from the 20th century world of work.
In other words people are setting up businesses just with a mobile phone, and quite a lot of the legislation just doesn’t quite catch up with the idea that people’s business, lives and work, look very different from the kind of 9 to 5, employer, employee type static structure.
I think that there is a lot of excitement about more innovative and pioneering ways of working but the legal structures that we have to go alongside that need to catch up with it. The green party has long been calling for maternity pay and sickness pay, all of those things for the self-employed, just as you get for an employee. That’s just one example of the way we need to have a catch up and recognise that so many people now are either self employed or in very small businesses.”
We heard a few ‘hear hear’s in the crowd at this point. Werks Group host a number of offices filled with self employed people and small businesses and with a growing number of people using our new co-working space at Café Werks, we are sure some of our members would be pleased to hear this being raised first.
Caroline went on to discuss issues to do with Brexit, climate change and the legislations that surround it, funding for schools as well as housing prices and the state of emergency accommodation available.
All in all a very insightful talk and we are thankful to her for taking the time to listen to our views and respond to them so eloquently.
We plan to host many more events like these in the near future, so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter for updates on upcoming events or alternatively you can sign up to our mailing list, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
More Werks news coming soon!