What is RAM_Fest?

2 & 3 November 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm both days, with special events in the evenings

QUAD Gallery 1 & 2 and QUAD Digital Studio

RAM_Fest is a new mini-festival in Derby celebrating computer and video gaming culture in the UK, featuring over 20 computers and consoles from the Retro Computer Museumin Leicester – such as the iconic Commodore 64, Super Nintendo and Playstation 1 – that members of the public can play, reminisce over and introduce to new generations.

Whilst celebrating what has gone before, RAM_Fest also looks to the new: the festival will feature a beta testing section highlighting playable games made by artists, plus games in development by Indie developers – many of these local to Derby.

Alongside this, in QUAD Gallery 1 there will be a selection of items from Gaming history – including original ephemera from the development of Tomb Raider, created in Derby. There will also be original artwork by artists and never before seen items that chart the rise of gaming in the late 1970s to the modern day.

RAM_Fest also welcomes an array of guest speakers: including legendary C64 and 8-bit music composer Rob Hubbard; illustrator and games developer David de Leuw, YouTube star and Gamer Girl TheGebs24and a special Tomb Raider panel includingHeather Stevens, Nathan McCreeand Andy Sandham. There will also be screenings of the Tomb Raider documentary Lethal and Loadedand the classic sci-fi movie TRON (PG).

RAM_Fest will take place at QUAD and is organised by Luke Earle and Peter Bonnell in partnership with the Retro Computer Museum

Our Organisers

Peter Bonnell - Senior Curator, QUAD

Luke Earle - Board Member, QUAD

RAM_Fest is funded by Unite the Union.


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