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Dundee prepares for NeoN digital arts festival

A month of city-wide events planned, including 48 hour AppJam contest

The North East of North (NeoN) festival is to return to Dundee in November, offering a full month of digital arts events across the city.

While the programme also encompasses design, art and music, games are a major part of the proceedings. The University of Abertay will run a series of panels, debates and workshops on November 11 to 12, hosted and attended by a wide array of software companies.

On November 8 to 10, the city additionally plays host to AppCon and AppJam, respectively a conference and 48-hour development competition for mobile and social games.

Donna Holford-Lovell, Chair of the NEoN organising group, said, "It's incredibly exciting to be involved with this year's North East of North festival. This year we have moved up several gears, to create something wholly new which incorporates even more content and a much wider variety of topics.

"The theme for 2010 is 'character' – exploring the abstracted or physical agent in a work of art; investigation of the fictional or psychological systems; observation of the unit of information, symbol, sound or written language."

A full list of speakers and events – loosely focused around this year's theme of 'character' - for NeoN will be revealed here over the coming weeks.

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