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12-23 April 2021 | Manchester, UK

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Digital City Festival

What is Digital City Festival?

Digital City Festival is the annual event series exploring what makes a leading digital city. 

The festival brings together the leaders, creators and change-makers who are shaping the future of digital. 

In 2020, the inaugural Digital City Festival featured Digital City Expo, the Digital City Awards, an official Opening Event, the Digital City Leaders’ Reception, and 50 diverse fringe events across Greater Manchester. 

When and where is the 2021 festival taking place?

The 2021 festival will run from April 12th-23rd 2021, featuring a range of events across Greater Manchester, UK. The flagship event, Digital City Expo, will be broadcast online to a global audience. 

Digital City Expo

What is Digital City Expo?

Digital City Expo 2021 will be the cornerstone of two weeks of activity hosted in Greater Manchester.

The two-day event will bring together thousands of decision-makers to network, learn and explore the latest innovations in tech, marketing, ecommerce and media

Expect industry-leading exhibitions, an incredible line-up of talks and masterclasses across eight stages, a 360° central bar with all-day DJ, and some unmissable interactive experiences. 

Where is the 2021 expo taking place?

Manchester Central Convention Centre - situated in the heart of Manchester, near St. Peter’s Square tram stop.

What are the event opening times?

Wednesday 21st April 2021: 9am-5pm

Thursday 22nd April 2021: 9am-4:30pm

Who attends Digital City Expo?

Professionals with an interest in the latest innovations and thought-leadership across tech, marketing, ecommerce and media. The expo is a great opportunity to get new inspiration to take back to the office (or wherever you work from!), and to make new connections in your industry.

When will I be able to see the agenda for expo speaker sessions?

The Digital City Expo 2021 agenda will be released December 2020/January 2021.

Is there somewhere to leave coats and luggage? 

Of course, there’s a cloakroom at Manchester Central. 

Will there be filming and/or photography at the event? 

Yes. We’re afraid it’s not possible to prevent you potentially featuring in photos/videos as the event will be recorded. 

Digital City Expo - registration

When will registration open and is there a deadline? 

Please note: registering grants you access to Digital City Expo on April 21st and 22nd 2021. All fringe events are individually ticketed. 

Registration is now open! You can register for your place at Digital City Expo 2021 here

Closer to the event, we will ask you to confirm some final details so you can receive your delegate badge. 

Is there a cost to attend Digital City Expo?

No! Digital City Expo is free for all to attend.

Can I register on behalf of a colleague?

Every registration needs to be linked to a unique email address and as part of the registration process each individual agrees to T&Cs - please do not register on behalf of someone else.

Is it possible to register multiple attendees at once?

To register multiple delegates, please contact the team on and we will manage this for you! 

Digital City Expo - online 

I will only be attending the expo online, do I still need to register? 

Yes - whether you are attending physically, online, or both, you need to register for your place

How will I access the expo online?

If you’ve registered, we’ll be in touch closer to the event to confirm some final details and share your sign-in link. 

Will the content be available to watch after the live broadcast? 

Content will be made available on-demand for a limited time after the expo closes. We recommend tuning in live to make the most of the event! 

Digital City Expo - sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers 

Accessibility at Digital City Expo

How accessible is Manchester Central?

Most of the exhibition space is on the ground floor/street level and can be accessed via the main entrance. All entrances are fully ramped and accessible. There is plenty of space for wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs can be hired for use within the venue - to enquire about bookings and availability, contact the Manchester Central First Aid department on +44 (0)161 834 2700 ext. 2211 or email Bookings should be made in advance as availability cannot be guaranteed otherwise. Please note that Manchester Central wheelchairs must not be removed from the venue.

For any queries about accessibility at Manchester Central or other festival event venues please email

Digital City Festival - events

How do I sign up to attend festival events? 

All events are individually ticketed - some will be free to attend, others will charge an entry fee, at the organiser’s discretion.

Head to the event page for the event you’re interested in for information. 

How can I get involved in the festival by hosting an event? 

We are not yet open for 2021 event applications. Stay tuned for more details. 

Will there be filming and/or photography at festival events? 

Potentially - many events are independently organised, please contact the individual event organiser for more details. 

Digital City Awards

What is the Digital City Awards? 

A core event in the Digital City Festival calendar, the Digital City Awards recognise and reward the organisations, teams and individuals who are helping to build a better future through technology. 

Categories include the Tech For Good Award, Digital Innovation of the Year and Digital Leader of the Year. 

The ceremony for the Digital City Awards 2021 will take place the evening of Thursday April 22nd, following Day 2 of Digital City Expo.

How can I get involved in the Digital City Awards 2021?

The Digital City Awards 2021 will launch very soon - more details about how you can enter and attend will be announced shortly. 

Opportunities are available to sponsor the Digital City Awards, find out more by downloading the Digital City Festival 2021 info pack here

Who can enter the awards?

Entries are accepted globally. 

Will there be filming and/or photography at the event?

Yes. We’re afraid it’s not possible to prevent you potentially featuring in photos/videos as the event will be recorded.

A note about our attendees list 

You may hear from organisations offering you the delegate list for Digital City Expo - this is a scam and not authorised by Digital City Festival. Please ignore! 

We do not share delegate data with anyone, except with our trusted partners, and only ever with your consent. You can find our full privacy policy here