We are currently finalising our programme of special guests, speakers, musicians, market traders and special events so bear with us!
We will be releasing ticket details shortly.
What we can say at this stage is that we are excited to announce that we will be presenting a very special outdoor screening of Blade Runner Final Cut at the Wilton Centre - the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s ‘Hades’ landscape! The film will be preceded by a coach tour of the Wilton Complex.
From LA, we are also extremely honoured to announce that Golden Globe winner and triple Emmy Award nominee, Joanna Cassidy (Nexus 6 Zhora Salome in Blade Runner), will be attending the convention. Joanna will participate in a special ‘In Conversation’ event, a Q+A panel and will also be one of the Cosplay prize winner judges! Joanna may also bring some photos to sign. Look out also for a very special ‘Zhora’ event during the con!
We can also announce that Katy Haber (Executive Producer of Blade Runner), will be attending and participating in a special ‘In Conversation’, amongst other special events.
Also flying in from LA, the one and only Mr Paul M. Sammon, author of the Blade Runner bible, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, who will deliver a keynote lecture and attend a number of other panels.
From the Blade Runner community, we look forward with great anticipation to talks and panels from Iain Souter (Blade Runner Worldwide and Blade Runner 2049 Worldwide Fans Groups) and Jaime Prater (Founder of Shoulder of Orion: The Blade Runner Podcast), who will record a special convention podcast.
From Cambridge University, Dr Beth Singler, an anthropologist of AI will discuss Mercerism, AI and Religion whilst Dr Robin Bunce will chair a discussion on Blade Runner 2049 (Robin is the editor of Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy, due for release in September 2019).
Closer to home, from Teesside University, Dr Benjamin Lamb discusses the links between Ridley Scott’s first film ‘Boy and Bicycle’ (1965), and his subsequent oeuvre, and from Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside's very own Anime and Manga specialist Ian Wolf will sketch out the links between cyberpunk, anime and manga!
We are working on other guests but to conclude, we look forward with great anticipation to welcoming Stephen Wright (Director of the art research programme “Documents & Contemporary Art” at the European School of Visual Art.)
For the evening music events, we are super excited to announce the following acts:
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT, CLINIC, BLADE JOGGER (Austin Collings/Liam Power), SEB GAINSBOROUGH/VESSEL, NIK COLK VOID with visuals by DAN TOMBS, THE INVISIBLE PRESENCE BAND (Compositions to the words of Philip K Dick), NATALIE SHARP (LONE TAXIDERMIST), NIXON, SHACKLETON, THE ROSEN CORPORATION and STEEL CITY COLLECTIVE: Featuring DJ L.A. Rock and Jonny Lazer.
Together with our partners at the Tees Music Alliance and Base Camp, Middlesbrough, we have a series of ongoing conversations with other stellar performers and DJ/AV acts so will post news on here and on social media over the coming weeks.
For the Cyberpunk Market, we are also delighted to announce that Middlesbrough’s very own Interstellar Comics will be a key trader for the event. For news on how to get a stall at the market see the MARKET section below.
Other special events include the Ridley Scott 'Boy and Bicycle' Re-enactement bike ride from Ridley Scott’s old house in Hartburn to his old college in Hartlepool; a new sound-artwork premier as the bike riders cycle down Church Street, Hartlepool; a special outdoor screening of 'Boy and Bicycle' (Ridley Scott 1965), in Church Square, Hartlepool; and a special screening of Blade Runner 2049 followed by a Q+A.
Keep checking site for updates and new announcements!