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Bit Crush Festival Returns and Raises Nearly £3500 for Charity

The annual Bit Crush Festival was held at Canterbury College from 23-25 November, raising a grand total of £3437.46 for Demelza Hospice for Children.

Organised by our students and staff from our Music, Media and Performing Arts department, the three-day games and digital festival was held in aid of Demelza Hospice for Children.

After having a year's break due to the pandemic, the event had a well-received come back and energised the college environment.

Cat Smith, Lecturer in Games and Graphic Design, said: “The festival was amazing, the students were engaged and all contributed to the spirit of the event over the three days, working very hard to raise funds for Demelza Hospice charity in a critical time of need after a lack of income during the lockdown period.”

In preparation for the event, Level 3 Games and Digital Design students worked hard on a branding and marketing project to create a new mascot for the occasion.

The winning design, a character named ‘Spritely’, was judged by a group of professionals, and designed by student, Marcus Nobs.

The students also planned and designed badges and merchandise to sell, arranged a bake sale, helped on the Demelza stall, and showcased their own game demos.

They set up game pods where other students paid donations to play, assisted by Level 2 students.

Music students performed each lunch time with their bands, bringing in crowds and helping to attract staff and students to donate. This year Performing Arts also helped with the event and Film and TV students worked hard to capture the event by filming and interviewing people over the three days.

Bit Crush Festival 2021 was the most successful one yet, as amazingly, the team exceeded their target of £3000 and raised a staggering £3437.46 in total!

If you would like to donate to Bit Crush, please follow the link to the Just Giving page here.