NOVA is a shift in philosophy from Sundown —we're inviting partygoers to bring their own ideas and projects to the party to bring a unique spin on our trusted formula.
This year, as well as our competitions and live acts we will be introducing Shader Coding Mentoring with psonice, Teletext Mentoring and Workshops with rawles and members of the Teletext scene. As well as this reality404 will be presenting our free homebrew selection and Vampire will be offering cut price Amiga repair and recapping directly from the party hall.
In addition to this we will also have polynomial providing an epic atmospheric upgrade which we'll keep a surprise until the party has begun!
NOVA takes place on Friday 23rd June until Sunday 25th June. Arrivals are welcome from midday onwards on Friday however we may not have the hall fully assembled at this point. Events will start roughly 7pm onwards - you can look at our Timetable for more information.
The party finishes roughly at midday on Sunday, however you are welcome to hang around while we pack up - or help out if you wish. There are local pubs, cafés and restaurants should you wish to visit them after the party has finished.
The demoscene is an international computer art subculture that specializes in producing demos: small, self-contained computer programs that produce audio-visual presentations. The main goal of a demo is to show off programming, artistic, and musical skills.
NOVA is the UK's premier demoparty - a place for demosceners to convene, spectate and compete in demo competitions, as well as socialise amongst like-minded people.
The weekend long event will showcase live acts and competitions in the evenings, and the daytime is used for people to socialise or work on their productions.
Due to a noise curfew at midnight, we have to stop live acts strictly at this time - at which point many visitors choose to take the annual pilgrimage down to the beach and to enjoy the clear skies, campfire and music.
Visitors can either stay in the hall throughout the duration of the party, or opt to book a hotel, camp in a nearby campsite or stay in a B&B.
Budleigh Salterton is a small town on the coast of East Devon in the South West of England. It is 15 miles from Exeter, and is situated within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Budleigh Salterton also is the location of the start of the Jurassic Coast, the starting point for picturesque and compelling walks, as well as containing a variety of charming local shops, cafés and restaurants.
Central to Budleigh Salterton is its' unspoilt pebble beach, which when paired with a sunny day make for an idyllic break from the party should you need it.
You can find out more about Budleigh Salterton at www.visitbudleigh.com.
The Public Hall has been the home of NOVA and Sundown since 2005.
The hall contains capacity for 100 sceners. We will be equipping the hall with tables, chairs, lighting, Full HD projection and a suitably large sound system for the party.
There is also a bar, catering facilities, backstage areas and disabled access.
You are welcome to sleep in the hall if you choose not to opt for a local hotel or B&B, however you may find it to be rather noisy so consider bringing earplugs if you need them.
We have a very strict noise curfew of 12pm Midnight. Please make absolutely sure that any noise taking place after this time occurs inside the hall with shut doors and windows, or by the bus stop on the road side of the hall.
We are on our last warning regarding this so please take part in enforcing this if you find anyone breaking this rule.
The large hall can accommodate at the most around 100 visitors - we do allow people to sleep overnight on location but recommend people consider a local hotel or B&B, camping or hostelling should you require solid rest.
The hall includes a well specified kitchen with commercial grade flame hobs, ovens, grill, high power microwave and ready boiling water to help with any food preparation you need to take care of. There is also limited refrigeration space; first come first served.
Kris Sum from Switch Systems will be providing us with our robust wireless and wired networking. We'll have a 60Mbit uplink to the internet, complete PartyMeister setup available throughout the duration of the party.
Budleigh Salterton is not too far from the M5 - enter EX9 6RJ into your Sat Nav.
There are two car parks - one of which is free and positioned to the side of the hall on the high incline.
Make sure you use this one if you can to avoid fees / fines!
The closest airport is Exeter Airport, which has links to Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and more. Flights are usually around £60 each way for many European destinations, and from the Airport you can request a pick up from us which we’ll try to do as quickly as possible.
If you choose to fly to a further afield airport, transport links to the nearby city of Exeter are generally excellent - and from there we can send a scener via our Shuttle service out to pick you up or you can opt to travel in via bus.
We recommend travelling via national destinations to Exeter Bus Station
After this point you can use our free shuttle service, where we pick you up and take you to the party.
Should you wish to take an onward bus journey from Exeter, we recommend you look at the www.stagecoachbus.com website and check out the bus routes 57 (Exeter to Exmouth) and 157/357 (Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton) to plan your journey.
Prior investigation of bus stop locations is recommended via Google Maps.
You can opt to sleep at the party – bear in mind it can be quite noisy!
We do have a limited amount of quiet sleeping spots if required, but please let us know if you require this. Failing that we recommend looking at the Visit Budleigh site and contacting the local tourist office to find a suitable Hotel or B&B.
Zeb is kindly offering lifts before 11pm on Friday and on Sunday for anyone needing them - drop a message on the Facebook event page if you need a shuttle arranged. If you do not use Facebook, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with SHUTTLE in the title and I'll pass the message on.
Not a competition, just a space for you to show people what you do. Perhaps you made a game, or some cool tool, or you have an interesting hobby completely unrelated to the demoscene. If so, bring it (or a video or photos) along and show off!
There’s only one rule: Please keep it to 10 minutes or less.
Are you new to the demoscene and would like to learn how demos are made? Or perhaps you’re a demoscener looking to learn more. If so we have a couple of mentors available who can spend some time teaching a few tricks of the trade. Currently we can help you learn:
If you’re interested please drop psonice a line at psonice[at]me.com. Priority will be given to people new to the scene, but all are welcome to apply.
And if you have some skills in code, music production, graphics (or anything else) you could share and don’t mind spending a few hours at Nova passing some skills on, let psonice know.
The iconic Teletext era has seen a recent renaissance thanks to the up and coming Teletext scene. Join rawles, Kieran Connell and horsenburger alongside the CRTC demogroup to learn all about Teletext design. You can even compete in our Teletext Graphics competition with a chance to win a prize.
As is with tradition, upon our midnight noise curfew many sceners head down to the beach to enjoy the midnight sky, some music and a campfire.
Paul (Vampire) Carpenter will be offering an incredible cut-price service for Amiga owners needing a re-cap or repair fix.
Vampire will happily attempt recaps/diagnostics/repairs on other machines, depending on what parts are required.
As is tradition on the Sunday morning we will be hosting Jackbox party games on the big screen - hilarious audience participation quizzes and games to wake you up in the aftermath of Saturday's partying!
Reality404 will be holding an informal homebrew beer competition among anyone wishing to bring along a keg of their finest batch. Feel free to bring along your own barrel if you have one ready and talk with John about joining the competition. And of course, you can participate by judging the entrants at no cost!
This year we’re separating the streaming music into Dancefloor (any “dance” music with a strong beat) and Instrumental (anything else). If your entry is in the grey area, you decide which to enter!
Make sure you register, and send a payment by BACS to MR R P FULLAM (Halifax), Sort Code 110298, Account 00148134 clearly marked Sundown in the reference field.
Send PayPal money as a gift to email@example.com to avoid unnecessary fees.
You can opt to pay by cash on arrival as you come to the party. There are cashpoints in the town nearby should you need to make a withdrawal.