Now in our second year, and after 13 years of successful UK parties, we're stoked to bits to present to you Nova 18 - the UK's biggest demoscene party! Come join us on Friday 22nd of June until Sunday 24th of June!
This year, our organisers are going all out to bring a milestone party experience - a feast for the eyes and ears! As ever we will be bringing our whopping sound system, a full 16'x10' Full HD screen - and now thanks to our man Polynomial we are upping our lighting foo to levels unseen.
Friday is the night for socialising, meeting and greeting friends old and new - our DJs will provide the soundtrack. Come fill our fridges with your beer and food and get settled in.
Saturday is for finishing up productions and competitions - after which the legendary traditional beach trip will take place as soon as the clock strikes midnight, where the party continues until the small hours.
Sunday is the time for farewell until the next party...
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.
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.
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!
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.