Capital Crime, Adam Hamdy and David Headley's new London-based crime and thriller festival, is launching a new initiative: Capital Crime Digital.
Hosted at www.capitalcrime.digital, it has been described as a year-round "online festival" featuring interviews, profiles and discussions with authors and other crime and thriller creatives.
According to the festival's founders, the festival's digital arm will allow it to be "even more inclusive" whilst contributing to its overarching goal of expanding the appeal of the crime and thriller genre.
As well as posting content produced during the festival, there will be additional interviews with authors not featured on panels, allowing publishers to further promote their authors and content - all for free.
"When we started programming Capital Crime, we realised the limitations of a physical festival, so we came up with Capital Crime Digital as a way to showcase even more talent," said Hamdy, writer and Capital Crime co-founder.
Headley, Goldsboro Books m.d., added: "Digital technology allows us to be even more inclusive and enables us to feature an additional 60 creatives over and above those who will be at the physical festival. Capital Crime Digital will offer year-round exposure to crime and thriller fans all over the world. It’s an important part of the Capital Crime strategy to help grow the popularity of the crime and thriller genre."
Keen to involve the crime and thriller community in the new initiative, authors and creatives will start to receive invitations to participate in Capital Crime Digital over the coming weeks.
The digital festival will launch in September 2019, to coincide with Capital Crime, which takes place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London from 26th to 28th September 2019.
Capital Crime, first announced in September, has been modelled on popular conventions like 'Comic-Con' and is expected to attract more than 800 crime and thriller fans over three days. It also comprises a social outreach Initiative, as part of which 20 students will be given complimentary day passes to attend the festival and be given the opportunity to meet established authors and publishing professionals.