NOISE Festival 2008 Second Life Showcase

NOISE goes completely virtual for the launch of the 2008 festival, hosting a party and month long exhibition on Second Life

  • Type
    Launch / Exhibition
  • Date
    29 September, 2008
  • Location
    Second Life (Manchester and Oldham Islands), BBC Big Screens, NOISE HQ

We go completely virtual with the launch of the 2008 festival, hosting a party and month-long exhibition on Second Life (3D virtual community) – the first of its kind in the UK! 

The launch do is streamed live onto the BBC Big Screen in Liverpool City Centre, as part of the launch of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The public and press are invited to visit by logging onto the Manchester and Oldham Second Life Islands, where they can network with specially developed ‘Avatars’ – including Curators Badly Drawn Boy (who controlled his pixelated-self live in the NOISE office), and Zaha Hadid, plus a selection of talent who are operating their avatars live. All this is set to a special DJ mix by Liverpool’s No Fakin, DJs of the best music.

The virtual exhibition showcases the best work from 9,000 submissions. 


  • 106 Exhibiting Artists
  • 100 visitors to Second Life from the UK and international visitors including NOISE artists in New York


  • BBC North West News
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Pulp Student Magazine

Well you have done a fab job. It’s a good idea and means people from all around the world can access without paying a penny.

Polly Westergaard, NOISE Product Designer

Supported by

Arts council             Oldham college