Spotlight on Mevagissey

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The spotlight is set to shine on Mevagissey tomorrow (Nov 26) as a film crew looks to highlight the important role it plays in connecting Europe, the UK and US with the rest of the world.

The fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall is the unlikely entry point for the near 10,000 mile transatlantic telecommunications cable system that connects the UK to Europe, before travelling onto Bude from where it reaches across the Atlantic to Tuckerton New Jersey.

To highlight its importance, global Internet security firm Kaspersky will be erecting a 3m x 1m projection tower on the harbour lighthouse wall and will be talking to residents and visitors about the important role the village has in keeping us all connected to the Internet.

The Cornish installation is the first stage in a global campaign by Kaspersky called Defenders of Digital which aims to shine a spotlight on the largely unknown people and places that help to keep the Internet safe, open and free for everyone.

Visitors to Mevagissey harbour on Tuesday afternoon will get a chance to experience first-hand the installation and speak to the team behind it.

The installation will then travel onto Zurich, Lisbon and other European cities throughout 2020.

Gray Dudek, co-founder of creative agency Giants and Titans and a regular visitor to Cornwall for more than 15 years, was instrumental in selecting Mevagissey as a location.

He said: “The series, Defenders of Digital, is about sharing the great work that individuals and groups around the world are doing every day to help to keep us all online and Mevagissey is absolutely central to that.

“The Cornish coast is unsurpassed in its beauty and we’re all aware of the important role it has played and continues to play in our fishing and tourism industries. What most people won’t be aware of though is just how important it is to our digital economy. We’d like to invite anyone who happens to be in and around Mevagissey this Tuesday afternoon to come down and find out more about the incredible role this beautiful place plays in all our lives.”

The Defenders of Digital Screen will be installed on Mevagissey harbour lighthouse wall between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday 26 November. To find out more about Defenders of Digital, click here.

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