The mail order specialist, MacLine, Apple-friendly ISP AppleOnline and Macworld magazine are joining forces to launch a series of MacFest roadshows.

The roadshows will feature the latest technologies from a wide range of manufacturers, software companies and service providers. The first event will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14 2001 in the Novotel, Hammersmith, London. The exhibition will then move to Manchester's Contact Theatre on Friday March 16.

The roadshow seminar programme will feature the latest products from leading software companies, including Apple, FileMaker, Macromedia, Microsoft, Media 100 and Adobe.

Mustafa Mustafa, group sales manager of Macworld, said: "Macworld readers have been demanding such roadshows for a long time. MacFest will be just what they've been looking for."

Garrett Doyle, managing director of MacLine, said: "After the success of Showcase 2000, we thought it would be good to take the event round the country."

Farhad Alaaldin, executive director of AppleOnline, said: "MacFest will be a golden opportunity for everyone in the Mac industry to go around the country and meet with Macintosh users on their home ground."