I've evangelized the demo scene quite a bit, at Siggraph, Game Developers Conference, on TV, and at universities. So, I'm of course excited. (I ran the Demoscene Outreach Group, and have a small demo scene info page as well)
North America doesn't see too many parties.
In other Demoscene news, looks like Sony had some involvement in commissioning a demo on PS3 (Kotaku link) named Linger in Shadows by plastic.