Variety is the Spice of Life

Recent Digital Storytelling Projects

The range of digital stories that BBCA has helped to create continues to be extremely wide.  The recent projects are many and varied and we sometimes feel that we do not have a moment to breathe. Luckily, one of the more recent projects was with Gwent Wildlife Trust, which involved a local school and taking the time to listen to and record the birds.  Not sure if there were any ducks (see previous blog) but introducing children to wildlife is one of life’s greater pleasures.

Natasha also went to the Hub Cymru Africa Launch in the Millennium Stadium Cardiff.  Hub Cymru Africa focuses on:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Lifelong learning
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Involving the most marginalised groups

Representing Communities with Digital Storytelling

Another fascinating project was some work we did with Representing Communities, in particular North Merthyr.  One of the digital stories was featured in our story of the week and, as with all digital stories, each has a distinctive voice.  Representing Communities uses the voice of the community through creative arts practices as evidence to advise health procedures and service development.

We have also been touring with the Head4Arts WWI bunker van capturing stories about The Great War and making poppies for an impromptu ‘garden’ of remembrance.

This is part of an on-going series of projects, so check back for further dates in the South Wales area.

The Attitude Festival in Merthyr Tydfil involved BBCA filming sections of the events.  The Festival was a celebration of the fact that creativity does not dim with age (just as well or everyone bar Ryan would be out of a job – Ed.)

And whilst on the subject of the less young, we held an event in Abertillery as part of the Gwanwyn Festival.  Called ‘Discover Your Inner Teenager’ it offered participants the opportunity to try out a range of activities that are normally only offered to young people. The activities included light drawing/graffiti, and creating an Avatar (on smart phone or tablet).

So from listening to the birds through to graffiti, it has been a spicy few weeks.

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