Over the next four weeks ‘B44 based’ YEP Media will be sending six lucky families from Birmingham to attend a selection of the city’s arts and cultural activities. The chosen participants will be immersing themselves in the vibrant and diverse cultural events that Birmingham has to offer.
The families will then ‘Say it Online’ by reviewing their experiences using a variety of techniques. Following a master class from Birmingham’s digital media guru Pete Ashton, they will be armed with the knowledge and knowhow to be able to create and upload their own reviews using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogging, as well as learning how these skills can be used successfully in everyday life.
This will give the participants the chance to broadcast to the world an insight into the fantastic events happening in Birmingham, with activities as diverse as the X-factor Live Tour, The Royal Ballet, live hip-hop graphic novel ‘The Rememberers’, Birmingham’s own Lenny Henry: Cradle to Rave and many more, the local participants will be getting a taste of Birmingham’s multi-cultural heritage.
One of the parents involved in the project, Jane Thakoordin, said, “I’m looking forward to being able review my experiences so that I’m not just passively watching events, but actually actively engaging and learning more about digital media. I’m really grateful to be given the chance of being part of such a great project. “
The ‘Say it Online’ project is part of Birmingham City Council’s ‘Say Hello’ campaign to help engage the public in using the internet and online media following on from the highly successful Hello Digital campaign. Now participants will have the chance to provide a ‘voice’ for citizens of Birmingham.
Each family will gain knowledge of how technology can bring families together with different generations, from young internet native’s right up to their Gran and Granddad through activities all the family can enjoy. The final part of the project ‘Said it Online’ is an awards ceremony to formally celebrate the participation of each member and the winner of the competition will also be announced.
Daniel Bryden from YEP Media said, “I think that the Say it Online project is a great opportunity for those families in the city who don’t usually get the chance to attend arts and cultural events, this project is a way for families to go out and experience what Birmingham has to offer and learn new skills.”
PLUS! Are you a budding reporter or a whizz with a camera? Say it Online are running a competition for anyone 13+ (parental consent may be required) to review an arts or cultural event in Birmingham in a 60 second video – post it on YouTube for a chance to win a Flip Mino HD Camcorder and Free event tickets – the most creative wins!
For more information on how to get involved please visit: www.sayitonline.co.uk
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