Our first Young Digitals Festival took place at Gallery Oldham and Oldham Libraries on Saturday the 26th March

The festival day was full of digital workshops, films, prizes, Arts Award and Superheroes!!!

The festival was designed and run by our young steering group and attracted over 60 participants. All of them experiencing exciting and intriguing workshops involving film, digital, sound, photography and light. In the lead up to the festival we ran a number of workshops in schools across Oldham to bring digital art, film and Arts Award to young people across the town.

Our workshops included a Stroboscopic photography workshop, a sonic art workshop that mapped the town of Oldham and its sounds, a light painting workshop where families created beautiful imagery using camera techniques and spinning light toys and we finished with a special screening of a superhero movie which was programmed by our steering group and chosen by our followers on social media.

On the day we also had 20 young cultural digital vultures completing their Arts Award in a day log books. Not to mention our cultural digital vultures at schools in Oldham completing their Arts Awards Bronze in the run up to festival.

We aligned the festival outreach and the festival day to the Cultural Education Challenge to see how if the festival achieved some of those aims. Which you can see below.

Create: During the YDF festival our Young Steering Group developed and managed a film and digital festival held at Gallery Oldham on the 26 March. Students at Oldham schools had the chance to produce and make their own short films and create their own pieces of digital art.

Compose: During the YDF Festival young people and children had the chance to compose digital sound art with the fantastic Sonic Bloom – professional artists the steering group had chosen to be a part of the festival

Perform: students during YDF workshops in schools were able to perform in front of the camera whilst making short films. As well as young people and children at the festival being able to perform in front of the camera during Stroboscopic photography workshops.

Visit: Students from schools and young people across Oldham are able to visit Gallery Oldham and Oldham Libraries during the day of the festival. As well as the steering group being able to visit Manchester International Festival offices during the Into Film GMOFF festival.

Experience: All young people and children we engaged with were able to experience lots of different art forms and activities. From sonic art, to film making, to performance, to film screenings to photography and much more during the Young Digitals Festival and the workshops and planning leading up to the festival.

Participate: The Young Digital Festival allowed young people from the age of 3 till young adults aged 24 to participate in lots of different workshops at the festival and in school sessions, steering groups and screenings.

Know, Understand and Review: our steering group researched, gained understanding and evaluated and reviewed the Young Digitals Festival. As well as our school groups reviewing films in the workshops we ran for them.

“From early years to school and extra curricular activities” – our work on the young digitals festival included all of these ages and took place in school and as extra curricular activities. Not to mention strong family audience activities during the day of the festival.

“Working with professional artists and tutors.” – All of our workshops were run by professional artists who had been chosen by young people in our steering group.

“Earning qualifications” – participants at school workshops are working their way towards Bronze Arts Award qualifications, members of our steering group are working towards Gold and Silver Arts Award and participants (over 20) on the day of the festival all worked hard on gaining Discover Arts Award.

“…and entering the creative industries.” – All members of our steering group have now had the experience of building, managing and evaluating a Digital / Film Festival and this will help them towards their hopes to have careers in the creative industries.

A big thank you to Gallery Oldham, Oldham Libraries, The Small Cinema Oldham, Oldham Schools and other groups for all your help and partnership in helping the steering group as well.