Young Digitals Festival 2017

Our second Young Digital Festival YDF17 took place on Saturday 25 March 2017.

This year we worked in partnership with Oldham Libraries to deliver more digital explorations to the young people and families of Oldham.

Alongside our own workshops on the day Oldham Libraries also delivered a whole bunch of digital workshops and activities for families – including digital coding workshops with Hack Oldham and Online banking advice and also a fantastic retro gaming activity to end the day off.

In the lead up to the festival we worked with three educational settings across Oldham – Waterhead Academy, Oasis Academy Oldham and Oldham College – to explore the ideas of building a online game. Students developed the digital environments, the storyline and plot and the gameplay activities of a potential game. We used the skills of the pool of artists Peshkar works with to bring drama, literature, video and photography to the digital gaming world.

In the preceding months, we also ran our satellite library sessions – Digital Saturdays – at libraries in different areas of Oldham. Bringing digital skills, fun and experimentations to each library on the Saturdays on the lead up to the festival day. This was done to promote the festival day but to also bring digital art events out from the usual centre of towns and cities.

Our Young Digitals Festival day was a bigger success from the year before with over 100 participants exploring the library and digital. Peshkar on the day commissioned artists to deliver workshops which explored sonic art, explorations of cultural identity with GIF making, photography art including the landscapes of Oldham, video art films production and game environment development.

We ended up with over 25 young people achieving Arts Award. We also got a nice review in the local paper which you can see below.

We would like to thank Oldham Libraries, Gallery Oldham, Oldham College, Oasis Academy Oldham, Waterhead Academy, our young steering group and artists for making YDF17 a huge success.

Originally formed in 1991 as a community theatre project for Oldham’s Asian community, Peshkar has evolved into the UK’s leading participatory arts organisation targeting young people who are deemed hard to reach or socially disadvantaged.

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