Spring is a busy time at Peshkar HQ, and this year the action kicked off on the 2nd March with the start of our Digital Saturdays outreach programme. This year we ran the programme in the run-up to the Young Digitals Festival main event on the 30th March with digital art workshops happening in four local libraries on each of the Saturdays in the run up to the big event. This year we had a team of four artists, some new and some who have been with us for a little while delivering workshops as varied as digital treasure hunts, photography, glitch art and GIFs, all of which went down a storm in Failsworth, Royton, Lees and Northmoor libraries.

This was, of course, followed up by the main event itself, The Young Digitals Festival. Now in its fourth year, this year the theme was ‘Radical’ inspired by the work on our ‘Alternarration’ project, the final artworks of which were exhibited in this year’s festival in an exhibition curated by our Gold Arts Award students from Waterhead Academy who also led guided tours of the exhibition.

This year’s participatory workshops were also curated and commissioned by our Gold Arts Award students who selected artists based on a brief that they wrote for the festival. This year workshops included VJ-ing, Glitch Art and the return of the Digital Treasure hunt from the Digital Saturdays. These workshops were supported by an interactive activity at the front of the library led by Alternarration artist Rabhia Saeeda who led young people in creating their own Arts Award passports, our friends from Mako who led a ‘Code-a-Drone’ workshop and the photography team from University Campus Oldham who had a fun green screen activity.

We are already looking forward to next year’s festival and starting to put plans in place for what our themes might be so watch this space!

If you would like to the chance to get involved in the planning of next year’s festival and get a high-level Arts Award in the process, get in touch with Steph on steph@peshkar.co.uk.

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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