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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Media festival for young people

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


A GROUP of young people are set to organise and produce a two day media festival thanks to funding secured by Stockton Council and ARC.

£20,000 has been committed to the project by Mediabox, a national funding scheme designed to benefit 13 - 19 year olds.

Stockton Council's Arts Development Team worked with ARC to secure the funding, for a second time.

The festival will be held at ARC over two days in February 2010, offering more than 600 young people from local schools and community groups the opportunity to take part in media workshops to extend their knowledge and skills. It will also provide a platform for local young people to showcase their own media work.

Young people will be encouraged and supported to create new work to launch at the festival as well as being given the opportunity to participate in media taster workshops, master classes, attend seminars with media professionals and get advice on media careers options from local further education providers.

A group of students from Grangefield School will be involved in all aspects of creating the festival from programming the media workshop activities, selecting media work to be screened/exhibited, marketing of the festival and event management.

ARC will also be running an after-school club at Grangefield School, facilitated by the Teesside University, where pupils will design a PC game to be launched at the festival.

ARC Chief Executive, Annabel Turpin, said: "We are delighted that our partnership with Stockton Borough Council has enabled us to access funding to support MediaBytes, and are excited by the prospect of working with Grangefield school pupils to develop and present the event. Involving young people in the organisation of events such as these has proved a huge success for ARC in the past, and this is a great opportunity for them to learn more about the media industry and associated opportunities and to promote these to their peers."

Councillor Mary Womphrey, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "This festival is a wonderful opportunity for young people to showcase and exhibit their work in an exciting venue such as ARC. MediaBytes is a great opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of young people in Stockton and working with leading media professionals will hopefully inspire the next generation to explore a future career in media."