Young people have been developing their multi-media skills to document and make films about shows from this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

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The Festival Live project was set up last year to improve young people’s digital media skills and increase their access to cultural events. Fourteen City Academy students are among the young people taking part in the project this year. Today some of them went to Open in Norwich to watch and make a film using iPads about the show Mirror - a performance which takes audiences into an enchanted world and plays with perceptions.

City Academy students have also been creating films about The Voice Project’s musical mystery tour around Norwich, Saharan musician Bombino, and the Aurora Orchestra. Later this week they will also report on Le Grand C circus show by Compagnie XY.

City academy teacher Duncan Joseph said: “In terms of filming, the students are gaining new skills and developing existing skills, and they are also being exposed to new, varied and different art forms which is always great. They are really developing in confidence. It is great to see how they go from being students on the bus to professional members of a film crew. They have been really impressive.”

City Academy year 10 student Detlan Smith, 15, said: “It is a fun project. You get to learn new skills and see lots of different shows that are really creative, fun and very different.”

Other groups involved in this year’s Festival Live project this year include students from City College Norwich and Future Projects.

As well as watching a number of different festival performances the students have also been given the chance to take part in sessions to learn more digital media skills.

Their work will culminate in an exhibition planned for the autumn.

Michael Howard, the project coordinator of Festival Live, said: “It is offering our young people the chance to experience cultural events which they wouldn’t normally consider and to document and be part of one of the biggest cultural arts festivals in the UK.”

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