Storytelling: Grow Your Own Adventure – halfway point

Storytelling within a family setting is fundamental for the development of children’s communication, language and literacy skills, which in turn has a profound impact on their social, emotional and educational development. Shared storytelling activities can promote relationship building between parents and their children, develop creative exploration and reduces stress. Parents are not always confident storytellers,… Continue reading Storytelling: Grow Your Own Adventure – halfway point

Future Festivals – Mid Season Blog

The future festivals project explores new ways of running and attending festivals that include online audiences and performers. Inspired by the events of the global pandemic, when in-person performance was not possible and everyone from headline bands to local folk clubs turned to online performances, we observed, and even participated in this generally unsatisfying experience.… Continue reading Future Festivals – Mid Season Blog

Future Festivals – Oxjam Beeston 2021

On Saturday the 25th of September the Future Festivals project unleashed its first hybrid festival experience on an unsuspecting Beeston public and donated £500 to Oxfam in the process. Debuting our new software platform “Bubbles” we delivered music from eleven performers, eight from our Middle Street Resource Centre venue and a further three from remote… Continue reading Future Festivals – Oxjam Beeston 2021

Future Festivals – Oxjam

We’re excited to be supporting Oxjam this Saturday, 25th September and for those who can’t make it to Beeston in Nottingham, there’s still an opportunity to take part. The Future Festivals project is working with the Mixed Reality Lab to stage an experimental online Oxjam experience on the day. Professor Steve Benford explains “It’s sort… Continue reading Future Festivals – Oxjam

Future Festivals

Call for Participants Our research team at the University of Nottingham is working on making better platforms for hybrid festivals that bring together live and digital performers/audiences in the same event. As part of Oxfam’s annual fundraising event Oxjam, we are testing a prototype hybrid festival system at a local venue in Nottingham on Saturday… Continue reading Future Festivals

Storytelling – Grow Your Own Adventure

Telling stories to young children is core for developing communication, language and literacy skills. In addition to listening to stories, storytelling can encourage the sharing of experiences and supports good mental health.  During the pandemic live storytelling sessions had to be cancelled, so Makers of imaginary Worlds (MOIW) responded with ‘The Gift’, a project that created a… Continue reading Storytelling – Grow Your Own Adventure

Adaptive Interactive Movies (AIM)

We’ve seen an increase in the production of interactive films. It’s therefore surprising that the ‘interactive’ methods used to shape this type of media have not changed greatly since the 1960s. Traditional concepts of interactivity have been cited as incompatible with the inherent pleasures of movie watching.  AIM project Lead, Richard Ramchurn’s work using Brain Controlled Interface (BCI)… Continue reading Adaptive Interactive Movies (AIM)

Future Festivals – news

Future Festivals will be supporting the delivery of UPBEAT Festival of Culture, Learning and Wellbeing on 22nd July.  Listen to Joel Hall (Streampark) talk to BBC Radio Nottingham about the event here.