Over the last couple of years, wehearttech C.I.C. has worked closely with Get It Loud In Libraries to support young people to access quality digital media training and on-the-job learning opportunities as part of their projects. As you all know our mates at Get It Loud In Libraries are the best folk around at putting on awesome gigs in libraries up and down the country. Over the last 12 years, they have delivered quality live gigs, featuring breakthrough and established music acts, in libraries and supporting these venues to be of entertainment, participation, education and information. Artists who have participated in this programme include Adele, Jessie J, Plan B, Cate Le Bon, Clean Bandit, Amanda Palmer, Juliette Lewis, Meilyr Jones, Young Fathers, and many more.
Incorporated into this work are the Young Digital Producers activities that support youth engagement, participation and talent development in creative and cultural activities. This strand offers young people mentoring and learning in the digital and creative industries, supporting young people to gain skills in film, photography, social media and blogging. The young people who participate photograph the gigs and we release their snaps on our social media channels (and sometimes they get used in the local press!), do video interviews with the artists and audience members, and contribute to the Get It Loud In Libraries blog.
The gigs currently being programmed are in Liverpool, Wigan, Kendal, Lancaster and Coventry… so if you’re a young person who like to get involved (or know anyone who would), then get in touch with us. Places are limited, so register your interest quickly and we’ll do our best to fit you into one of our gig teams!
And just in case your wondering, if it is a good as it sounds… here’s what some of the young folk involved had to say about their experiences:
“I learned how to operate a camera using manual functions and getting sleek results. I enjoyed meeting new people and I know the skills will help me with my interest in filmmaking. It was fun!”
“Just wanted to say a big thanks for having me on as part of the team tonight, it was lovely to see the gig and I really appreciate the photography workshop beforehand.”
“I talked to lots of people about their thoughts on the evening and it took a lot of confidence as I’m quite shy. I would do it again!”