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Liverpool MakeFest 2017

July 29, 2017 | Digital Inclusion, Latest News, Libraries, Projects, Young People | 0 comments | Author:

Whether you make stuff, want to make stuff or want to meet people who make stuff, MakeFest is an annual highlight. This year it took place on 24 June 2017 at Liverpool Central Library and wehearttech was there for the whole thing as part of our Culture Matters project.

As well as recruiting artists for the event, one of the young people taking part in the project, Megan Harris, spent the day filming and photographing with Rachel Brewster-Wright of Little Vintage Photography to really capture the atmosphere of the day. You can see her photos in this post!

Makers and attendees at Liverpool MakeFest 2017

There was a whole array of amazing things to see and do on the day as Liverpool Central Library was transformed into a maker’s paradise, including Steampunk, the chance to code a drone, take part in arts and crafts, the opportunity to meet some of Merseyside’s women in tech, and even see a working Dalek! And that’s not half of it. All in all, MakeFest really gave visitors a chance to engage with making and to see that there’s a lot more to it – and a lot more for them to get involved in – than they think.

Leaflets for Liverpool MakeFest and some sonic screwdrivers

As one of the Culture Matters Digital & Cultural Producers, Megan got to try her hand at pretty much everything on the day – as well as filming and photographing the event. “It was exciting, fun and interesting,” she said of her experience. “I enjoyed working with Rachel, using the camera and filming interviews with different participants.” As well as being a Media Producer for the day, Megan also visited different stalls and tried out different making activities, including art projects and coding.

Boy using touchscreen at Liverpool MakeFest 2017

She also interviewed various participants including Liverpool Girl Geeks, Mako Digital Arts and Nicole Hudson about their experiences of the fest so that people watching her video can get a first-hand account of what MakeFest – and Culture Matters – is all about. So watch this space… the behind-the-scenes video of MakeFest 2017 is coming soon!!!

Written with Megan Harris.

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