Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games here we come!

5 March 2010

Reporting on the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (14-21 March 2010)

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On 14 March, A New Direction will be taking a group of students from Stoke Newington School to Vancouver for a week to document and report on the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, via film and a range of social media channels.

The students, who were selected through a competitive application and presentation process, will develop the skills and confidence to film, blog and document the experience via a range of social media platforms including Twitter, Wordpress, Flickr, Vimeo, Soundcloud and Audioboo

www.vancouver.anewdirection.org.uk

The project explores the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality, linking back to the opportunities of creative and cultural engagement for young Londoners around the London 2012 Games, and through the microsite the students will be able to share their findings with other young people across the city.

The students will explore what it is like to be a young person in an Olympic city during the Games. They will attend sporting and cultural events, meet and interview Paralympians and the people that work with them.

They will experience Wheelchair Curling, Alpine Ski-ing and Ice Sledge Hockey, visit the Museum of Anthropology, and experience a spellbinding Cirque Eloize performance at the Vancouver Centre for Performing Arts. There will also be an opportunity to meet students from Britannia Secondary School and young people from across Vancouver who are involved in the British Columbia Ministry of Education's Sharing the Dream and Student's Live programmes.

A film-maker will accompany the Stoke Newington students on the trip to advise and support in filming techniques, and will also produce a film showcasing the highlights from the experience.

To equip them with the skills needed to report back each day to the UK, the students have recently taken part in an inspiring 2-day training course on film-making, blogging and writing for the web delivered by A New Direction and experts in the field.

For further information contact – Steve Woodward on steve.woodward@anewdirection.org.uk or 020 8535 5388 or 07894 598828

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Note: Although this is not part of the Creative Partnerships programme, we plan to continue the momentum from the project in the lead up to launching our 'Olympic' themed Creative Partnerships 'Enquiry schools' Programme in Autumn 2010, which will be available to schools across all London boroughs