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BBC Blast Tour comes to Edinburgh

BBC Blast Tour Edinburgh 2009 Creative young people aged 13 -19 will soon be able to let their imagination run wild in a series of free workshops when BBC Blast brings professional equipment and media industry experts to Edinburgh from Wednesday  June 17th to Saturday 20th June 2009.

BBC Blast will build an impressive mobile media village at Bristo Square at the Edinburgh University (17th - 19th June) and Festival Square, Lothian Road (20th June) with purpose built digital workshop spaces and a separate performance area. Teenagers can use state of the art equipment to produce their own work with advice and support from BBC staff and industry professionals.

Specially selected workshops include:

Music - From Demo to Release
Are you in a band at school or college or just interested in the inner workings of the music industry? John Clarke, former member of Bis and now Music Producer of Rottenrow Records guides you through the process...from demo to release.

Media - Make a Film in a Day
Film a documentary using Blast at Bristo Square as inspiration. You'll get hands on shooting, editing and interviewing experience in this fast paced workshop. With Pilton Video.

Dance & Performance - Have a go...Street Dance
A chance experiment with different street dance moves and create a short sequence. No dance experience necessary.

Creative arts - Hip Hop Shakespeare
What's the connection between rap and Shakespeare? Themes, rhythm and creativity! Act like a medieval Jay-Z and lay down some rhymes.

The events will culminate on Saturday 20th June with the Blast Talent Showcase, when films, music, dance and radio pieces created at the Edinburgh event will be shown to the public and you can get to see the finest of the town's emerging talent!

Sian Lord, Editor for BBC Blast said:

"The idea of being creative can be pretty daunting, if you don't consider yourself to be particularly artistic. But in fact there's some creativity in all of us and sometimes all you need is a bit of inspiration. BBC Blast is all about inspiring young people to explore their own creativity, through technology and interactivity"

"The BBC Blast Tour is a real unique opportunity for young people from the local area to get some real hands on experience and get training from the industry experts. The best bit of all, is that it's absolutely free!"

BBC Blast is the social learning initiative that supports the development of creative skills in 13-19 year olds. Blast online is at the heart of the initiative, allowing participants to upload their own content and gain feedback from both peers and media industry professionals. This year's Blast tour is visiting 29 cities across the UK offering free media industry workshops, and the highly successful Blast work-placement scheme has so far put 350 young people a year into placements in the creative industries. 

Content created by users on the website and the tour will be collected throughout the year and a showcase will be screened on BBC2 in November 2009.

BBC Blast at Bristo Square at the Edinburgh University runs on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th from 9am - 6pm.  BBC Blast at Festival Square, Lothian Road runs Saturday 20th from 12pm - 7.30pm.

Films, music, dance and radio pieces created at the event can be shown to friends and family at public showcases (Saturday 1.45pm & 3.30pm), uploaded onto the BBC Blast website may even make it onto BBC2's Blast programmes.

All workshops and showcases are free, for more details and to sign up for workshops see http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/blast/on_tour_2008.shtml  or email blastscotland@bbc.co.uk .


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