Playhouse Digital Dialogue Project presents “Faces of Derry~Londonderry” Thursday 20th June 2013 12pm

Local young people will represent the many "Faces of Derry~Londonderry" in a special Digital Art Installation at The Playhouse next month.

As part of a two year project 60 learners from Derry Youth & Community Workshop, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Lilliput Theatre Company and Rutledge Recruitment & Training have created a Digital Art Installation representing their views about the Places and the Faces of Derry~Londonderry.

The official launch of "Faces of Derry~Londonderry" Exhibition and Screening will now take place on Thursday June 20.

The groups gained three digital media Open College Network qualifications between September 2012 and June 2013 in Digital Photography, Film & Video Production and Radio Production.

For the creation of the Digital Art Installation, the project participants enlisted the help of local people earlier this year, when they were based in Foyleside Shopping Centre for a week and The Playhouse, asking members of the public to sit for a studio photograph, resulting in over 100 headshot images being taken. These stills have now been formed into a Digital Video Art Installation entitled "Faces of Derry~Londonderry", with an originally devised soundtrack

entitled "Axolotl" by young, local musician and writer, Don McLennan.

Other work created by the groups include a selection of short films based on the theme of Faces of Derry~Londonderry, bringing their creative ideas to life through video and animation.

The final digital media used to promote the faces of the City included Radio Podcast. There are a variety of comedic and documentary type Radio Podcasts created by the young people which will be available for download online through The Playhouse's website www.derryplayhouse.co.uk from June 20.

Sharon McLennan, Education Officer of The Playhouse said, "The premise to the project for both years was focusing on Derry~Londonderry's UK City of Culture status and wanting the young people to represent, through digital media, what they believed to be important by ways of the Places of the City (in Year 1) and the Faces of the City (in Year 2) and what they would want highlighted to visitors. The work produced this year has been varied, creative and inspirational."

"We hope the people of the City and visitors will help support this two year project by coming along and show support the young people of the city."

The official launch of "Faces of Derry~Londonderry" Exhibition and Screening is free and open to everyone and will take place at The Playhouse on Thursday 20 June at 12 noon. For more information contact The Playhouse on (208)71268027 or visit www.derryplayhouse.co.uk

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