Oldham Library to host first ever digital festival

OLDHAM IS to host its first-ever Digital Festival to improve resident’s digital skills with hands-on advice, workshops and tips to help you get on in work and life. 

Digital Festival flyer-1Oldham Library is the place to be on Saturday, March 25 from 10am to 8pm, for this free event and the chance to learn everything you need to know about new technology.

The festival is a joint venture between Oldham Council and Peshkar Productions, an intercultural theatre and multimedia art company.

The line-up will include digital explorations and experiments with some of the best professional digital artists around.

You can start your micro:bit adventure with BBC Make it digital, draw in virtual reality with Google Tilt Brush, have a go at making your own video game character, or learn how to repair digital equipment.

You can also join in some retro games or just find out more about online banking and Smartphone applications first-hand from the experts.

Hack Oldham are also taking over the library on the day and offering advice on coding, making, tech and gaming, and devices.

There’s even a workshop showing writers how to showcase their creative efforts online to a wider audience, plus a stall from University Campus Oldham about digital careers, and a demonstration of free and interactive business resources.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood and Co-operative said: “The Digital Festival is a brilliant example of how Oldham is working in partnership with some of the best and brightest talent around to help give our residents access to new information, knowledge and equipment.

YDF photo 2“We are always looking at opportunities to help residents discover new skills and this event is aimed at people of all age groups and abilities.

“You don’t have to be an expert and everyone can have great fun whilst learning.

“This Digital Festival is just one of many opportunities that the library offers to do this and I hope people will come out and take advantage of this excellent opportunity.”

The Digital Festival is presented in partnership with Oldham libraries and Peshkar productions and incorporates the Young Digitals Festival 2017, Hack Oldham, Flashback Games, Allied, Barclays, Oldham Credit Union and BBC Micro:bit.

For more information or to book a place you should visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/oldham_library

You can also email oldham.library@oldham.gov.uk or call 0161 770 8000 for more information. Oldham Library is in the Cultural Quarter on Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL.

Digital Festival at Oldham Library
Saturday 25 March, 10am–8pm, Free admission

Manage your money online at Oldham library, 12–3pm
Managing your finances online can save you time and even money. Meet local financial experts from Barclays and Oldham Credit Union to find out more. No need to book.

Upcycle a book, at the Bookmark-it bookshop, 10am–12pm
Pre loved books can be turned into lovely objects. Find inspiration on Pinterest and get started on your own project. Share your creations on Instagram @oldham_libraries. Materials provided. No need to book.

HaYDF photock the library at Oldham library, 10am–3pm
Join Hack Oldham as they take over the library and have a go at coding, making, tech and gaming! If you need any help with any type of tech you can get some device advice at the Digi Drop in session. Hack the Library is a free event and you don’t need to book. All ages welcome. No need to book. To find out more visit:www.hackoldham.com

MacGuffin workshop for writers at Oldham library, 11am–1pm
Staff from MacGuffin will be leading this free workshop to help you get your work online. Are you a writer, poet or spoken word performer who wants your work to reach a wider audience? Why not try out MacGuffin, a self-publishing platform (website and app) which allows you to upload text and audio of your written work. You’ll learn how to record and upload your writing, see what cities and countries are enjoying your work and how to use it as an editing tool with a MacGuffin Digital Editor. MacGuffin is free to use, and all you will need to record your audio is a smartphone. For more info visit: macguffin.io. Book nowhttp://bit.ly/2njvYLR

Digi drop in at Oldham Llibrary, 10am–12pm
The digi drop in is a chance to get help with your IT questions, bring in your device for advice and tips or start a basic IT course. No need to book. 

Learn how to repair your own at Oldham library, 11am–1pm and 2–4pm
Got a broken device you’d like to bring back to life? Find out more at this session by Allied Worldwide. No need to book.

Retro gaming evening at Oldham library, 5–8pm
Flashback Games will be bringing some of your favourite consoles from the 80s and 90s to the library. Drop in and have a go. No need to book. 

Learn my way launch, Oldham library, 10am–3pm
Oldham Libraries are working with the Good Things Foundation to bring a new and improved digital offer for beginners. Find out more at our Learn My Way stall. No need to book. 

UCO stall, Oldham library, 10am–2pm
Visit University Campus Oldham’s stall to get more information about courses that could lead to digital careers. No need to book.

Business resources demonstration, Oldham library, 10am–3pm
Drop in to our interactive touch table to try out the free business resources available from Oldham Libraries. No need to book.

Coding for parents, Oldham Library, 1–2pm
Confused by Raspberry Pi’s or baffled by Micro:bits? Hack Oldham will be helping parents get to grips with the tools and coding apps that children are using in school and showing the best sites to get started with coding at home. Booking essential. Book nowhttp://bit.ly/2mnHHnr

Animation creation, Oldham library, 10–11am and 2–3pm
Grab your favourite toy or LEGO minifig and use stop motion animation techniques to bring your characters to life. Or have a go at sculpting a clay figure to star in your own stop motion film. This workshop is for ages 8+. Booking essential. Book for 10am sessionhttp://bit.ly/2noNXNBBook for 2pm sessionhttp://bit.ly/2mVC0RS

Tilt brush, Oldham Library, 10am–3pm
Paint in 3D space with the virtual reality Tilt Brush. Pop on the VR headset and create immersive life-sized art. Your painting will be projected onto a screen so others can watch as you draw with impossible materials such as fire, snow and stars! No need to book.

Illuminating crafts, 10am–3pm
Experiment with E-Textiles at this hands-on learning session. Design and make bookmarks that light up with LEDs and stitched circuits. No need to book.


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