awareNet mobile lab at Grahamstown Arts Festival

This year at the Arts Festival, The VSA partners with ASSITEJ South Africa, a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. The organisation makes a significant mark on the festival, bringing 10 high quality productions, workshops and other exciting activities to the festival.

With some shows already sold-out, families visiting the ASSITEJ Family Venue will enjoy stimulating, enriching and diverse theatre experiences from some of the most esteemed theatre-makers for young audiences, including Nicholas Ellenbogen, Jori Snell, Rob Murray, and Lynne Joffe. The venue, Oatlands Preparatory, is conveniently situated on African Street, with additional access from Luke Street, and just up Douglas Lane from the Fiddler’s Hub.

The VSA will be present at the ASSITEJ Family Venue with its mobile awareNet lab (in the coffee shop next to the show hall) to allow visitors to leave their opinions and feedback in a sociable, collaborative and child-friendly space. Show visitors will, for example, have the opportunity to blog about the show they have watched and win one of our daily prizes for the best blog. All blogs will be accumulated into a Festival Bulletin Project.

Further the VSA will be unveiling a new social creativity booster on awareNet to enhance the children’s art experience at the venue. Development of the new Scribble-App was inspired by playDUcation. Users can upload pictures and work on them in an artistic and free manner, then save the new picture and add it to the projects. To get an idea of how that will look like, please have a look at Bea Beste’s webpage.

Visitors of the family venue can access the platform from their mobile devices (free via WiFi) or provided laptops. Festival runs from Thursday 28/6/12 – 6/7/12.

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