Current projects in development for NW 2012 programme

AND VANCOUVER: The Northwest is going to the 2010 Winter Games through an international exchange between W2, AND, FACT and Dada. Focussed around the body and economy theme, there will be a series of four AND salons and programme of film and new media works linked to each of the salons and the overall body and economy theme. This first phase brings UK/NW artists and organisations to Canada, making a clear link between the winter and summer editions of the Olympics. Looking forwards, the aspiration is ongoing exchange around the body and economy theme and co-production of debates and collaborations for presentation in the Northwest as part of its 2012 cultural programme.

WE PLAY 2012 Challenge – a mass participation project inviting young people to take up their own personal creative challenge for the olympics and/or take part in a specially crafted WE PLAY decatholon, made up of the events and activities being run by the Abandon Normal Devices, Lakes Alive and New Cultural Journeys legacy programmes. This project is currently at research stage, with a feasibility and operations study being undertaken across this Spring supported by NHS, Preston Guild and WE PLAY in partnership with the Beinspired (NWDA) and British Olympic Foundation. The aim is to launch this scheme for the London 2012 Open Weekend in 2010.

Woven  Cultures Showcase: Working with the GONW we launched a commissioning scheme for high quality arts projects from any discipline and any part of the region addressing issues of equality and diversity. The successful projects were: Brouhaha for a 2010 carnival around the theme of Reincarnation – remixing the Race of the Nation (Liverpool); Queer up North International Festival’s  Blast 2010, a ground breaking transgender project and programme of diverse activities in Manchester linking local communities with world class artists;  Action Factory Community ArtsSomething Beautiful‘ programme of participatory art workshops and artist interventions which will faciliate the exploration of beauty in everyday life an result in a town centre installation and creative trail in Blackburn; Barracudas spectacular carnival performance for the Lakes Alive major event in Carlisle. Cumbria, Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall involving participants from economically disadvantaged areas of Barrow and Community Arts Northwest’s NXT X-Pression, a cross-art form creative and personal development programme, which will work with a core group of 12 young people (aged 15 to 25) from Greater Manchester’s refugee, asylum seeker and local host communities. These five commisisons are in development across this Spring and will be presented across February – November 2010. The next stage of the project involves the creation of a showcase bringing strands and elements of all five projects together for a one day event as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend.

Youth 2012 Expo: a youth led cultural celebration for 2012 is well underway in its research and development to create a major programme of work for the Northwest over games time. This project is being led by Youth Music and run by a Legacy Producers group of young people from across the region in association with Preston Guild and New Cultural Journeys. Videos of the research so far are posted on this site.

Still on the draft board are creative ideas for proposals for an Oceania Welcome programme, 2012 After Party and Future Of Play Commissioning scheme for innovative live sites projects blending the physical and digital through telematics.

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~ by Debbi Lander on January 4, 2010.

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