Today was the first day of the BBC’s Blast! festival at the National Theatre (in Theatre Square, just outside the main building.) This offers nine days of events for young people (aged between 13 and 19); you can learn how to create your own garage band, how to record music, and make podcasts, how to DJ and how to VJ, how to street dance, how to be a TV producer or a radio producer, how to make animation, revamp an old hat (!?!) or practice the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. I had a guided tour today around the marquee and the studios, and it’s seriously impressive. (Oh, and did I mention the trapeze workshop…?)
This year for the first time Blast! is offering a workshop on science fiction, which I’ll be running, from 2.30 – 4.30 on Sunday 16th September. I’m be talking about extrapolation and speculation in science fiction, then I’ll be asking the tuned-in teens to offer their own extrapolations about what will happen to technology and society in the future. Since theirs is a generation which has grown up taking for granted such technological miracles as the mobile phone, wi fi and the internet, this could be a truly fascinating discussion.
I hope to feature some of the most amazing ideas in another blog in about ten days time.
The session on the 16th coincides with the Thames Festival, with fireworks and boat races and much merriment on the Thames, so for those of you who are in London that day, it’s well worth strolling along to the South Bank.
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