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Extending Creative Practice

The Extending Creative Practice (ECP) is a European project which is motivated by a desire to make ICT accessible to marginalised communities, particularly elderly people and isolated people from rural communities.

A showcase conference was held at Hotel Piramedia, Maribor on Friday 1st June 2012 .

The conference was  hosted by the Mitra. Trainers and trainees from partner organisation showcased their own Digital Stories. Attendees had a chance to see stories and meet trainers and storytellers. Professor Caroline Knowles from Goldsmiths gave a keynote address setting the context for Digital Storytelling.  Polly Rodgers from Digitales chronicled her own experiences as a new trainer and Alison Rooke from CUCR presented the project evaluation. Mark Dunford from Digitales chaired a final reflective session exploring themes identified during the conference. The conference closed with MultiKulti Reception Evening in the Hotel with Iranian music and food.

The conference was part of a wider programme  taking place in Maribor, Slovenia, which is the European Capital of Culture for 2012 which is also the European Year of Active Aging and Intergenerational Solidarity in 2012.

Trainee digital storyteller, Polly Rodgers, showcased her personal story at the conference. This has since gone on to achieve far wider recognition and was Highly Commended in the Ecorys and British Council “Your Story” Competition.   Congratulations to Polly.

A fuller account of the conference is provided in the following PDF edition of Streetsigns by Claire Levy, a Digital Storytelling trainer working with Digitales.

Claire Levy Street Signs Conference 22.06.2012