|The launch event for our Digital Folk project is on 1 April 2015 at the University of Westminster in central London (11.00am to 4.00pm). To register for this free event, please go to: http://digitalfolklaunch.eventbrite.co.uk|
Wednesday 1st April sees the launch event for Digital Folk – our two-year research project that examines the ways in which folk arts practitioners and participants use digital networks and resources.
Are you a folk artist (such as a musician, dancer, or crafter) based in England, using digital networks, tools and resources? Are you curious about the potential impacts that digital technology is having on folk traditions?
Or perhaps you make and share creative things digitally and are interested in how this forms a new kind of folk culture – a culture made by everyday people?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then we’d like to meet and hear from you: come along to this free event, and find out more about the research we’re doing, and how you can take part.
As well as an introduction to the project, you will have the opportunity to hear from various professionals from the – now frequently converging – worlds of folk arts and digital media/technology.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in an innovative workshop, to help us better understand how and why digital technology is changing the way people participate in folk arts, and to share in a discussion about the possibilities for the future.
Speakers will include:
→ Laura Smyth (Library Director, English Folk Dance and Song Society)
→ Sam Lee (Mercury Music Award nominee, & Director of the Song Collectors Collective)
→ Janet Topp Fargion (Lead Curator of World and Traditional Music at the British Library)
→ Chris Walshaw (University of Greenwich, and the creator of abc notation)
The launch is at the University of Westminster’s building at 309 Regent Street, in central London, two minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube. The day of talks, workshops and discussion runs from 11.00 to 4.00pm.
The event is free, and includes free refreshments and lunch.
Places are limited – please sign up at: http://digitalfolklaunch.eventbrite.co.uk
The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the University of Westminster.
See also: further information about the project.