Zion centre hosts open day

By Will Astbury

MANCHESTER’S Zion Arts Centre is hosting a free community open day on Sunday 7 February 2010.

Staff and participants from the centre are putting on a range of free taster workshops including MCing, street dance and music classes.

There will be free refreshments to be had and drama, dance, comedy, music and arts acts to enjoy.

A statement from Zion said: “Come get to know us and what we do more! We want you to get involved and we want to hear your views on the centre and what you want to see done here!

“We want to meet our neighbours and members of the local community so we that we can make Hulme’s creative quarter a place for you!”

Festivities kick off at noon and finish at 4pm so get down the centre, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA, early and do something productive with your Sunday afternoon.

For more details of all the activities that are going on at Zion visit www.zionarts.com.

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Free media training for Manc refugees

By Will Astbury

NO CHARGE: CAN will pay for your travel expenses if you are out of work

A MANCHESTER charity is offering refugees and asylum seekers a chance to take part in free digital media training courses.

Community Arts North West (CAN), an arts development organisation that works to encourage communities, agencies and artists to develop, create, produce and promote cultural programmes of work, has organised nine courses for those who are interested in learning more about digital media.

Exodus Digital Media Training 2010 will be running the courses which instruct on a variety of aspects of digital media including the internet, film making, music mixing, photography, graphics, social networking, blogs, and much much more.

A CAN statement said: “Digital and internet media are getting bigger – don’t get left behind, express yourself, represent your group, activity or community, report your news, show your creativity and have a voice!

“Simple media tools can be used to great effect. No longer do you need a lot of money and equipment to create your own work but you do need to know HOW. These sessions will get you started, improve on whatever you may do already and also include some advanced tricks for those who already have some skills.

“These courses are all FREE, don’t miss this rare opportunity!”

As well as offering these courses, CAN are also willing to pay for travel expenses for anyone who wishes to attend and is unemployed. They will even provide refreshments too.

Here is a list of the courses you may wish to enrol on.

1. Monday 15 February from 10am to 4pm. A Practical Introduction to Creating Your Own Internet Sites: Create a free blog. Even use it as a website. Use social networking tools such as Facebook. Understand how to use YouTube, podcasts and websites.

2. Tuesday 16 Febraury from 10am to 4pm. Musician’s guide to basic home audio-recording/mixing and using net media for promotion: Today, more and more musicians can record good demos, get them online and even sell music – its time you joined in.

3. Thurs 18 February from 10am to 3:30pm. Recording and mixing sound for stories, radio, podcasts, theatre: Good sound is essential for so many media and performance projects, radio is booming, more and more writers are recording their work as audio. This event will be hosted at Radio Regen, 12 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 1JF, and will include a free lunch.

4. Wednesday 24 February from 11am to 2:30pm. Simple and basic methods for creating great photographs and logos: Good photos and a well designed logo can make a websites or any online pages really standout. Learn how to take good photos and design strong logos using some simple techniques. The key things that make websites or any online pages and mailings stand out are photos taken with good lighting and composition, and a strong logo – find out how.

5. Tuesday 2 March from 10am to 4pm. Simple and basic methods for creating great video: Many people now have some basic equipment or gadget to make their own video recordings. If used carefully you can produce great results. Learn how to make the most of these simple tools; especially useful for journalism, campaigning, and internet use.

6. Friday 5 March from 10am to 4pm (Previous video-making experience required). Masterclass, directing actors and local people to act for film and video:
The biggest thing that often lets down any video drama is the acting. Find out how to use improvisation (making it up as you go along) to get natural performances, develop stories, understand scripts better and then plan a film shoot.

7. Monday 8 March from 10am to 2:30pm. Campaigning using digital and net-media: The basic principles, methods and techniques needed for using the internet as a part of campaigning strategies, including websites, blogs, petitions, YouTube, Facebook, mailing. This is a WOMEN-ONLY SESSION. Free childcare and lunch will provided.

8. Thursday 11 March from 10:30am to 1:15pm. Promotion, dissemination, distribution: Promoting, distributing, marketing and getting your work out there through the internet – whether it is writing, art, photography, film, journalism, music, dance or acting. How can the internet help you reach more people? An essential session for all creative people.

9. Thursday 11 March from 1:30 to 3:30pm Networking Social & Project Development drop-in: You now have some skills. You may also be starting some work, or just have some ideas and need some support. Come along and meet people, get one-to-one advice, gain contacts and see how CAN’s Media Lab and other projects might support you or get you involved. This event includes a free lunch.

LEARN: Take this rare chance to get some skills

If you would like to book a place on any of these courses call Sabbi on 0161 234 2975 or email erin@can.uk.com

All sessions will take place at CAN’s offices at Green Fish Resource Centre on 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester City Centre, M4 1LE, except the Radio Regen event on 18 February.

For further details visit www.can.uk.com/exodusdigital.