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Menna Richards, BBC Wales controller
"We are working in partnership to offer communities in Wales the skills to use the new technology for themselves"
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Monday, 2 April, 2001, 19:31 GMT 20:31 UK
'Platfform' for digital era

BBC Wales is hosting a ground-breaking multi-media and interactive event, Platfform '01, to explore how the digital world will affect arts and culture.

Platfform '01 is being held at Broadcasting House in Cardiff, on Monday, as the digital revolution changes the face of broadcasting worldwide.

Film director Peter Greenaway
Contributors include film director Peter Greenaway

Around 250 educationalists, business people, students, performance artists and creative talent have been brought together to help describe how the traditional ways of communication in such fields as poetry, painting, dance, film and theatre are changing.

The event features international artists, musicians and broadcasters in lectures, live internet links, chatrooms and virtual and live performances - including one by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a landmark "digital performance" linking musicians across the nation.

Contributors include the innovative film director Peter Greenaway (The Cook, The Thief, The Wife and Her Lover and The Draughtsman's Contract), Canadian playwright, actor and director Robert Lepage, Sara Diamond from the digital arts centre in Banff, Canada, the award-winning digital artist Simon Pope, choreographer Ghislaine Boddington, and film maker and broadcaster Ceri Sherlock.

'Digital revolution'

The event also creates a "digital playground" of all the latest equipment, from digital cameras to computer equipment, interactive exhibitions and specialist talks.

' "The digital revolution is changing the way we think, work and communicate," said Paul Islwyn Thomas, Head of Arts at BBC Wales.

"However, what of our arts and culture? This event will highlight the new media's artistic possibilities, enabling us to prepare for a new set of digital aesthetics.

"Platfform '01 will be at the cutting edge of new media thinking which will be crucial to the cultural and economic re-generation of Wales in the future."

A hands-on experience, stimulating thoughts and ideas, the initiative is aimed at three main groups; 16-25 year-olds of the "digital generation", arts practitioners and the broadcast sector.

"Platfform '01 will be dynamic, innovative and inspirational, a major event exploring the new media technology and its future role in broadcasting, performance and the arts," Mr Islwyn added.

"Creative thinking will be challenged and the day will aim to stimulate the artist, broadcaster, business, school and college across Wales."

The day will open with an introduction by Menna Richards, Controller of BBC Wales, explaining the role of the BBC in the digital age, a talk by Ceri Sherlock on the arts in the digital age and a Peter Greenaway video projection, It's The Old Shock Of The New.

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