Coldharbour is a VR experience that tells the hidden story of Coldharbour Ward in Brixton, promoting the community and celebrating the people that have shaped Brixton's strong and symbolic cultural fabric over several decades. We believe that the experiences of people in Brixton can teach the world a great deal about the value of community, equality and grassroots activism. After our sell-out exhibition in Brixton Library earlier this year, we now want to share this VR experience with schools in Lambeth and international film festivals.
By taking Coldharbour to schools, we hope to enlighten local young people on the important heritage of Brixton and to encourage them to take an active role in their communities. We also hope to inspire young people who are more familiar with modern media and VR to develop more immersive and impacting ways of exploring history.
It will cost us £1000 to take our team to one school for a full day. During that day, we will be able to deliver VR production workshops that teach young people how to explore heritage and culture using VR technology. We will also run screenings of the Coldharbour film and discuss how the community production team that developed Coldharbour worked to uncover lesser-known parts of Brixton's history.
This money will pay for three team members, camera and sound equipment, VR headsets and software that we need to enable young people to learn the practical skills involved in developing their own heritage projects using VR technology.
Additional funds raised will go towards submission fees for entering Coldharbour into international film festivals. Taking Coldharbour to film festivals in this capacity will enable us to:
1. Promote the value of Brixton's community around the world and highlight the important contribution that Brixton residents have made to numerous fights for equality and the production of world-renowned art and music.
2. Give the local people involved in the production of Coldharbour an opportunity to be recognised for their achievements and to positively impact the mainstream TV and cinema industries by highlighting typically underrepresented voices and stories