Students from ACC, a creative college, performing at virtual festival

Creative education goes virtual to keep industry and students engaged

AMBITIOUS client Access Creative College (ACC) has launched the ACC Virtual Festival to keep its students learning and to showcase some of their best work to leaders in the creative industries.

Streaming on Twitch, current students and alumni are featured in the line-up alongside a host of luminaries from the UK’s creative industries. ACC is also offering anyone within the creative space the opportunity to get involved with performing or hosting sessions in the coming weeks.

The packed line-up includes everything from live music to workshops and Q&As. This week alone, there are sessions on games art, music production and photography.

You can see the full schedule of events here.

As businesses across the UK continue to be hit hard by the pandemic, especially in music and events, ACC is using the virtual festival as an opportunity to inspire and promote greater collaboration between its students and those already working in their chosen fields.

Phoebe Maxwell, Access Creative College Virtual Festival Organiser, commented, “ACC prides itself on its industry connections and ability to provide its learners with a series of work placement opportunities. Festivals and live events are a big part of that, most of which have now been cancelled or put on hold indefinitely, so ACC decided to do its own completely online. We obviously get the importance of social distancing, but this doesn’t mean we can’t bring everyone together through the power of streaming. The aim is to create something exciting, fun and inspiring in this difficult and uncertain time.’

“With no confirmed end date for the lockdown, we’re planning to run the festival for as long as we can and give as many people as possible the opportunity to share some of their knowledge and passion, so if you’d like to be involved, get in touch! This could include a live performance or a workshop where you can share your screen with listeners and talk them through some top tips for mastering a certain craft, or it could be a live Q&A about your industry and what you do. Sessions can also be as long or as short as you like.”

Anyone with a creative skill who would like the opportunity to perform or host a session as part of the festival, can contact Phoebe here: phoebe.maxewell@accesscreative.ac.uk

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