Half Term Fun (good cause)
And now, following on from the PR grumpage of earlier this afternoon, something more positive. Public relations people are, it’d be fair to say, considerably further ahead of the new media game than Old Media, and this here is all about the first ever press release yours truly has ever been sent as a blogger (albeit a rubbish one who doesn’t update often enuff).
More than happy to reproduce this; Mark Watson is a very nice man who not only comes from Bristol but also spent a long time as an intern at local mag Venue years ago, where (obviously) I taught him everything he knows. Ahem.
What follows is press release words, not mine. But hey, good cause an’ everything so …
At 1.30pm on Tuesday 1st June a giant West Country artwork, created by hundreds of people from across the region will be unveiled by Bristol comedian Mark Watson, who launched ActionAid’s Make Your Mark campaign to find 1,000 people in the area to make their mark on poverty by sponsoring 1,000 children in Africa and around the world. The unveiling is part of a 2 day event to celebrate International Children’s Day.
The artwork will be made up of around 800 self portraits by people across the West Country. Together they will make up the face of 5 year old Enid from Uganda, who like 72 million children around the world, cannot go to school because of poverty.
From 11am-5pm on Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd June, Bristol’s College Green will come alive to the African beat as children and families are invited along by ActionAid, for a taste of life in different countries and cultures.
Highlights across the two days include live music from afro jazz band Hélélé, with percussion and singing workshops from lead singer Alphonse Daudet, story-telling and African dancing with members of Nomakanjani from Zambia, drumming workshops with Bristol’s Omer Makessa, former lead singer with Mankala, Moussa Kouate on a traditional 21 string kora harp, street dance by Easton’s internationally-acclaimed young dance troupe Hype, face painting, world food stalls, an ultra-violet, interactive den where children can discover the sounds & sights of the jungle and create glow-in-the-dark arts & crafts and a family art competition with fantastic prizes for the most creative images of Africa.
Find out more about the event at www.actionaid.org.uk/makeyourmark
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