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Registration closes on the 3rd August.

Nerve Belfast are hosting an AniJam as part of @anijamuk!
This summer, animators across the UK are invited to take part in the first ever nationwide 48-hour animation challenge. With regional heats in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a public vote and exclusive prizes up for grabs, AniJam UK aims to inspire and showcase new work from emerging and established talent.

The regional heat for Northern Ireland will take place on Friday 10th – Sunday 12th August. For the competition you will need to have your own equipment/resources/software and facilities in order to complete your animation at home.

Animators aged 18+ can compete for free in teams of 2 to 5 people, creating an original film based on a secret theme. The short films can be in any style of animation and from 15 to 90 seconds in length. Up to three films will be selected from each regional heat to form a shortlist eligible for final awards.

The shortlist will be screened at a range of venues including Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in September, and Manchester Animation Festival in November, and the competition will be opened up to public vote online at

As well as the Public Choice Award, there will be a Grand Prix selected by a panel of industry experts, including representatives from key UK film and animation festivals, studios and organisations such as BAFTA Cymru and the BFI. Prizes include bespoke trophies created by Animation Toolkit, delegate tickets to key UK festivals, and distribution by ShortsTV – ‘the global home of short movies’.

Animators who would like to take part in the AniJam UK challenge should visit for details of venues and the wider programme, and to register a team.

A briefing will be held at Nerve Belfast Ulidia Resource Centre Belfast on Friday 10th August at 11.30. You will be given the secret theme and will then have 48 hours to create an animation, (if you are unable to attend the briefing please make arrangements to Skype/ video call into the meeting)


Digital Fabrication & Future Making for Textiles

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‘Digital Fabrication & Future Making for Textiles’ summer workshop will be taking place in AmmA 10th – 12th August 2016.  These workshops will give participants the opportunity to experiment with a variety of digital fabrication processes and future making techniques.  The workshops will give an understanding of how we can use these alongside traditional making skills.  Participants will have the opportunity to customise/repurpose/modify a wearable piece.

The workshops are suitable for anyone interested in creativity and innovation who wants to get hands-on and learn new skills.  Registration is open to anyone 15+ /adults and no prior experience is required.

For further information, and to register, please follow this link – or visit the website

If you require any further information please contact Katie Brown in AmmA on 028 3751 2920.


BBC Ten Pieces – Getting creative with classical music

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Ten Pieces II is a nationwide project which aims to open up the world of classical music to 11-14 year olds.  Ten classical pieces have been selected to act as a starting point to provide inspiration to develop their own creative skills by using the music.  You don’t have to be musical to get involved we are looking for creativity from a range of different art forms and inviting responses in any of the following:

– Dance / Movement

– Digital Art or Animation

– Performance Poetry

– Composition

To be in with the opportunity of having your own creative piece showcased on the BBC Ten Pieces website you just need to upload a film, audio recording or stills which illustrates your original work(content must be uploaded by an adult, please see website for full guidelines).  But that’s not all, submissions received before the 24th March 2016 will be in with a chance of being invited to take part in the BBC Ten Pieces Proms on the 23rd and 24th of July 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall in London!  We will even help cover the costs of travel and accommodation to the event.

To find out more about the project as a whole please click here.


Hour of Code

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Join students all over the world for an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13. We’re aiming to reach 100, 000 Hour of Code events worldwide, introducing millions of new learners to computer science!

What is the Hour of Code? A one-hour activity. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, for kindergarten up. A spark to keep learning computer science. Once students see what they create right before their eyes, they’re empowered to keep going. A global movement with more than 100 million learners in 196 countries. Anyone, anywhere can organise an Hour of Code event. Tutorials are available in 40 languages.

Find out more info on the Schools Handout PDF

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FREE ONLINE COURSE: Teaching Literacy Through Film

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Why use film to teach literacy? This free online course, led by film education experts from the British Film Institute (BFI) and film education charity Into Film, will examine the debate surrounding film as a vehicle for teaching literacy, alongside recent evidence demonstrating significant improvements in children’s reading and writing through use of film texts.

We’ll discover how film can be used to develop a range of abilities – decoding, inference and analysis – as well as expanding creativity and improving vocabulary.

>> Join now – Start 25th January 2016


AmmA Summer Music Workshops 2015

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    • Workshops run from 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. [unless otherwise stated] 
    • Workshops cost £5 per day.
    • Apply using the links below.
    • Applications should be submitted online by Friday 19th June 2015.
    • For any enquiries please contact Roberta Morton at AmmA on [028] 3751 2920.



The Collective 

A programme that will bring together a group of 5 young people (age 14 -18).  This group will be selected from a group of applicants who can showcase their experience in original composition and performance.  The group will be given a week in the AmmA Centre’s Recording Studio assisted by the Sound Engineer.  The aim of the collective is to write, record and release original material online and market it through social media, facebook, soundcloud, regular blogs etc.

** Please note this workshop is from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Dates:  Monday 6th – Friday 10th July [5-day workshop]

Number of Places:  5     Age:  14 – 18




DJ / VJ 

This is a 2-day workshop designed to cover a wide range of computer generated music.  From using iPads and other external controllers to creating soundscapes and also to control and manipulate audio and video software live in a performance setting.

Dates:  Thursday 30th – Friday 31st July [2-day workshop]

Number of Places:  6     Age:  13 – 17




Vocal Workshop 

Working with a professional recording artist, the participants will have time to develop their own vocal talent and learn some of the tricks of the trade.  Working in a recording studio environment with others, the group will produce a professional recording.

Dates:  Tuesday 4th August [1-day workshop]

Number of Places:  6     Age:  13 – 17





Guitar Workshop

Working alongside a professional touring guitarist, the participants will be taught various styles of playing and techniques.  Experience of the guitar is required.  The participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and record their composition in the AmmA recording studio.

Dates:  Wednesday 5th August [1-day workshop]

Number of Places:  6     Age:  13 – 17




Rhythm Collision 

In this 2-day workshop participants will work with a professional drummer, exploring rhythms and styles using not just professional equipment but using everyday objects to create rhythms and textures.  This workshop will give students the opportunity to record their performances in the AmmA recording studio.

Dates:  Thursday 6th – Friday 7th August [2-day workshop]

Number of Places:  6     Age:  13 – 17




Beginner 2 Band [B2B] 

Are you a budding musician who would like the opportunity to write and record with others?  Then B2B needs you!!  No matter what styles or instrument you play this 3-day workshop will give you the chance to write and record original material with fellow musicians and professionals from the Music industry.Dates:  Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th August [3-day workshop]

Number of Places:  12     Age:  13 – 17








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