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Multi 2018 - Part 1

Hey!

A short update to my last post about Multi

The first week came to a close with a big event at a sportsground in Oberhause Holten. 

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The visiting kids were all there, and their guest-families invited too! Bouncy castle, bucking bronco, football tournament and lots of food - no more really needs to be said!

I also had the opportunity to get the drone out again for a bit of aerial work! There'll be more coming in the next post too ;)

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Week two has been a little less hectic than the first, with the program not being quite as packed as in the first week. 

As we head into the final big event, and the departure of all the visiting kids back home, it's time to start reflecting on what a great and interesting two weeks it's been. Keep an eye out for the next post!

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Multi 2018 - Week one

Hello!

For the next couple of weeks i'm out and about, working for the City of Oberhausen, covering their annual student exchange program 'Multi'.

Multi is a program where children between 11 and 18 years old, from 16 different countries, visit Oberhausen to take part in a cultural exchange program, learning from each other and forming new friendships. 

I will never EVER again complain about having to organise a group photo at a wedding or something! The kids and team of Multi 2018.

I will never EVER again complain about having to organise a group photo at a wedding or something! The kids and team of Multi 2018.

My journey with Multi started a couple of months ago when i was asked if i would like to document the event. I jumped at the chance to be involved, and at that time was unaware of the scale of the program, and the work behind the scenes that make it happen.

speaking of behind the scenes... i spotted myself on YouTube

speaking of behind the scenes... i spotted myself on YouTube

The children are brought into guest families during their time in Oberhausen, and are kept busy everyday with a well thought out, comprehensive program of activities. These include sports, arts,  learning about environmental issues, and much more! 

The opening day of the event, and the welcoming party took place at Ebertbad in Oberhausen. If you follow my activities, you'll know that i'm no stranger to this venue!

Ebertbad: The calm before the storm

Ebertbad: The calm before the storm

I'm not sure i've ever seen the place so full! 

Including the visiting children, and the army of volunteers behind the scenes, we were nearly 400 people strong!

I was really impressed by how well organised this initial event was. Guest speakers, VIPs, two mealtimes, disco, drinks etc etc, all ran like clockwork! A brilliant example of organisation, and set the bar of what has followed.

Deputy mayor of Oberhausen, Apostolos Tsalastras, opens the event

Deputy mayor of Oberhausen, Apostolos Tsalastras, opens the event

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During this week, the kids have been out and about learning about the city. This was followed by a day of starting projects around the city - these included team building activities, music, sport and a bunch more stuff which will be demonstrated during an event at the cities football stadium on the final day next Friday.

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Thursday was surprise day. The kids, parents, and even most of the team wasn't aware of the plan!

During the day, the group visited an exhibition at the Gasometer in Oberhausen and in the evening a fleet of busses ferried everyone, including guests, to Bochum for a performance of the hit musical Starlight Express!

Starlight Express Theater, Bochum

Starlight Express Theater, Bochum

The week has come to a close with a day of activities related to climate change, sustainable living, poverty and other issues being support by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Multi team member Miriam

Multi team member Miriam

The coming weekend, and the half-way point of the program. A visit to watch local football is on the agenda, followed by a day of sporting activities on Sunday. 

Check out the blog next week for an update!

Hot News!

Hey guys!

It's been a while i know, i've been a busy boy! 

Just needed to fire a quick update to you all to let you know that I've been given the honour of being selecting to join the official photography team for the Ruhrtriennale arts festival from 2018-2020! 

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It's a big thing! And i'd like to send a special thank you to those who have supported me and helped me get to where i am! You know who you are!

x

Ant

 

New Video: Kalbe (Milde)

Hey,

Last weekend my travels took my east to Kalbe in Saxon Anhalt. This place felt like the end of the earth - no people, no cafes, no takeaways. 

Three supermarkets serving the apparent 8000 people that live in this sleepy village!

Anyways, i had time on my hand, so it was time to finally let me Osmo and Spark join forces to make a short video.

Travel light i always say. Travel light i never do.

Travel light i always say. Travel light i never do.

 

This also represents the first time i have colour-graded footage, and used Premiere Pro - it's a touch different to using iMovie ;)

Sunset selfie

Sunset selfie

So, the results of my first foray in to Premiere Pro.....

Thanks for reading! Coming soon, more behind the scenes action from the Theater Oberhausen programme shoot!

Until then...:)