July 30, 2018
Enjoy a short movie on Summer Camp 2017
ABU DHABI: Forty young children on Sunday completed their first step on the road to becoming the Emirate’s media leaders of the future after another successful twofour54 Summer Camp drew to a close.
The two-week bilingual programme, which was sold out within 24 hours of registration opening, is the chance for children aged 9 to 12 to experience the excitement of being a part of Abu Dhabi’s thriving media sector. The camp is proving so popular that twofour54 is also considering holding a winter camp for the first time.
Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority and twofour54, said: “Our Summer Camp has become one of our most rewarding initiatives and this year’s edition was no exception, with our collaborative community coming together to create an inspiring, educational, and enjoyable programme for our young attendees.
“It’s been a pleasure to see these children embrace media and to witness their creativity. We will all watch with great interest as they develop over the years and perhaps one day return to twofour54 to share their skills and experience in media with future generations.”
The third edition of the annual programme included sessions from leading media firms, youth organisations and partners in Abu Dhabi such as CNN, Bidaya, Toaster Productions, Korean Cultural Center, KidzUnplugged, Ultimate Women’s Fitness Club, Algorythma, Majid TV, National Media Council, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, Special Olympics Abu Dhabi, Preservation of Grace project and Dopamine Establishment.
During the first week the children learned about the Special Olympic World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 from the team behind the event. A fun-filled workshop saw children engage in a lively discussion around the three key attributes of an athlete: perseverance, team work, and breaking barriers.
They also visited twofour54’s studios at Mussafah, where they learned about all aspects of production – pre, during and post. This included a tour that took in the broadcast room, green screen facilities, sets, and lighting and filming equipment. The day culminated with the children using stop motion to create their own short films.
In another session, the team behind the popular children’s show, ‘Iftah Ya Simsim’, Bidaya, taught the attendees about puppetry and how puppets are brought to life.
The interactive session also saw children get the chance to appear on camera with their favourite characters. Dr Cairo Arafat, Managing Director of Bidaya, said: “We are grateful to twofour54 for giving us the chance to share our experience and skills with these children. It was an extremely rewarding session and filled us with pride as we saw the excitement in their eyes as they found out how the magic of television is made. We hope to see them one day creating their own content to inspire others.”