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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Salford

This week, BAFTA teamed up with Place2Be to bring the BAFTA Roadshow to two primary schools in Salford.

Alishea Campbell-Drummond and Ben Shires with Children at Lewis Street Primary and Place School Project Manager, Louisa Hodgson

TV presenters Ben Shires (Dig Detectives, Officially Amazing) and Alishea Campbell-Drummond (The Next Step) hosted special assemblies and a presenting masterclass at Lewis Street and Christ Church CE Primary Schools.

The Roadshow exists to teach important life skills through film, games, and television. The activities on offer provide access to talent to raise awareness and provide positive, inspiring role models within the industry, while aiming to champion pupils’ creativity and boost confidence.

Alishea Campbell-Drummond and Ben Shires with Place2Be Counsellor

During the visits, children were able to sit in a special Assembly that looked behind the scenes of film, games and TV. The children were also able to take part in a BAFTA Young Games Designer workshop with BAFTA Award winning studio, Tt Games, as well as a presenting masterclass, which aimed to boost students’ confidence and creativity. 

It’s fantastic to be kicking off this year’s BAFTA Roadshows with Place2Be in Salford. The Children at Lewis Street and Christ Church CE Primary Schools gave us the warmest welcome and were all super keen to learn about the creative world of film, games and TV. Ben Shires, presenter of Sky Kids’ Dig Detectives
Salford is a place I’m very familiar with as it’s where I work, so being able to bring the BAFTA Roadshow to two schools was brilliant. It was great to introduce the kids to the entertainment industry and show them the different possibilities and career paths in the arts. I loved seeing them build confidence and having lots of fun! Alishea Campbell-Drummond, CBBC presenter and actress in The Next Step

BAFTA has been partnering with Place2Be since 2016 as part of its core charitable work to nurture and inspire the next generation of creative talent. In 2021, our partnership won the Action for Children’s Arts (ACA) Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts Award.

Alishea Campbell-Drummond and Ben Shires with Tt games

In 2023, the Roadshow will continue to visit Place2Be partner schools across England, Scotland and Wales.

The children really enjoyed the sessions and Ben and Alishea gave them some good tips for presenting. It was lovely to see one of our children 'starstruck' when she realised who Alishea was! A momentous day for her indeed. The skills the children developed in the roundtable and gaming workshops were excellent - an enjoyable day for all involved. Jane Bailey, Headteacher at Christ Church CE Primary School
It was a pleasure to welcome the BAFTA Roadshow to Lewis Street. The children were thrilled to take part in the workshops and to meet Ben and Alishea. It was great to see the children engaging so enthusiastically in new and challenging experiences and to introduce them to opportunities which are available to them now and in the future - we have some budding game designers and future presenters in our midst! Thank you BAFTA and Place2Be for sharing this with us! Claire Kinch, Headteacher at Lewis Street Primary School
Inspiring the next generation of budding creatives, designers and content creators is central to BAFTA’s purpose, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Place2Be on our new national roadshow, bringing talent to regions across the UK to showcase the power of our brilliant screen industries. Nurturing children’s creativity is crucial for mental wellbeing and also offers a huge variety of transferable skills and we believe it has a vital place in the school curriculum. This wonderful initiative champions a more inclusive screen industry by providing aspiration from an early age and highlighting the variety of career opportunities available. Lisa Prime, Head of Children & Young People’s Programmes at BAFTA

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