A number of Rotherham College students helped to produce the ‘House of Future Creatives’ event at Wentworth Woodhouse, alongside University Centre Rotherham students, as part of the 2025 Rotherham Children’s Capital of Culture celebrations.
In 2025, Rotherham will become the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture, hosting a 365-day-long extraordinary festival packed with music, creativity, drama, exhibitions and more.
This will all be created by young people, gaining life-changing skills and knowledge as they plan and deliver large-scale events.
Students were part of the technical team at Wentworth Woodhouse, where they have been enrolled in a six-month programme to prepare for the event alongside their studies.
Students have met with industry professionals, seen set constructions and even observed the filming of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’.
There were a host of activities to get involved with, including a live film set, a digital art zone, and the screening of ‘’Four of a Kind’’, an immersive film created by University Centre Rotherham students.
It was a great opportunity to mix with other creative individuals, with students even featuring on Look North BBC News. Anya Pennington, Level 3 Media student, stated that it was a fun way to gain invaluable experience.
She said: ‘’Being able to help out with all different areas of the event through being a creative producer has been fantastic.
‘’I have really enjoyed working with University Centre Rotherham students and they inspire me to continue my education at degree level.
‘’The event displays the next generation of creative people and encourages them to be who they want to be.’’
Students who will be enrolled into the programme next year were also present at the event. Holly Smith, Level 3 Media student, stated it was really exciting to see what she will become a part of.
She said: ‘’I am looking forward to directing and getting creative with my own event, as this is what I want to do within my future career.
‘’I want to make my own films as I like writing creative stories and seeing what this year’s producers have done is really inspiring.
‘’College is giving me an amazing opportunity to gain experience in an area I love.’’