Festival of Creative Learning (Part 1)
We’re hosting an online Festival of Creative Learning on our themed pages – a two-part celebration of the many ways in which creativity can help us all learn new things about ourselves and the world around us. We got the idea for this theme from the University of Edinburgh – and you can find out more about their wonderful year-long Festival of Creative Learning at the link here.
First up is a wonderful creative project we stumbled upon online. Sounds of the Forest is building a digital, open-sourced sound map of woodland and forests all over the globe, which we can all can listen and respond to. Anyone can upload a recording of the sounds in their local forest, with current recordings ranging from birds singing in the Lickey Hills to lemurs calling in Madagascar. Find out more at the link here.
The last census found over 80 languages being spoken in Bromsgrove – and over 100 in Redditch. Learning a new language is a wonderfully creative process, giving you access to a whole new way of seeing the world and learn from all the unique voices which exist in that tongue. Duolingo’s online language learning platform can be a very useful way of getting started, whether you want to learn French or Hungarian, Italian or Klingon.
Alongside this rich variety of spoken language, our area has a vibrant linguistic history – from the Middle English of Piers Plowman, a great medieval poem which starts just a short journey south of us in the Malvern Hills, all the way back to Old English and the Celtic tongues which came before. Old English Online is a great resource, showing how creatively people in Bromsgrove and what is now Redditch expressed themselves over a thousand years ago.
Finally, if you’re interested in the history of the West Midlands, Birmingham Heritage Week 2020 ran recently, with a fantastic range of virtual events and in person visits. Find out more about Heritage Week at the web link here.