Newport Residents Asked To Tell Tales About Their City

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The Newport Stories project encourages people to tell a story about the city in less than fifty words and a single photograph. The project, which was launched today, has been created by Ffresh – the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales – and the Newport Film School to celebrate the festival being hosted in Newport for the first time in its 10 year history.

A number of well known Newport residents – including the Leader of the City Council Matthew Evans, and authors Matt Beynon Rees and Paul Manship – have already contributed stories, which are hosted on the project’s websitenewportstories.tumblr.com.

A selection of the stories will be adapted into short films by students from the Newport Film School and will premiere on the opening night of the festival, which takes place between from February 8th – 10th at the City Campus of the University of Wales, Newport, and the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre.



“The theme of Ffresh 2012 is story telling so we wanted to create a user generated project that would encourage people from Newport to tell their favourite story about the city. It could be about a person, a place, an object, or a myth, we just want to get as many varied stories as possible” said Ffresh Festival Director James Nee.

“We’re delighted to be hosting Ffresh for the very first time and I think the Newport Stories project is a great way to involve everyone from Newport and not just the students. As a Newport boy, I wanted to create a project that would celebrate everything that is weird and wonderful about the city and show sides of Newport that people didn’t know about” added Ffresh Chair Chris Morris from the Newport Film School.

To submit your own Newport story all you need to do is tell it in fifty words or less and a single photograph and email them to james@ffresh.com.


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