NEW WEB SITE! (AND A 2017 REVIEW)

Obviously the first mention on any web site needs to be the "we've got a new web site" post. So here it is. Let's not labour over it too much, but all the same we are rather pleased and we hope you find lots of interesting stuff to read and see. Oh, and Merry Christmas..... Which means it is the end of the year, and that means only one thing.

REVIEW OF THE YEAR!

2017 marked the 20th anniversary of MBD and what a year it has been!

It’s been an incredible 12 months for the team with good news galore.  The team has doubled in size from 3 members to 6 with the additions of Charlotte, Andy and Ant.  This has boosted the creative team with the addition of in-house animation and VR skills and made for a much noisier office.

It’s been super busy with a wide variety of projects.  Particular highlights have been a fascinating oral archiving project with Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral, a large outdoor spectacle celebrating Stamford’s historic bull run, and a breathtaking performance of the Ramayana at Leicester’s Diwali celebrations.

Another highlight was the premiere of our first VR film and performance installation; Empire Soldiers VR in October.  Commissioned by Threshold Studios and supported by Arts Council England, Empire Soldiers VR told the story of the Caribbean soldiers of WW1 and was shown at 3 festivals over nine days. The emotive and innovative show will tour across the UK in 2018.

In addition to this we survived an exhausting 25 pitches over 2 days at DOCFest’s Alternate Realities market, joined Canvas Arts as a network partner and successfully won the opportunity to create an exciting new VR project as part of Creative XR. Winter VR will be a new fully immersive VR interpretation of 2006’s Winter, part of the 4 seasons project.

The big success story of the year was getting the amazing news that from April 2018 we will become part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. 

Thank you to everyone who’s been part of our journey over the last year, and the 19 years before, we couldn’t have done it without you. We’re wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

So, goodbye to 2017 – you’ve been incredible, and hello to 2018 – bring it on!

Paul Long