Who’s at the Mela: Create your own Mela footage with Our Version Media

Published on: 29 June 2023

Our Version Media® CIC is a Southampton-based community media enterprise that’s amplifying the voices of the region’s black and minoritised communities.

Founded by an ex-TV news journalist in 2019, OVM is increasing the positive visibility of these communities by teaching people digital media, journalism and smartphone film-making skills to tell and share their own, authentic stories.

OVM’s Mobile Storytelling and Roving Reporter workshops teaches everyone – from teenagers to pensioners – how to create, film and edit engaging videos and social media content using a smartphone.

OVM will be running their free Roving Reporter workshops at this year’s Southampton Mela. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to use their smartphone to cover – report and present from – events, just like a professional events reporter.

Participants will be shown how to capture great Mela footage and how to interview festival-goers, stallholders and performers. They’ll also be shown how to put it all together to make a video that showcases all the fun and excitement of the Mela, through their eyes!

It’s an exciting and fast-paced workshop! To take part you:

  • Must be over 16
  • Must be a Southampton resident in the SO14-SO19 areas
  • Must have a smartphone with a working camera and microphone
  • Must know how to use your smartphone’s camera to film (even a basic video)

Just head to Our Version Media’s gazebo!

For more about Our Version Media, follow them on social media @ourversionmedia

Join us for the Southampton Mela Festival 2023 on Saturday 15th July from 12noon at Hoglands Park, Southampton SO14 1JZ – FREE ADMISSION all day.