Out of the Ordinary Shortlisted in Fedora Digital Prize 2021

Tuesday, 2 February, 2021
Fedora Prize 2021

INO's exciting new VR Community Opera project, Out of the Ordinary has been shortlisted in the digital category of this year's Fedora Platform Prize. Public voting is now open.

Out of the Ordinary harnesses the creativity and life experience of diverse Irish communities that currently have little or no connection to opera. It uses cutting edge technology as a tool to distil and present their stories resulting in the world’s first ever virtual reality community opera.

This year, INO will be hosting a series of co-creation workshops, inviting communities across Ireland to co-create a virtual reality community opera, composed by Finola Merivale and directed by Jo Mangan, which will be presented in summer of 2022. This work is aligned to the wider research and innovation project, TRACTION, which is investigating new ideas of co-creation and participatory art to involve communities in the creative process of opera. The project will test new technologies designed to empower participants in the creative process, explore new audio visual formats and provoke an impact on the relationship between opera and digital technology. The use of emerging technologies will allow us to engage communities in new ways, expanding the range of people who can interact with opera and help us in our mission to foster societal engagement with opera in as many ways as possible.

Public voting is open until Friday 26 February and the final prize winner will be announced in June. Learn more about Out of the Ordinary and vote here.