Alpha - Beta school parade in Kavala, Greece
Every second Sunday of the Carnaval, in mid February, in the city of Kavala a parade is organised by local schools, with a different main subject every year. The main parade is taking place in one of the central streets of the city, but parallel activities are also happening at the same time in selected squares and neighbourhood centres. Scenes of the parade are reproduced in real time from big screens in strategic points of the city and neighbourhood centres, and there is interaction and coordination of the activities. Input from the public (opinions, greetings, singing) is enabled at specific points, and this input is automatically transmitted to the big screens. This year (2017), the parade took place on Sunday, February 12, and the main subject was "famous painters". Creations of kids and their teachers, inspired from famous painters, were painted on faces, clothes, umbrellas, and banners, and were shown on the big screens, accompanied by few words from their young creators.
Introduces information technology in public spaces, in a way that public events are more cooperative, broadly known and attended by the public in different locations of the city. It is addressed to school children, who are the most sensitive and, at the same time, the most promising sector of the local population, and it uses familiar and quite popular means to them, that is cyber technology. It shows that public spaces and technology combined, can be lots of fun. It also supports educational purposes, by allowing school children as well as wider audiences to be introduced to the main subject of the parade, which is usually related to arts and culture.
Mainly school children, teachers and relatives, local artists, cultural organisations.