Plans announced for post-Brexit festival of creativity

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TV historian David Olusoga has teamed up with the makers of Pokémon Go to create an immersive 3D experience in south London.

It will be part of the Government-backed festival designed to bring the country together after Brexit and the pandemic.

The broadcaster, best known for his series A House Through Time, is just one of thousands of people taking part in next year’s festival.

The event, which was dubbed the Festival of Brexit when it was first announced by then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018, features a series of free, large-scale events and digital experiences.

Called Unboxed: Creativity in the UK it includes a decommissioned North Sea offshore platform being transformed into an immersive public art installation in Weston-super-Mare, a scale model of the solar system recreated in a sculpture trail in Cambridge and a monumental garden being built in Birmingham.

Olusoga’s project, called StoryTrails, will use cutting edge technology from Niantic, the makers of Pokemon Go, to help tell the stories of 15 towns and cities it visits across the UK before ending in September in Lambeth and Lewisham.

The events Chief Creative Officer Martin Green said: “Hundreds of creatives from across science, technology, engineering, arts and maths are creating extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime events and online experiences for millions in the UK’s biggest and most ambitious public creative programme to date.

“Unboxed represents an unprecedented and timely opportunity for people to come together across the UK and beyond and take part in awe-inspiring projects that speak to who we are and explore the ideas that will define our futures.”

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