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What is electricdecember.org?

Electric December is Watershed's widely acclaimed online digital advent calendar. It returns in 2004 with another unique selection of gifts - from games to films, animation to music. This year sees contributors interpreting a theme of Transformation in a creative online form.

These digital distractions are a gift from the South West and reflect the digital creativity and talent resident in the region. Every day from Wed 1 Dec you can plug in, boot up and unwrap a totally unique digital present counting down to Christmas. Some will make you laugh, some will make you think, some will get your fingers flying across the keyboard - but all are bespoke gifts created specifically for Electric December.

One of the primary objectives of Electric December is the introduction of local community and education groups – many with little or no experience of the potential of digital media – to professional companies, facilitating partnerships to produce new pieces of creative work for the web. These partnerships ensure that skills are pooled and shared and the world of creativity on the internet is revealed, explored and discussed. The connections are made inthe real as well as the virtual world – despite the wide geographic spread of the contributors a real network of partnerships has been generated across the region through the work, with the process closely supported by Watershed and Creative Partnerships.

Electric December 2003 involved collaborations between 26 media companies, 8 arts organisations, 28 educational organisations, 25 artists and 11 community groups. The transfer of skills through these collaborations involved over 800 people (around 600 of whom were under 25). Last year also saw Electric December achieve 1million+ page views from over 80 different countries.

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We'd love to get your feedback on the presents. At the top of each present is a feedback button - do send us a message.

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The last five years of electricdecember.org are still available to view in the archive.

Watershed Media Centre has an Intellectual Property Rights Policy for online publishing.

The 2004 press section includes press releases and print-ready images.

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