BBC VIRTUAL REALITY TENT
Glimpse of news, reportage and history at the BBC Virtual Reality next to the Frontline Club at Byline Festival 18. BBC Volunteers will help you get the most out of the immersive and stunning 10 minute long VR experiences including
A TRIP DOWN THE NILE
Presented by Alastair Leithead BBC Africa Correspondent
The Nile is the world’s longest river, and it’s where the world’s first war over water could be fought. For millennia Egypt has been the river’s great superpower, but now an ambitious and emerging Ethiopia has dammed the Blue Nile – where most of its water comes from.
On assignment with the BBC’s Africa correspondent and his team, you’ll fly high above the river and its waterfalls and inspect the dam up close, before meeting the richest man in Sudan and his air-conditioned cows. You’ll hear from people in cafes and each country’s ministers, explore ancient Sudanese pyramids, Egyptian temples and a chaotic Cairo.
Damming the Nile is the first VR documentary series from BBC News
We Wait: A Migrant StorY
Based on BBC News interviews with migrants, We Wait is a dramatised story transporting you to the heart of the refugee crisis.
On a starlit beach in Turkey you meet a Syrian family about to embark on their second perilous attempt to cross the sea to Greece.
We Wait won the Broadcast Digital Award for VR 2016.
Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel
Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel presents an artistic journey into the memory of an ordinary man swept up in an extraordinary event. Travel to Dublin with 19 year old Willie McNeive. A member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, Willie felt deeply that Ireland should be separate from Britain, free to be its own independent democratic republic. He felt so strongly that he chose to take part in the Easter Rising – a violent, armed insurgence where thousands of Republican men and women occupied key sites in Dublin, proclaiming the Irish Republic. McNeive’s eyewitness account, undiscovered for over 30 years provides a remarkable, personal insight into this key moment in European history.