BBC Bus and Open Centre Tour

Back on board for the 2008 BBC Bus and Open Centre tour!

  • Type
    Workshop / Tour
  • Date
    1 February, 2008
  • End Date
    1 April, 2008
  • Location

Hot on the heels of the 2006 BBC Bus Tourwe jump back on board, taking NOISE across the country to emerging creatives who may not have heard of the festival otherwise, or have limited access to arts opportunities. For 2008’s road show we also take over local BBC Open Centres.

We also hook up with 5 BBC Regions and their respective radio stations for seven NOISE Open days: we visit BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, BBC Sheffield, BBC Merseyside, BBC Stoke & Staffordshire and BBC Somerset at the Somerset College of Art & Design.

Over 100 young people attend the dates, with a further 2,000 participants submitting to NOISE as a direct result of NOISE BBC’s road show. For the Somerset date, Elliot Rooney, designer of the NOISE 2008 campaign, takes to the bus to show students at the Somerset College of Art & Design how he got involved with NOISE.

Fully equipped with the latest technologies, the BBC Bus and Open Centres are also used for live radio broadcasts to encourage people to get involved with NOISE 2008. For example, BBC local radio has a huge overall reach of 10.7million listeners, which is approximately 11% share of all UK radio listening (2008). These hits help parents and families to encourage a young, talented relative to take part.


  • Coventry Telegraph
  • Sheffield Star
  • BBC Sheffield online
  • BBC Coventry & Warwickshire online
  • BBC Stoke & Staffordshire online
  • BBC Somerset online 

BBC Radio Sheffield Open centre is pleased to be working with NOISE on this project. This is a great opportunity for the young people of Sheffield to show how creative they are.
Helen Bailey, BBC Radio Sheffield


As a Specialist Arts College, we are delighted to work with the NOISE Festival to offer our Students and community the opportunity to showcase their creative talents to a wider audience. We believe in 'Arts for All' and see this event as a unique and progressive way forward for young people to express their visions.
Lesley Bentley, Director of Arts, Notre Dame Catholic College, Liverpool


I welcome every opportunity to celebrate the talent and creativity of our students. The NOISE festival is a brilliant and fun event for the whole community to have their work spotlighted and recognised in a way not normally possible in the media. This is a wonderful platform for work to be seen in a national context and a stepping stone for any one of our students to further their creative ambitions.
Chris Taylor , Head of Division of Arts and Design, Somerset College of Arts and Technology 

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