The historic English city of St Albans will be taken over this Saturday by Creepers, Endermans and Mobs during a free family street festival, which will see the city transformed into a world on Minecraft.
The Alban Street Festival on 19 June will be hosting what is thought to be the UK’s first street Minecraft Hackathon, which will see the cathedral city – originally the Roman town of Verulamium – and some of its historic buildings that date back over 2,000 years brought together in a Minecraft World by new digital network Silicon Abbey.
How much fun does that sound? More cities should do this. Could your city do this?
Kids of all ages who take part will be able to create their own Skins and team up with other players to recreate St Albans on Minecraft during 30-minute slots on 15 PCs that will be set up in the city centre’s Silicon Abbey zone as part of the summer’s Alban Street Festival.
But it’s not all about the online world – the Alban Street Festival follows on from the Alban Pilgrimage on 18 June, which retells the story of Britain’s first saint, Alban, with a gory re-enactment of his last few hours. The city and its park come alive with a carnival spirit during the Alban Pilgrimage with enormous carnival puppets, Roman chariots, children dressed as centurions, lions, roses and executioners – all parading through the streets of the city, finishing outside the cathedral where Alban is “executed” and the eyes of the executioner “pop out” in front of thousands of people.
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