The Story City project was awarded the $25,000 Brisbane City Council Innovation Award in 2014 for its innovation use of storytelling and community engagement, particularly in the youth arts sector. The original idea grew from a need and want to take part in a story rather than passively consuming it. Inspired by the Renew Newcastle and Australia movement, Emily Craven wanted to renew the urban landscape for the reading public, help them see it in a new way and get them to engage with the community and world around them. She predicts that in the future, you should be able to go anywhere in Australia and use Story City to discover a place.
The project originally began in 2012 as Adelaide: Choose Your Adventure, which used QR codes on posters to run the adventure. The project, created with the help of if:book Australia, was the world’s first real life choose-your-adventure event. Upon hearing of the innovative new project, in 2013/2014 Producer and Creator Emily Craven was hired to produce Street Reads for the Brisbane City Council, again using QR codes on posters placed around the city to run the event. Street Reads has been featured in the Courier Mail, ABC radio and on Channel 7’s ‘The Great South East’. In 2014, with the help of the Innovation Award, Emily was able to turn the project into a GPS App called Story City.
Story City now works with councils and other organisations to create these active and healthy events, using their digital platform to engage and interest youth, families and tourist in our country’s world-class attractions.