Get Creative Festival 2019

This huge national celebration of creativity aims to give everyone the chance to get actively involved in a creative event in their local area.

Get Creative Festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place right across the UK on a regular basis and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. 

From Saturday 11 - Sunday 19 May 2019 hundreds of organisations and community groups will be putting on events to help you get creative – and they’re free or have just a small fee to cover costs. There were over 1,400 events across the UK during the 2018 festival and we’re excited about growing the numbers in 2019 to celebrate and showcase creativity in every community.

How can you get involved?

1. List a creative event - perhaps you're already running an event between 11-19 May 2019? From January, you can list your event as part of the Festival and get on the Get Creative Map. Please note: events must be free (or cost-recovery), they must be participatory and creative, and they must be between 11-19 May 2019 within the UK.

2. Put on a special Get Creative Festival event - download the Get Creative toolkit which will give you all the pointers you need when planning your event and help you think about important areas like promotion and accessibility.

3. Build a cluster in your local area - Get Creative Clusters are a great way to highlight all the creativity activity within one area. This is an ideal model for local authorities or other local networks to collate what’s happening during the festival and create a real buzz locally about what’s on offer on people’s doorsteps.

4. Host a creative hub - perhaps you have a venue or space that local creative groups could use for their activity? Museums, halls, theatres, libraries, parks - anywhere people can gather and try their hand at a range of different creative activities. A hub can create a welcoming, celebratory space for people to come along and participate. 

See how hub activity went this year at the Northern Ireland hub, in the Ulster Museum.

5. Get Creative at home - events will be added to the festival map for you to find your nearest activity. But you can also Get Creative at home! The Origami Jumping Frog Make-along on BBC gave people the opportunity to try something new at home.

For more information, ideas, or for advice on planning you Get Creative event, contact: 


Useful resources to help you get involved

Click here to get tips and advice to help you plan your event so that it can be the best, most welcoming event it can possibly be. Resources include a:
- toolkit to help with planning for Get Creative Festival 2019
- useful materials including Get Creative logos and poster templates.


Get Creative Festival is brought to you by arts and creative organisations and individuals across the UK and is supported by 64 Million Artists, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, the BBC, Crafts Council, Creative People and Places, Creative Scotland, Family Arts Campaign, Voluntary Arts, and What Next?

Visit the Get Creative website at and follow the hashtag to stay up to date on all things #GetCreativeFestival.