Get Creative Festival

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and following government advice, the Get Creative steering group members have made the decision to end promotion of the Get Creative Festival. The organisers will no longer be listing, promoting, or encouraging events between 9th to 17th May 2020.

However, they will instead be concentrating efforts on supporting the public to creatively express themselves and share tips, tutorials, projects and ideas through an online initiative, #GetCreativeAtHome. At this extremely challenging time, the power of creativity to unite people and support them to maintain good mental health is more important than ever. Further plans will be announced very shortly.

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.

In May every year, hundreds of organisations and community groups put on events to help get people creative for free or with just a small fee to cover costs. Last year more than 120,000 people took part in almost 1,700 events across the UK, which helped to celebrate and showcase creativity in every community.

How can you get involved?

1. Perhaps you're already running an event during the Get Creative Festival (9-17 May 2020)? You can list your event as part of the Festival and get on the Get Creative Map. Events must be free (or cost-recovery), they must be participatory and creative, and they must be running during the Get Creative dates within the UK.

2. Put on a special Get Creative Festival event - do something special this May with a one-off event, workshop or open rehearsal. 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 in a range of activities. 

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! Remember to share your creations online using #GetCreativeFestival

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

Useful resources to help you get involved

Visit the Get Creative website 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
  • 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 Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, the BBC, Crafts Council, Creative Scotland, Libraries Connected, Local Government Association, Scottish Libraries & Information Council, Voluntary Arts, and What Next?

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