Family Arts Festival returns for its biggest year yet

Supported by the Arts Council, the nationwide Family Arts Festival is back for its third year. Between 9 October and 1 November more than 1000 organisations will host 5000 creative events for the whole family. From exploring backstage at a theatre to listening to a concert dressed as your favourite superhero. Building on the success of previous events, the Family Arts Festival will be inspiring families to take part in artistic and cultural activities together.

Speaking about the festival, Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “The arts have the power to change the lives of everyone in England. And there’s nothing that proves this more than the Get Creative Family Arts Festival.

“It’s particularly special because it unites every generation in shared experiences, so that everyone from toddlers to grandparents can enjoy the very best artistic creativity in cities, towns and villages across the country”


This year, the Family Arts Festival has teamed up with BBC Get Creative for its biggest year yet, with former Children’s Laureate and bestselling author Michael Morpurgo returning as its Patron.

Talking about what the Family Arts Festival has to offer, Michael Morpurgo said: Now in its third year, there is a huge range of events on offer: from music to theatre, dance to art. There is sure to be something to delight and share with all members of the family across the generations.

“An early cultural experience for children in whatever form – opera, ballet, music or art is a wonderful thing because it opens the door to a life-long experience, a life-long enjoyment.

“I encourage families to make a day of it together – or a week – exploring the exciting events that are happening all around the UK this half term.”

Get involved

With more than 1000 events happening across the country there are plenty of activities to choose from.

A few highlights include, taking a sneak peek behind the scenes at Birmingham Royal Ballet with demonstrations from professional ballerinas or watching an illustrated concert with Sinfonia Viva in Derby.

Enjoying an afternoon of green themed fun with Arnolfini in Bristol, from trying your hand at animation to taking a storytelling boat trip.

Pulling on your best superhero costume and listening to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performing theme tune favourites from the Incredibles, Batman and Spiderman.

Exploring life in the theatre at the Sunderland Empire in an autism friendly backstage tour or ‘Laugh out Loud’ with Bookstart Busy Babies at Halifax Central Library.

Joining Dance Umbrella in London for a performance designed for parents and babies aged up to 18 months or heading to Unicorn Theatre for a variety of family friendly shows.

Listen to Lullaby Concerts from Orchestras Live or enjoy a special family production of Akram Khan’s nuch-loved Chotto Desh from Dance East.

Find out more

Visit the Get Creative Family Arts Festival website to see what is happening in your local area

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