Get Creative Get Creative is a campaign and festival run by a group of cultural organisations to celebrate and support the everyday creativity happening in homes and public spaces. From outdoor photography to music workshops in your local library, via pottery, yarn bombing and performing on stage, we’re building an actively creative society that caters for everyone of every age, background and ability. Get Creative aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative Festival event and to encourage people to share their own examples of everyday creativity. The annual festival sees community groups, cultural venues and individual creative citizens all host participatory events that are accessible for everyone. However, as you all know by now, 2020 is no normal year... so... #GetCreativeAtHome 2020 The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has continued to spread across the UK in recent days causing unprecedented disruption to our lives. Following the latest government advice and looking realistically at the likely circumstances for the coming months, the Get Creative steering group members have made the responsible decision to end promotion of the Get Creative Festival. We will no longer be listing, promoting, or encouraging events taking place from 9th to 17th May 2020. We will instead be concentrating our efforts on supporting the public to creatively express themselves through #GetCreativeAtHome. At this extremely challenging time, we believe that the power of creativity to unite people and support them to maintain good mental health is more important than ever. We know that many people across the UK will be facing long periods of isolation and anxiety in the coming weeks and having a creative outlet will be incredibly important in helping people to find meaning, purpose and connection. The power of the Get Creative campaign has always come from the support of the cultural sector, independent artists, community groups and grassroots practitioners. By working together in recent years, we have shared the joys and positive benefits of creativity with a huge mainstream audience. We aim to do this again now, with our unique partnership allowing us to amplify the great work being done by people and organisations to share ways members of the public can get creative in the current circumstances. We want to share your tips, tutorials, projects and ideas through #GetCreativeAtHome and across our partnership. We are excited by the potential of the plans announced by BBC Arts in their ‘Culture in Quarantine’ statement. Our partners in broadcast media have an important role to play in engaging the public in creative activities at this time. Further plans will be announced very shortly and we hope that we can offer a platform, and support, to everyone who would like to help sustain creative engagement in the coming weeks. #GetCreativeAtHome on Twitter & Instagram Micro-grants in Wales and Stoke-on-Trent Micro-grants are available to help with the costs of organising a #GetCreativeAtHome activity in Wales or Stoke-on-Trent, please find the guidance and application form for Welsh micro-grants here, and Stoke-on-Trent micro-grants here. Get Creative Festival 2019 took place from 11 - 19 May with a staggering 1,690 events taking place across the UK and Ireland. You can catch up on some of the highlights of the nine day celebration on the BBC Arts website. Follow Get Creative on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more on the campaign and info on next year's plans. If you have any other questions about the campaign, please email [email protected]. Sign up to the Get Creative newsletter to get all the latest information.