Voluntary Arts FestivalVoluntary Arts Festival 2017 took place from 5 - 14 May and saw over 200 events take place across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Since its inception in 2011, Voluntary Arts Festival (formerly Voluntary Arts Week) has grown from a pilot week in Scotland to a huge celebration of creativity across all of the UK and Republic of Ireland. 2017 has been another big success with thousands of people getting out and getting involved with community-led creative activities (see photo highlights on Facebook and video highlights from Paisley). Over 200 events took place from 5-14 May this year, adding to thousands of events hosted by local creative groups over the past seven years. The initial idea for Voluntary Arts Week was borrowed from our friends in Belgium, who have been enjoying the 'Week of Amateur Arts' since 2007. We've always sought out collaborations with partners in the UK and further afield in promoting our call for people to get involved and get creative. The Get Creative campaign has allowed us to work in partnership with a whole range of new organisations and media contacts, promoting opportunities for people to try something new and creative in their community. So in 2018, we'll be merging Voluntary Arts Festival with the new Get Creative Festival to build an even bigger and better celebration of creativity. All year round, Voluntary Arts supports groups in promoting their events and sharing our Briefings on planning events to help them be as welcoming and accessible as possible and get the word out online and through local media. Follow Voluntary Arts on Twitter and Facebook or sign up to our enews to stay up to date about plans for next year! Some highlights from Voluntary Arts Festival 2017 AboutOrganise an EventMedia ToolkitContact Media Toolkit If you are a group or organisation taking part in Voluntary Arts Festival, see our comprehensive guide to publicising your event, which includes press release templates, branding and top tips to get your event noticed. If you are a partner organisation or media outlet keen to help us spread the word about the Voluntary Arts Festival, please read on . . . . Information on Voluntary Arts Festival Watch and share the Voluntary Arts Festival 2017 film - for an intro to the festival and examples of events from previous years. Download and share the Voluntary Arts Festival Briefing for an overview of the festival and the different ways that groups can participate. If you are in touch with creative groups, please share this with them to help spread the word and let them now how they can be part of this nationwide celebration of creative participation. Check the Find an Event page to locate events in your area and to copy and paste a shareable links. Event listings also include group contact details if you would like to get in touch with the group organising directly for more information. Please note: events will be added in the run up to May so please check back. The Voluntary Festival press release can be used in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This helps to give an introduction to the Festival and includes links to the website and the promotional materials above. This can be customised to promote individual events or groups of events in any area. In the meantime, if you would like to run a feature on Voluntary Arts Festival, please get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org Keen to run a feature on Voluntary Arts Festival or want some more tailored copy? Please get in touch to see how we can help - email@example.com Voluntary Arts Festival photos Visit the Voluntary Arts Flickr page to access photos of previous Voluntary Arts Week / Festival activity that you can download to use on associated publicity. Looking for photographs of Voluntary Arts Festival 2017? Getting photos of events before they have taken place can be tricky, but there are ways and means, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request or contact the event organiser directly via the Find an Event page. Connect with Voluntary Arts Festival on social Connect with Voluntary Arts Festival on Twitter and Facebook - to keep updated on all things Voluntary Arts Festival and tag your posts with #VolArtsFestival so we can link-up and share far and wide. Sign up to our Voluntary Arts Festival Thunderclapp to show your support and help share the creativity this May! This is simple to do and involves you signing up to sending out a tweet on the first day of Voluntary Arts Festival (5 May) to help celebrate all the fantastic groups that are taking part. Logo strips and branding The Voluntary Arts Festival logo strip includes the Voluntary Arts Festival dates, website and social media links. Download this and share on your social media and relevant comms. If you would like this in another format please get in touch.