Interested in running your own event during the week or working with others to create a local creativity and wellbeing festival? We will give you all the support and resources you need to create successful events that encourage participation in arts and cultural activities.
There are so many good reasons to get involved with Creativity and Wellbeing week and we are going to be adding to and updating our organiser area continuely. We are a UK-wide festival with a great track record but we rely on you to plan and list events.
Our festival this year has a theme of Creative Futures, which means we will be focusing our headline events on the mental health of young people and climate change. If you want to run events which fit with the theme this would be great but we are an open festival and want to encourage anyone with an interest and capacity to hold an event. This could be as part of a current or long running programme or a chance to try something completely new.
Events run during the week can be aimed at any age, it can be around accessing and enjoying arts and culture or taking part. Exhibitions, workshops, conferences, walks and training are all welcome.
The events must take place within the festival 18- 24th May. Although we know that taking part in any culture or creative activity is good for your health and wellbeing we ask that events in the festival have a specific focus on this aspect.
You need to register on our brand new site. Once you have registered you will have your own platform on the site where you can post events, tell people about who you are and also communicate with others
We are a largely unfunded festival and for the first time this year we are asking event organisers for a completely voluntary donation towards registration. We suggest a fee between £5- £20 this is not compulsory but will support the festival and allow us to better support and promote your events.
Once you are registered you can add events which will be uploaded to our listings.
We are going to be adding lots of resources to the site about how to plan successful events, how to market and promote and also how to work in partnerships
We will also be providing you with templates and resources so you can add our festival badge to your website, encourage your followers on social media and also print out posters, postcards and other promotional material these are completely open to anyone hosting an event
We will be doing lots to shout about the festival so if you have a great story to tell then please get in touch.
Some of the most successful regional events last year were part of localised Creativity and Wellbeing weeks held as part of the festival if you are interested in partnering with others in your area then get in touch
The earlier you get your event registered the better we can promote you. We will be looking for guest blogs, twitter takeovers and case studies to place with the media so keep an eye out for opportunities
Make sure you sign up to our event organiser newsletter and keep an eye out on our social media. We will also be launching a forum soon where you can make connections and speak to others
“We invited a mindfulness practitioner to set the scene at the beginning of our printing workshop. This was a new approach for us and it was very well received by the artists involved. We enjoyed following a lot of the other projects on social media throughout the week.”
This section is going to be growing and changing as planning gets underway. We will be giving as much information and as many useful resources as we can to those who want to organise and event. Please keep a look out for new guides and downloadable resources.
As organisations we are really pleased that people appreciate our news and we think our festival newsletter is one of the best ways we can tell you what is happening with the festival. This year we have a new mailing list for event organisers which will provide you with the latest information, resources and best practice. Please note this is a separate list to our general charity newsletter so please sign up.
It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to postpone Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020. As a festival focusing on health and wellbeing, we feel as though it would be irresponsible to encourage public events at this time. We understand that this is not yet official government advice, however, given the timing of the festival, we are concerned that it will be taking place at a possible peak of the virus.
This is a fast-moving situation and is entirely unprecedented for all of us, so please bear with us as we navigate the next few weeks.
For those who have already put time and resource into events, we are sorry this is happening. There is nothing to stop you deciding to host events of course, and we will leave you to make that judgement, however, at this stage, we will not be marketing or hosting any events using the Creativity and Wellbeing banner.
Currently, we see this very much as a postponing and will be following advice around rescheduling the week later in the year. We are also looking into ways we can host some kind of virtual or digital festival in that week. If you have any ideas, please let us know.
We know that this is a worrying and unsettling time for many, and we need creativity and connection more than ever. We will be doing all we can as organisations to support our members and keep connections active.
Best wishes Jenni, Neil, Victoria and Hayley