Festival UK* 2022 will include a Welsh project, Collective Cymru.

July 25, 2021 by

Ten projects funded by the UK government project Festival UK* 2022 will include a contribution from Wales called Collective Cymru.

Described as a national festival of creativity and innovation the UK-wide project from the UK government includes funding to the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The Welsh team are a group from Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) in Wales, Collective Cymru, led by National Theatre Wales,.

It will now begin the work to develop their project with Welsh and international partners and communities across Wales for next year’s festival.

The ten projects of Festival UK* 2022 will  will include events, public engagement activities, participation opportunities and learning programmes aimed at demonstrating the importance of creativity..

30 teams made up of scientists, technologists, engineers, artists and mathematicians from across the UK were invited to come together to create new partnerships and develop ideas for large-scale public engagement projects.

The teams come from both the private and public sectors, including artists, scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, plus choreographers, coders, games developers, musicians, theatre-makers, writers, and many other disciplines.

The festival programme will be announced, along with a new name, later this year.

The festival  organisers said that the paid R&D supported new collaborations between more than 500 scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians. Drawn from across the UK and working in 30 teams, they included more than 100 freelancers. Many more opportunities will be created as the commissioned projects are developed.

The 30 teams worked under a creative commons and what they produced will become a publicly accessible resource to inspire future generations. The festival will also continue to offer support to the 20 teams whose project ideas were not taken to commission, and where they want to develop them further.

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