- Date: 9 May 2014
- Area: National
All year round drama clubs, painting groups, choirs, amateur orchestras, quilters and many more, get creative purely for the love of it. Voluntary Arts Week celebrates this creativity and encourages others to take part.
This year Voluntary Arts Week is taking place from Friday 9 – Sunday 18 May, when cultural groups in cities, towns and villages across the UK and Republic of Ireland will open their doors and hold events to showcase their activities. Groups will be hosting open rehearsals, decorating their local area with colourful creations, offereing creative taster sessions or putting on special performances or exhibitions.
This year’s Voluntary Arts Week has three special strands: CraftBomb, the Big Big Sing and the Big Dance Pledge.
CraftBomb will see pop-up craft installations appearing in parks, gardens, high streets and cultural venues all over the country, including a crafty takeover in St Albans city centre, a knitted display at Cross Corners Community Arts in Leicester, a pompom making extravaganza at Rufford Abbey Craft Centre in Nottinghamshire and guerilla kinitting in Greenwich.
Other events include, a knitting workshop in York, handmade festival in Kent, folk music in Newcastle upon Tyne, open rehearsals in Royston and a rehearsal and performance of the Pirates of Penzance in Cheshire.
Voluntary Arts has teamed up with the Big Big Sing this year. Big Big Sing sessions and Choir of the Year events are happening in Warwick, London, Southampton and Norwich, while in other areas of the UK choirs are being encouraged to take their talent outside to stage music ‘flashmobs’.
And for those who love to dance, on Friday 16 May, the Big Dance Pledge will see thousands of people across the world performing the same dance routine between 1pm and 6pm.
Voluntary Arts Week is run by Voluntary Arts, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation which works across the UK to develop amateur arts and crafts.