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Family Arts Festival returns to the UK in October

  • Date: 19 August 2014
  • Area: National
A family taking part in the 2013 Family Arts Festival

A family taking part in the 2013 Family Arts Festival. Credit: Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Now in its second year, the Family Arts Festival will host a huge variety of arts events right across the UK, from 17 October to 2 November 2014. From World War 1-themed concerts to a giant family picnic, there will be something for all generations of the family to enjoy.

A triumphant return

Supported with investment from the Arts Council, this year the festival will be building on the huge success of its first year. In 2013 over 900 organisations held over 2,000 events across the UK. All forms of performing and visuals arts were present, with the likes of Lord Lloyd Webber and Zoë Wannamaker lending their voices of support to the festival.

Get involved in 2014

You can visit the Family Arts Festival website to find out what events have been announced so far for 2014 - or even to register your own family-friendly arts event as part of the festival.

Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author of children’s books such as War Horse, is the Patron of the 2014 Family Arts Festival, and said:

‘The enormous range of events presented across the UK means there will be something to share with all members of the family. I encourage families to make a day - or a week - of exploring the fun, interesting and entertaining events in their area this autumn half term.'

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: 

'After last year’s fantastic response to The Family Arts Festival, the Arts Council are delighted to be supporting another fabulous and engaging programme for 2014. It is initiatives such as these that help create connections between communities up and down the country in highly varied ways, inspiring families and young people, but also encouraging arts organisations to develop their offer to families.'

Links and more information

Find out more about the Family Arts Festival and check the website before autumn half term to find out what’s happening in your area.

Follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook, and follow the Arts Council on Twitter and Facebook.