Project Description

59-led collective selected to create one of 10 inspiring nationwide public events in 2022

Festival UK* 2022 a major UK-wide festival of creativity and innovation, is commissioning 10 major public engagement projects designed to reach millions, bring people together and showcase the UK’s creativity globally. Selected from a shortlist of 30, and a long-list of several-hundred applications, we are thrilled to have been commissioned to create one of these ten projects. The festival will take place in 2022 and each project will bring new opportunities for creative people in sectors that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

Following a three-month R&D programme and a rigorous assessment process, 10 Creative Teams have been commissioned to take their ground-breaking projects into full production for next year’s Festival UK* 2022. The teams represent STEAM cross-sector collaboration showcasing creativity and innovation. They will include events, public engagement activities, participation opportunities and learning programmes reaching millions of children and young people, demonstrating the importance of creativity in people’s lives and our collective futures.

As part of the festival, The 59 Productions Collective, comprising 59 Productions, The Poetry Society, Stemettes and Nokia Bell Labs, will create an unprecedented experiment uniting cosmology, biology, projection technology, STEM education, poetry and 13.8 billion years of history asking questions about the single biggest story of our collective experience.

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The 10 Commissioned Teams

59 Productions Collective

Aproxima Arts Collective

Assemble +8 Collective

Collective Cymru led by National Theatre Wales

Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios Collective

Nerve Centre Collective

Newsubstance Collective

StoryFutures Collective

Trigger Collective

Walk the Plank Collective