What is the Campaign about?

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The Family Arts Campaign is a national Sector Support Organisation funded by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to raise family engagement with arts and culture.

Since our beginnings in 2012, we have focused on three main areas of work:

  • Increasing the amount and range of artistic work available to families
  • Increasing the quality of experience for families
  • Improving marketing to reach more families

We are here to support National Portfolio Organisations, museums, libraries, community groups, individuals, and anyone else looking to better connect families with arts and culture.

You can take part by signing up to the free Family Arts Standards and Age-Friendly Standards quality-marks, by attending training and events, or accessing our online resources library. You can also promote all of your family and age-friendly events for free as part of our Fantastic for Families  campaign.


Who is running the Campaign?

We are a cross-sector and cross-artform initiative steered by a consortium of ten organisations and trade bodies. Our lead partner organisation is The Albany.


The campaign is overseen by a Project Board:

Helen Featherstone (Chair)Deputy Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cassie ChaddertonHead of UK Theatre & Membership Development, UK Theatre
Charlotte JonesChief Executive, Independent Theatre Council
Cath HumeExecutive Director, Arts Marketing Association
Robert O’DowdChief Executive, Rose Theatre Kingston
Gavin BarlowChief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany
Matthew SwannChief Executive, City of London Sinfonia
Mark PembertonDirector, Association of British Orchestras
Katy SpicerChief Executive & Artistic Director, efdss
Anne TorreggianiExecutive Director, The Audience Agency
Karla Barnacle-BestCEO, Discover Children’s Story Centre
Paula Graham-GazzardNational Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Alison Bowyer and Laura BedfordExecutive Director and Head of Programmes, Kids in Museums


Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

Anna DeverHead of Campaign
Clair DonnellyProject Manager
Rukhsana JahangirFamily Arts Network Coordinator

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National Marketing & Press Campaign

Get Creative Family Arts Festival (1 – 31 October 2016)

The Festival team have had a busy summer ramping up a national marketing and press campaign which will culminates this October, including the autumn half-term holiday. The Campaign includes a number of promotional partners, spokes-people, editorial, paid advertising, and professional PR services. You can read the latest Festival press release here.

This year our new media partnership with popular Raring2Go magazine will include print advertising to 650,000 families & mailings to 75,000 opted-in members.

We are pleased to be partnering with BBC Arts’ Get Creative initiative again this year to form the Get Creative Family Arts Festival, which will allow the Festival to reach even more families. Get Creative is a network of a huge range of arts and cultural organisations across the country.

Arts Award are supporting this year’s Festival, and Festival events will be advertised to young people looking for places to complete their Awards. Since Arts Award was launched in 2005, 212,898 awards have been achieved by young people, with anyone up to the age of 25 able to take part.

Popular London family deals and days out website LittleBird and online events guide The List are also enabling us to promote your events to as wide an audience as possible and enable new families to find your events. LittleBird is one of the fastest-growing websites for mums in the UK and are in touch with 150,000 families through their daily newsletter. The List is an award-winning site with a regular audience of 1.6 million unique users. The majority of its audience comes from large UK cities including London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Belfast, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Bradford, Cardiff and Coventry.

Festival listings are also fed to a number of popular websites including Ents24, which feeds a monthly user base of 2 million with over 10,000 live event listings per week, WhereCanWeGo? and Hoop. All of these channels help us to reach the maximum number of potential visitors for events included on our Festival listings.

Thanks to the activity of our 24 local Family Arts Networks, many trusted family bloggers have been sharing their first hand reviews of the festival with their following – here’s our favourite one from Becky in Nottingham.

Media coverage

Previous coverage has included the Daily Mail, Guardian and Time Out, as well as several appearances on the BBC Get Creative website, in the popular LittleBird blog, Official London Theatre and Primary Times websites, as well as hundreds of publications across the country. We have a specialist PR team securing coverage, and almost 1,000 participating organisations using our Press & Marketing Toolkit to do the same. Festival Patron, award-winning author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, is also busy promoting the Festival at his events and radio interviews, which have included BBC Wales Arts Show and an extensive festival piece on the Mark Forrest Show.

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The Festival’s edible orchestra press call also bought journalists and photographers out in full force! See the video here from the Press Association.


The Festival has also appeared in the Guardian and the Telegraph, as well as thousands of mentions in regional press across the country. The Festival was also broadcast on radio and television including ITV Central news and BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme.


Paid for advertising

The Festival has a paid for advertising campaign both on and offline, targeted to reach a family audience. The campaign includes print distribution, popular family publications, a number of popular website and as well as Facebook and Twitter marketing, and sends families straight to the Festival website and to your event listings.

The Festival team will update participating organisations on the national marketing and press campaign as it develops. Follow us on Twitter for regular updates.

To take part, upload an event listing to familyartsfestival.com.

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