The first ever UK-wide Family Arts Festival draws to a close

The first ever UK-wide Family Arts Festival closed on Sunday 3rd November 2013, having entertained tens of thousands of families across the UK with its ambitious and diverse first year programme. Over 900 organisations hosted over 1,900 events as part of the festival, across all forms of performing and visual arts, and leading figures from the arts including Lord Lloyd Webber, Zoë Wanamaker and Ed Vaizey all expressed their support for the festival in its first year.

Families who took part in the Family Arts Festival 2013 were urged to visit and vote for their favourite events in the first ever Family Arts Festival Awards. Voted for entirely by the public, the Awards will recognise organisations that have produced exceptional family experiences during the festival. The winning organisations and events will be announced early next year.

Festival visitors, performers and host organisations are encouraged to continue to share stories and photos from events they participated in via the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages:

Following the event’s success, the organisers, the Family Arts Campaign, have today announced that the festival will return next year, 17th October – 2nd November 2014.

The full press release, circulated to national and regional arts correspondents, news desks, editors, features writers and more, is available here:

> Download the full press release

5 November 2013