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Festival UK* 2022 (working title) will be ten open, original, optimistic, large-scale and extraordinary acts of public engagement that will showcase the UK's creativity and innovation to the world. 

Bringing people together in new and astounding ways, the festival will platform the full range of our creative imaginations by combining Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Four major commissions will each be led by Creative Teams from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Six will be driven by Creative Teams from across the UK.  All ten will be global in reach. All will be open, original and optimistic. 

Festival 2022 Ltd is the delivery organisation that will lead the project across the UK and England, working in collaboration with identified Strategic Delivery Bodies across the nations.  EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate is the Strategic Delivery Body for Scotland.

In the initial Research and Development phase, throughout September and October 2020, there was a call out for the greatest minds and brightest talents drawn from the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and from across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, to form Creative Teams capable of developing major public engagement projects to showcase the UK’s creativity and innovation on a global scale. The deadline for applications to the funded R&D programme closed on 16 October 2020.

From the R&D Project, up to 30 ideas will emerge and up to ten of these will be shortlisted for a full commission as part of the Festival’s public programme in 2022. The Festival will create opportunities for jobs within sectors significantly impacted by COVID-19. 

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