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About Festival UK* 2022

Festival UK* 2022 (working title) is a new UK-wide festival of creativity and innovation being delivered in partnership across all four nations.

It consists of 10 diverse large-scale projects exploring an incredible range of imaginative ideas and perspectives combining Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, designed to engage audiences in their millions.

EventScotland is the strategic delivery body for Scotland for Festival UK* 2022, as appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture. We are responsible for directly commissioning and managing Scotland’s contribution to the Festival.

Selection of Scotland’s commission for Festival UK* 2022

In September and October 2020, an open call was sent out in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales inviting scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians to form Creative Teams and apply to take part in a funded R&D programme to develop project ideas for the Festival. The R&D took place from November 2020 to January 2021.

There were two spaces available on the R&D programme for Scottish teams to take part; and one of those two teams would be commissioned for the Festival at the end of the R&D.

14 Scottish teams – comprising of 122 organisations and individuals - applied to take part. The selection of the two Scottish teams to go forward to the R&D programme, and the final team to be commissioned for the Festival, was made by EventScotland with support from a panel of Scottish industry experts following a rigorous assessment process.

Visit the Festival UK* 2022 website for further information about the wider 10 teams selected across the UK to take part in the Festival, including Scotland’s commission - ‘Dandelion’.