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UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022. It features free, large-scale events, installations, and globally accessible digital experiences in the UK’s most ambitious showcase of creative collaboration.

Produced by some of the brightest minds in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, UNBOXED features ten major, multi-site and digital creative projects that share new ideas and possibilities for the future. Events and activities will take place from 1 March to 2 October 2022, with six of the creative projects presenting work across Scotland, from the Borders to the Outer Hebrides.

UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is funded and supported by the four governments of the UK and is commissioned and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council, Creative Wales and EventScotland.

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UNBOXED in Scotland

Cube of Perpetual Light in Govan, Glasgow

The six projects taking place in Scotland offer an exciting and unique opportunity for audiences, participants, communities and visitors to experience ground-breaking creative programmes designed to question, provoke, delight and intrigue, while showcasing the incredible creative talents of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) practitioners across Scotland and the UK.

EventScotland is the strategic delivery body for Scotland and is responsible for directly commissioning and managing Scotland’s contribution to the programme – Dandelion – in addition to supporting the other five projects visiting Scotland.

Dandelion is an innovative new initiative inviting people all over the country to get growing, sharing and celebrating food, music, and ideas, in and with their communities. It will demonstrate the power of collective action in a Scotland-wide ‘grow your own’ initiative. Rooted in Scotland, with an international outlook and sustainability at its heart, the Dandelion programme follows the arc of the growing season, from April to September 2022, and will culminate in hundreds of Harvest gatherings across Scotland – reimagining the cultural celebration of harvest for the 21st century, led by the next generations of producers, musicians and growers.

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Beyond Dandelion, Scotland will also host five other projects presented as part of UNBOXED. These are: About Us (Paisley); StoryTrails (Dundee and Dumfries); Dreamachine (Edinburgh); Green SpaceDark Skies (across National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Scotland); and PoliNations (Edinburgh).

UNBOXED projects

Central to UNBOXED are extensive learning and public participation opportunities reaching hundreds of thousands of school children, young people and communities throughout 2022. These include invitations to take part, shape and deliver UNBOXED through school poetry and coding competitions, community workshops, citizen science projects and new employment and skills development opportunities for diverse young creatives and freelancers. There are also partnerships with the BBC, British Council and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) that will further global conversations about the role of creativity and innovation in society.

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