10 creative teams have today been announced as part of Festival UK* 2022 - with one team including national charity The Reading Agency.
Following a three-month R&D programme and a rigorous assessment process of 30 creative teams, 10 teams have now been commissioned to take their ground-breaking projects into full production for next year's Festival UK* 2022. Intended to bring people together and showcase creativity, projects will reach every corner of the UK. They will include events, public engagement activities, participation opportunities and learning programmes reaching millions of children and young people, demonstrating the importance of creativity in people's lives and our collective futures.
The Reading Agency joins a creative team that also includes representatives from StoryFutures Academy run by Royal Holloway, University of London and the National Film and Television School (NFTS), British Film Institute (BFI), ISOdesign, Nexus Studios, Uplands TV, and Produce UK. The team's project will be an experiment in film, broadcast and augmented reality, public archives, digital access and immersive storytelling asking who are we? Where did we come from and where are we headed?
Hayley Butler, Head of Marketing and Communications, The Reading Agency commented "Supporting the creative industries recovery over the next few years is of upmost importance as part of the country's recovery. The paid R&D project has supported more than 500 creatives from across STEAM, including more than 100 freelancers, at a time when sectors have been impacted by the Covid pandemic and the Festival is committed to creating much needed jobs and opportunities for the industry. As one of the successful teams who will be part of Festival UK* 2022 The Reading Agency's priority is to bring and share creative and innovative storytelling to people across the UK ensuring that reading for pleasure and the creative industries are key priorities as we support the country's recovery in 2022."
Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency commented: "We're absolutely delighted to have been selected to help bring Festival UK* 2022 to life as part of such an inspiring team. As a charity we are thrilled to see the power of reading as an integral part of the collaboration with STEAM organisations, inspiring future generations and connecting communities through the proven power of reading."
Full details of the festival commissions are being kept under wraps to allow the Creative Teams to turn their ideas into reality, but projects will take us from the land, to the sea, to the air and even outer space, using pioneering technology and the power of the imagination. The festival programme will be announced, along with a new name, later this year.