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New summer festival: Get Creative Outdoors, Creative Lives

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Get Creative Outdoors invites people to try something creative in the open air throughout the summer of 2021. This is a huge national celebration of creativity supported by Creative Lives, the BBC and a dynamic group of cultural and environmental organisations from across the UK.

Get Creative Outdoors will run between July - September and aims to give everyone the chance to get actively involved in a creative event in their local area. From nature photography to beatboxing in parks, Get Creative Outdoors wants to promote and inspire a creative society that caters for everyone of every age, background and ability. It also provides a much-needed opportunity for people to come together, connect and try something new to boost their wellbeing.

Community groups and organisations across the UK are invited to share their creative events happening outdoors via and benefit from some extra free publicity! You can download a handy toolkit to help you promote your event. 

Robin Simpson, CEO of Creative Lives and Chair of Get Creative, said:

One positive we can take from the past year is how many people turned to creative activities to fill their time and help themselves cope with the stresses of lockdown. The other significant trend we observed during lockdown was an increased interest in our natural environment. We are building on this new-found enthusiasm for both creativity and nature with 'Get Creative Outdoors' - promoting creative activities and events that you can take part in outdoors.

We are excited to be working with new partners from the countryside, wildlife and environment sectors to make this a truly nationwide celebration of creativity and the natural world. The Get Creative website at will be the place to find creative activities and events you can take part in outdoors this summer.

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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