As we begin to attend public events following the end of pandemic restrictions, we have collated creative activities and events for the remainder of 2021 bringing joy and togetherness back into our worlds. This will continue to be updated so keep checking!
Building on London’s existing design activity, the concept is an annual event that promotes the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators delivering an unmissable celebration of design.
BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS - 3rd September - 3rd January 2022
Blackpool's free light show, which has been an attraction since 1879, is back for an extended two month period, to boost to the resort’s tourism season after COVID-19.
The festival is designed to encourage young and aspiring British Asian writers with a programme of author events, workshops, performances and panel discussions, showcasing the work of British South Asian authors and poets, and international writers with South Asian heritage.
DUNDEE DESIGN FESTIVAL - 23 Sept - 3 Oct 2021
The Dundee Design Festival will be held at locations around the city and online, and all are free to attend. The theme for 2021 is Every Where Design, exploring how design is an essential but often invisible part of people's lives.
BRITISH TEXTILE BIENNIAL - 1st October - 31st October
British Textile Biennial returns with new artist commissions, exhibitions and performances presented against the backdrop infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire. This October, #BTB21 turns its attention to the global nature of textiles and the relationships they create, both historically and now, with a major new commission by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, fashion historian Amber Butchart as guest curator, a groundbreaking, sustainable fashion project with designer Patrick Grant and a collaboration with artist James Fox and actor Maxine Peake.
London Film Festival has opened up its programme to the rest of the country after the success of 2020. Alongside the usual London events, online streaming and satellite screenings in regional cinemas mean that the festival is more accessible than ever, and audiences across the UK get to see some of the year’s finest films at the same time as cinema goers in the capital.
YORK DESIGN WEEK - 20 - 26 October 2021
York Design Week is a festival that presents a programme of events, workshops, talks, exhibitions, installations, and projects with the overall aim of utilising co-design and community engagement as methodologies for better design, decision making, and systems change within the city and beyond.
RIVER OF LIGHT TRAIL -Friday 22 October to Sunday 7 November
An outdoor illuminated art gallery is set to take over Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront once again in 2021 with the theme, Rhythm of the Light. For 17 nights the River of Light Trail, will showcase the work of leading local, national and international artists across the Liverpool Waterfront. River of Light will bring together a number stunning audio and visual installations to create a walking loop.
LIGHT UP LANCASTER - 5th & 6th November
Lancaster city centre have a family-friendly trail of discovery, transforming the city into a magical installation of light.There will be free performances amongst secret squares and well-known buildings, captivating light projections, amazing performances, music, dance, film and fireworks.
CORNWALL FILM FESTIVAL- 15th & 21st November
Over three days in November, Cornwall offers its own take on a film festival, with a series of screenings at The Poly in Falmouth, and a programme of lectures and workshops for aspiring filmmakers.
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