FAQs

What is Festival UK* 2022?

Festival UK* 2022 is a major nationwide festival celebrating the UK’s creativity and innovation.

What is the R&D project?

The R&D project is a structured, then self-directed, creative project for 30 Creative Teams to develop mass public engagement concepts and ideas to be presented to a selection panel to shortlist to a final 10 which will be fully commissioned as a national or UK-wide project for the festival.

When is the R&D project?

The R&D project will takes place between November 2020 and February 2021, with 8 days mandatory attendance November 16th - December 8th, 2020.

How many Creative Teams will take part in the R&D project?

Up to 30. 22 will be selected from the UK wide applicants, with an additional two from each nation.

Who is doing the shortlisting?

The selection panel will include representatives from Festival UK* 2022 and our team of Creative Advisors drawn from all the STEAM sectors. National projects will be reviewed by representatives of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

What are the criteria for shortlisting?

Please see the guidelines for Creative Teams here.

When will I be informed whether our submission has been successful?


You will be notified by 6 November 2020 via your Lead Organisation whether your Creative Team has been successful or not.

Will I be able to receive feedback if my application is not successful?

Festival UK*’s decision in all matters concerning the assessment and selection of creative teams for the R&D Project is final. We realise it may be disappointing if your application is not successful. If you’d like to seek further feedback on your application, please ask your Lead Organisation to contact us.

How will the R&D project be delivered?


The directed content of the project will be delivered online, due to Covid-19, in our multi-platform ‘Creative Studio’. Creative Teams will be able to access this digital resource throughout the project, but will be able to choose whether they meet safely in person or via video conferencing in the self-directed element of the project.

All participants will be invited to a digital induction session week commencing 9 November 2020.

What will success look like for a Creative Team?

If a concept is selected at the end of the R&D project, it will be commissioned and funded to deliver it. A formal agreement will be created between the Creative Team and Festival UK* 2022.