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Family Arts Conference 2019: Exploring the value of arts, culture and creativity for families

  • 12th February 2019 - 12th February 2019
  • 10.30-17.30
  • Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

The UK’s largest family arts and culture conference will explore the value of family engagement and how we can communicate that value to families, funders and the wider cultural sector.

Join us for a full day of lively discussion, practical workshops, informative key-notes and ample opportunities to network with fellow creative professionals.

The full and final programme will be announced in January 2019 but we are pleased to announce that the event will include…

Key note presentations from:

Cheryl Taylor – Head of Content, BBC Children’s
Syima Aslam – Artistic Director, Bradford Literature Festival
Dr. Zoe Wyrko – Geriatrician and consultant for the BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 show Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds

Practical workshops:

  • Fundraising advice and support from Cause 4’s Arts, Fundraising & Philanthropy programme
  • Commercial value in your family offer with Baker Richards
  • Evaluation and change management seminar with Big Lottery Fund
  • Digital family engagement and gaming exploration with National Videogame Museum
  • World Café session: led by Family Arts Campaign evaluators who will invite all participants to input into and drive forward our national Campaign.

Panel discussions:

  • Diverse family engagement: Representatives from Bradford Literature Festival and Manchester International Festival will share and discuss their approaches in family audience diversification.
  • Creating intergenerational experiences for older and younger audiences: This group will explore examples of bringing young and older audience to participate together in creative activities. With Moving Memory Dance Theatre and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
  • Inclusive approaches for family audiences: How can the cultural sector become more inclusive to ensure that all families can engage in creative and cultural participation? With MK Gallery and others.
  • Outdoor arts for families: Join Outdoor Arts UK, Just So Festival (Wild Rumpus), Upswing and Mufti Games to explore why bringing creative and artistic work outdoors can reach new and diverse families.
  • Effective family marketing strategies: PR company Crystlsd, North East Family Arts network – Family Explorers, Unicorn Theatre and the AMA will discuss valuable approaches to reaching more families.
  • Building interactive experiences for parents and early years: How can we create engaging experiences that move away from a crèche to an interactive activity for both parents and young children? Join Mish Mash Productions and Turned on its Head to find out more.


  • Local perspectives from The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Philharmonic and Tate
  • Free drop-in advice from Arts Council England Sector Support Organisations, including Kids in Museums, Cause 4, Arts Marketing Association and many more.
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Post-conference Networking Drinks at the Everyman Theatre
  • Pre-conference networking evening and awards ceremony
  • Limited free places at National Celebrating Age sharing seminar, Monday 11 February 2019, Everyman Theatre Liverpool

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This event is aimed at leaders, creators, marketers, practitioners, programmers and anyone working with audiences young and old.
Content across the day will be relevant to representatives from across the cultural sector, including museums and libraries.

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