Media Release: Call for cultural groups to take part in annual celebration

Voluntary Arts Week logo 2014

FROM 9 – 18 May, Voluntary Arts Week will celebrate creative activity across the UK and Republic of Ireland – and all cultural groups are invited to join in.

From choirs to knitting group, drama companys to amateur orchestras – anyone who gets creative purely for the love of it can take part in Voluntary Arts Week.

The idea behind the week is to showcase current activity – and encourage newcomers to join in.

There are lots of ways for arts and community groups to get involved, including

  • Take your talent outside and stage a music, dance or song ‘Flashmob’ in a public space. We’ve linked up with the Big Big Sing and The Big Dance Pledge to create special packs for groups to follow.
  • Decorate your local area as part of the nationwide ‘CraftBomb’. Download the handy CraftBomb pack from our website to get you started.
  • Hold a ‘come and try’ taster session to encourage newcomers to join your craft or visual art group and make sure you add your event to the Voluntary Arts Week website!
  • Or groups can simply list their usual weekly event on the Voluntary Arts Week website, and make it welcoming to new members that night.

Voluntary Arts Week is run by Voluntary Arts, the UK-wide development organisation for amateur arts and crafts.

But the real stars of Voluntary Arts Week are the many thousands of amateur arts and crafts group who regularly bring cultural activity to their local areas.

To find out more about Voluntary Arts Week and how you can get involved, visit or email or visit our Facebook page

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Notes to Editors:

Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of amateur arts and crafts. It began in 2011 as a way to shine a light on the diverse cultural activity taking place across the UK & Republic of Ireland, and encourage others to join in. To read more about Voluntary Arts Week visit

  • Voluntary Arts Week is an initiative of Voluntary Arts, the development agency for arts and crafts participation in the UK and Republic of Ireland. For more information about Voluntary Arts visit
  • Voluntary Arts acknowledges funding from Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Wales, Big Lottery and the Spirit of 2012 Trust.
  • For more information, quotes or photographs, please contact Kelly Donaldson, Communications Manager on email: or tel: 07843 056023.

PRESS RELEASE issued by Voluntary Arts Scotland. You too can post your story ideas for journalists (aka press or media releases), on Email for more information.

Contact: Kelly Donaldson
Phone: 07885913289