The team, led by Manchester International Festival, includes:
- Boy Blue – Kenrick H20 Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
- Epic Games – Ben Lumsden
- Es Devlin
- Manchester International Festival – Mark Ball, Sabrina Mahfouz
- Manchester Metropolitan University School of Digital Arts – Marsha Courneya
- Science and Industry Museum and Science Museum Group – Sally MacDonald
- Sonic Arts Research Centre – Dr. Miguel Ortiz
- University of the Arts, London Creative Computing Institute – Professor Mick Grierson
The teams were chosen following an open call, and a research and development programme is now underway to progress open, original and optimistic ideas that could go on to become one of 10 major creative projects, each designed to reach millions, bring people together and showcase the UK’s creativity and innovation globally in 2022.
The Festival programme is expected to be announced in late 2021. Independently run and led by Chief Creative Officer Martin Green, Festival UK* 2022 is backed by the four governments of the UK. The 30 creative teams selected for the R&D are made up of 22 UK-wide collaborations, and two each from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The Festival will take place throughout 2022 and each project will bring new opportunities for creative people in sectors that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. A specific focus is being placed on emerging talent and under-represented voices.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“These 30 teams show our world-class British creativity at its very best—risk-taking, groundbreaking and diverse. They’ve gone through fierce competition to get here and highlight exactly what’s possible when organisations from every part of the UK work together. I cannot wait to see their daring ideas come to life.
“With Festival UK* 2022, the Platinum Jubilee and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, 2022 is shaping up to be a truly extraordinary year of celebration for the whole United Kingdom.”
More information on the festival can be found at www.festival2022.uk.