BBC Get Creative Day

01 Apr 2016 BY Mary Sackville-West

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It's been just over a year since we challenged the nation to Get Creative: starting a campaign to encourage participation in culture and creativity. 

To celebrate this, we launched the first ever Get Creative Day on April 2nd. To mark the year of the project we asked participants to just have a go and either explore an existing creative passion or try something new. Whether whether it was to release your inner dancer, try your hand at life drawing, throw a pot or experiment with film there were workshops, masterclasses and taster sessions happening all over the country.

When we launched Get Creative in a rather chilly Conway Hall last February, we only planned for the campaign to last a year 14 months on and it is still going strong - more than a million of you have visited the website and more than 1000 organisations have signed up as champions.

When we launched we said we wanted to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary creativity that exists up and down the country and from the woman who knitted her own version of a ten pound note to the former tool maker who took up painting in his retirement and amazed us with his extraordinary reproduction of a Canaletto we've been inundated with amazing stories.

I am overwhelmed by the range of events that have been planned for Get Creative Day. Wales became so enthusiastic that they hosted a three day jamboree, including a day of creativity in Galeri, Caernarfon where locals could have ago at anything from presenting to puppet making, coding, circus skills and Into Film's animation workshops. Northern Ireland too has embraced creativity and came up with a Createathon in the Ulster Museum with workshops on everything from printing to knitting and life drawing to origami and there are wonderful events at the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh where you could make musical instruments from recycled materials. Meanwhile in England Liverpool looks set to claim the title of most creative city with more than 30 events which took place including stand-up comedy workshops, brass band taster sessions and writing masterclasses.

So go on throw caution to the wind and have a go. You've nothing to lose. I'm planning to give crocheting a go and embrace my love of photography - what will you be doing?

Click here to find out how you can get involved in the next year of Get Creative.

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Mary Sackville-West, Project Lead, Arts & BBC Get Creative

Mary is one of the driving forces behind the Get Creative project having been a part of the BBC for 25 years.

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