Festival UK* 2022: Finance

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th January 2022.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's announcement of 16 November 2020 on 30 creative teams awarded up to £100,000 each for Festival UK* 2022 R&D project, which companies have received that funding; and how much each has received.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

30 creative teams were announced in November 2020 to take part in a £3m Research and Development (R&D) Project for what would become UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK. UNBOXED is a major creative programme that will reach millions of people, taking place at locations across the UK and online in 2022.

The 30 teams selected for the R&D Project were chosen following an open call. A rigorous selection process, undertaken at arm’s length from the Government by Festival 2022 Ltd., considered 299 submissions involving almost 3,000 organisations, freelancers and others representing the five STEAM sectors (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths).

Each of the teams received up to £100,000 to enable them to develop ideas that could reach millions of people across the UK and online. The 30 teams presented their R&D proposals before a panel in February 2021, with 10 selected for the programme.

Details of the 30 teams who participated in the R&D Project between November 2020 and February 2021 can be found here.

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