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Family Friendly Arts Campaign to be launched at a special conference in Birmingham on 15 April

Family Friendly Arts Campaign to be launched at a special conference in Birmingham on 15 April

9th April 2013

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Town Hall and the Conservatoire in hosting the Independent Theatre Council's first Family Friendly Arts Conference on April 15th. Over 200 delegates from Performing Arts organisations across the country will attend keynote speeches and breakout sessions on the engaging of family audiences. The BMAG learning team are hosting two fun and interactive breakout sessions to showcase our lively and innovative programme, and other breakout sessions will be held within Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The Family Arts Festival is part of a wider programme, The Family Friendly Arts Campaign, which aims to support organisations in providing high quality family friendly events. The initiative has been devised in consultation with over 1,000 arts professionals and 2,000 families.

The sector-led Campaign will be officially launched with a major one-day event organised by the Campaign and in association with Independent Theatre Council (ITC) at Birmingham’s prestigious Town Hall on 15 April. The first Family Friendly Arts Conference will provide more details to organisations of how to take part in the first national Family Arts Festival and how to obtain specialist advice and support for arts organisations. There will be the chance to learn about working with families from experts from beyond the arts sector. The event is specially designed for marketing, education, creative learning and outreach staff at visual and performing arts organisations, as well as arts development officers, but will also be valuable for anyone with an interest in understanding and growing family audiences and participants in the arts. Organisations can book their place for £100+VAT by visiting www.tmauk.org/familyfriendlyartsconference.

The Family Arts Festival is an initiative of The Association of British Orchestras, The Theatrical Management Association, The Society of London Theatre, the Independent Theatre Council, the Visual Arts & Galleries and Association and Dance UK, and is funded by Arts Council England.  The Festival aims to feature special events and activities that will attract families of all kinds and backgrounds and will feature a Family Arts Festival Awards programme to recognise partners’ events and achievements. There will be a Family Arts Festival website launching in the summer which will provide families with information about events happening across the UK and near you.

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