Spirit of 2012 invests nearly £1million to mark the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by delivering arts festivals in the Midlands

Spirit is delighted to be awarding development agency The Mighty Creatives with almost £1m worth of investment. The funding will enable them to deliver a series of verbal arts festivals across the Midlands over the next three years as part of their Emerge Programme. 

The Mighty Creatives, Arts Council England's Bridge Organisation for the East Midlands, will be working in partnership with UK Young Artists and Arts Connect to deliver Emerge. They will also be seeking to work with schools, youth settings and practitioners to deliver the Emerge Festivals. 

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012, said: “To celebrate the landmark of 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, Spirit of 2012 has chosen to invest in the Mighty Creatives’ Emerge programme, which is a perfect fit with our aims. It will engage young people and inspire the communities they live in. They will develop their skills and leadership by writing, performing, designing, organising and promoting their own festivals, whilst also connecting with current issues, their own communities and Shakespeare in creative and exciting ways.”

Mighty Creatives Chief Executive, Karen Birch, said: “This is great news for The Mighty Creatives, the Midlands and above all children and young people. We know too many children and young people don’t get enough chances to be creative.  Our partnership with Spirit of 2012 will provide an amazing chance for young people to engage with Shakespeare and to be creative themselves. Emerge promises to be a high quality, life changing programme. “

The Emerge Programme aims to:

  • involve up to 1000 young participants in the production of up to 24 a verbal arts festivals on April 23rd in 2017, 2018, 2019 to mark the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death
  • explore the art of ideas, challenging modern audiences on modern issues as Shakespeare did himself 
  • be delivered in 12 Midland locations 
  • provide 24 young artists with a community based collaborative commission 

The Emerge Programme plans to work in 12 Midlands locations. It will be a programme developed and delivered across a range of rural, coastal and small town communities. 

If you are interested in working with The Mighty Creatives on developing and delivering Emerge, please get in touch with Danny Myers via danny@themightycreatives.com. 


About Spirit of 2012

Spirit of 2012 is an independent trust, established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. We fund projects that empower people to get out, be involved and feel better. We fund partners that provide opportunities in sports, physical activity, arts and culture, volunteering and social action. http://www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/

About The Mighty Creatives 

The Mighty Creatives is the children and young people’s creative development agency: a source of innovation in young lives. Their mission is to create a world where children and young people are using their creativity to realise their rights, reach their potential and make a difference.

For other press and media enquiries please contact rosanna@themightycreatives.com or call 0116 2616 834


Further information:

Spirit of 2012 http://www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/ 

The Mighty Creatives https://www.themightycreatives.com/