Now in its 7th year, Islington’s annual Word festival celebrates the transformative power of words through a programme of high quality, arts activities, events and learning opportunities that encourage residents across Islington to develop enjoyment in reading, writing and freedom of expression.
Word2018 will run from 1 – 30 June 2018 and is a partnership initiative between Islington Council’s Library and Heritage Services, Arts Service, All Change and Free Word. Over the past 6 years Word has had great success in reaching a diverse range of people of all ages and abilities in Islington, offering them the chance to participate in extraordinary projects, and to create and experience amazing work both as participants and audiences.
Word2018 will focus on the impact projects – which use reading, writing and literature in creative ways – can have on mental health and wellbeing. The programme will include a number of specially commissioned projects, and will shine a spotlight on high quality creative work being delivered by arts organisations in Islington which offer creative approaches to and demonstrate effective engagement with the festival’s 3 priority target audiences:
- a) Older adults with dementia (65 years and over) and their families
- b) Young people with mental health difficulties (specifically projects that work to improve the wellbeing of young people aged 13 – 25 years) and their families
- c) Children (especially early years – 1- 5 years) and their families.
Word2018 is inviting expressions of interest from artists and arts organisations wishing to submit arts activities and creative opportunities for inclusion in this year’s festival. Activities should explore the pleasure of reading, writing and freedom of expression and take place in Islington between 1-30 June 2018.
Please read the guidance document and submit your activities and events by completing the attached proposal form and sending by email to firstname.lastname@example.org 6pm on Monday 5 March 2018.