Martin Green CBE, former Chief Executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will curate, manage, and promote a UK-wide festival in 2022.
The major nationwide festival, backed by £120 million funding from government, was first announced in 2018. As a UK-wide celebration of the country's creativity and innovation, the festival will be designed in collaboration with the devolved administrations to showcase the best of our art, culture, heritage, design and technology sectors.
The project will be delivered by a dedicated team established within the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, led by Green, in addition to his role as the Chief Creative Officer of the Games.
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said: "The nationwide festival will give us a fantastic opportunity to champion all that is great about the UK. It will be a tremendous showcase for our creativity and innovation, which will not only celebrate our values and identities, but will also help attract new inward business and investment."
Martin Green CBE said: "I am honoured to be asked to lead the Festival. As a passionate believer that art and culture has the power to bring people together, I am immensely proud to be working on the project to showcase and celebrate the cultural dynamism and distinctiveness of the UK."
There are three main aims for the festival that will underpin the planning process:
- To bring people together to celebrate our strengths, values and identities, and boost pride throughout communities
- To celebrate all four nations’ offer to the world, supporting our brand and helping attract new inward business and investment
- To leave a lasting legacy across the UK.
Image: Hull UK City of Culture 2017