STAFF and volunteers at St George’s Bristol are celebrating after winning two national awards from organisers of the Get Creative Family Arts Festival.

It is the second time the music venue, just off Park Street, has received recognition for its work with families, including concerts, MiniBeats and Wild Word music and storytelling. St George’s also runs fun ‘relaxed performances’ for children with special needs and their families.

The annual Get Creative Family Arts Festival is a national festival offering families an extraordinary range of arts activities to enjoy right across the UK.

Voted for by a panel of expert judges from the arts sector, awards recognise the outstanding events that took place within the 2016 Festival and the exemplary family-friendly organisations and venues that participated.

St George’s Bristol joined 736 other organisations in delivering events as part of the festival, which took place between throughout October 2016. Around 500,000 family members attended one of the 4,000 festival events held across the UK.

The independent music venue received awards for ‘Best Family Welcome’ and ‘Best Age-Friendly Event’ – a free lunchtime concert with Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Symphonic Brass.

The Get Creative Family Arts Festival celebrated at an awards ceremony on Tuesday (March 14) at Circomedia in Bristol, recognising the Festival’s most engaging family events as well as highlighting the outstanding organisers amongst the huge variety of participating organisations.

St George’s was also a host venue for the Get Creative Family Arts Conference on March 15.

Education Manager Laura Tanner was proud to represent St George’s Bristol at the ceremony, accompanied by Head of Education Catherine Freda and Head of Marketing Dagmar Smeed.

Laura Tanner commented: “At the root of all of St George’s programming for children and families is our belief in the power and the value of live music for everyone.

“Music is an inclusive language that speaks to all of us, with the ability to engage, inspire and unite diverse people, as they share in unique and magical experiences.”

The Festival is run by the Family Arts Campaign, whose evaluation report found that 61% of participating organisations reported an increase in work shown for families at their organisation. Since its beginnings in 2013 the Festival has reached approximately 2.2 million family members and included over 750 pieces of newly commissioned work specifically for families.

Phil Cave, Director of Engagement and Audiences at Arts Council England said: “Encouraging arts organisations to develop their family offer, and to consider the diverse needs of families in Britain today is really important. We are very pleased to continue to support the Family Arts Campaign, it has been a huge success to date and has reached a wide range of people.

“The Campaign continues to inspire artists, arts organisations and families to engage in a vast range of arts activities across the country. It provides time for families to get together and create shared memories, and to experience the power of engaging with the arts.”

  • To discover other family-friendly arts organisations visit familyartsfestival.com, or go to stgeorgesbristol.co.uk for details of family events including MiniBeats Brilliant Brass! on April 9

Family Arts Winners March 2017Dagmar Smeed (Head of Marketing & Communications), Catherine Freda (Head of Education) and Laura Tanner (Education Manager) accepting the awards at the ceremony, at Circomedia