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Festival of Communities

Call for Activities

Run an activity at the Festival of Communities Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June. Graphic of bunting and a park fence.

Queen Mary is looking for staff and students across all subjects and Schools to propose ideas of activities they would like to run at the Festival of Communities 2023. 

The activities at the Festival are designed for local families to learn something new or try something different, and to provide an opportunity for everyone involved to meet and interact with people they haven’t met before. These varied activities will need to be table-top based but could be hands-on, demonstrations, stalls, sharing stories and views, or another way – we’re open to different ideas!  


There is a suite of support on offer to assist you in taking part in the Festival of Communities: 

  • Find out more about the Festival and our plans for 2023 at a Festival Information Webinar
  • Discuss your activity ideas with the Festival team at a 1:1 advice session
  • Come along to a 'How to design a Festival of Communities activity' session  delivered by the Centre for Public Engagement team on Wednesday 15 March
  • Funding of up to £500 is available for Queen Mary activities led by staff and students which wouldn’t be able to take part otherwise, to create new Queen Mary engagement activities to feature at the Festival of Communities 2023.
    More details can be found in the Guidance Document below. 

Please note that you are unable to apply to the Centre for Public Engagement Small Grants scheme for activity at the Festival of Communities.  

Submit your Activity

Fill in the form below to submit your Festival activity pitch. 

The  Guide to taking part in the Festival of Communities 2023 [PDF 1,157KB] contains key information that will help you design your activity and strengthen your pitch.

There is also the Festival of Communities Funding Guidance - Queen Mary [PDF 125KB] for those who might need funding to take part. Please make sure you read these before submitting the online form below. 

You are able to download the Festival of Communities 2023 - QM Activity Call Questions [DOC 42KB] as a document to help plan your activity and responses. When you're ready to submit, please use the online form below. 

The deadline for funding applications is the end of day on Thursday 30 March. 
All applicants will be informed by the end of Friday 21 April if their activities have been successful to feature in the Festival. 


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