Ten projects chosen for ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ UK festival of creativity

The Guardian showcase the ten UNBOXED commissions, highlighting PoliNations as a celebration of the multicultural origins of the UK’s people and plants.

Ten projects selected from nearly 300 submitted ideas form a “once-in-a-lifetime” extravaganza, according to Martin Green, Unboxed’s chief creative officer, who was the head of ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics.

He said it was the UK’s “biggest and most ambitious public creative programme to date. Unboxed represents an unprecedented and timely opportunity for people to come together across the UK and beyond and take part in awe-inspiring projects that speak to who we are and explore the ideas that will define our futures.”

Free events will take place “from the Outer Hebrides to Dover, and from Omagh to Swansea, right across the UK” between March and October next year, said Green. Thousands of schoolchildren will take part in competitions and educational programmes, and hundreds of jobs and “opportunities for emerging talent” will be created.

“As the programme unfolds, it will both entertain us and inspire us to imagine what the future might hold.” Dame Vikki Heywood, the chair of the Unboxed board.

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