Almost 50,000 people took part in the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test. It suggested that being creative can help avoid stress, free up mind space and improve self-development, which helps build self-esteem. The findings also said there are emotional benefits from taking part in even a single session of creativity. But there are cumulative benefits from regular engagement in arts activities and trying new pursuits is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing, it suggests. The results were revealed on Wednesday as part of the Get Creative Festival – the UK-wide celebration of creativity that runs from 11-19 May.

Now is your chance to Get Creative at libraries across York – build a keyboard, create a flag, design a bag, learn some embroidery or make a wax food wrap! There is something for everyone at participating libraries.

These workshops are part of the #GetCreativeFestival.  Get Creative Festival is a national celebration of everything creative, taking place across the UK from 11 – 19 May 2019. The annual festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in every community and encourages people to try their hand at something new and get actively involved in creativity in their local area. To find out more:

See our What’s On page to see the Get Creative events taking place at selected libraries around York.

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