New study finds creativity boosts overall happiness

6 January 2017

Also this week: 11-year-old British composer debuts first opera in Vienna

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Picture credit: Comber Grove Primary School, photographed by Roger Brown

New study finds creativity boosts overall happiness

According to a new study, individuals who practice a creative activity once a day, no matter their skill level, are happier than those who don't. Read more

New British books prize for BAME authors unveils inaugural longlist

The Jhalak prize lines up 12 titles – taking in fiction, history, politics and YA fantasy – showcasing ‘the strength, range and promise’ of UK writers of colour. Read more

British Museum and other institutions to mark anniversary of Sexual Offences Act with exhibitions and events

Galleries and museums across the country will celebrate the anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which officially decriminalised private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales, with a host of exhibitions and events. Read more

Britain's literary stars celebrated with 2017 tourism campaign for England

VisitEngland will be celebrating Britain’s literary stars in 2017, using fictional characters such as Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes and famous authors like Jane Austen and Enid Blyton to drive English tourism in a post-Brexit era. Read more

Out of Joint launches £8k Wit Award playwriting prize

Out of Joint has launched an £8,000 playwriting prize specifically for new writers who already work in theatre. Read more

11-year-old British composer debuts first opera in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer has earned comparisons with Mozart after her opera opened in Vienna to a standing ovation. Read more


London Short Film Festival 2017

LSFF returns once more to the ICA, for 10 days of groundbreaking new documentary, experimental and fictional short films, as well as special events. Find out more

Family Arts Conference 2017

Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley will welcome arts professionals from across the UK to learn and share best practice in working with families. Find out more

Pilvi Takala at Pump House

Pump House Gallery presents an exhibition building on The Committee, a 2013 project by artist Pilvi Takala which offered children from a youth centre in Bow £7,000 to spend on whatever they want. What did they choose? A bouncy castle, of course. Find out more