About The Big Draw Festival

The Big Draw Festival is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can't! It's an opportunity to join a global community in celebration of the universal language of drawing.

From 1-31 October, every year, thousands of enjoyable and experiemntal drawing activities connect people of all ages with schools, galleries, museums, libraries, heritage sites, village halls, refugee organisations, outdoor spaces - allsorts of places - artists, scientists, designers, illustrators, inventors and each other.

Since launching in 2000, the festival has taken place in 28 countries around the world, engaged over 3 million people and even clocked up two world records.

Anyone can get involved in the festival. Some famous folk who have supported past events  include award-winning author Philip Pullman, Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, illustrators Oliver Jeffers, Posy Simmonds and Sir Quentin Blake, and many more. 

Find out more about:

The history of The Big Draw Festival 

The 2017 theme - Living Lines: An Animated Big Draw Festival

The Big Draw Awards


 Get Involved


Organise a Festival event

Whether you are an individual or representing an organisation, anyone can register an event as part of The Big Draw Festival. 

Once registered, event organisers have access to exclusive online event listings, resources (including logos, posters, stickers, mini magazines full of ideas) and offers, and benefit from extensive marketing and PR activity to promote the Festival’s events and organisers to targeted audiences.

Find out more about organising an event.


Attend a Festival event

  • View events for the 2016 UK Big Draw Festival  here.
  • View events that took place around the world in 2016 here.


Support the Festival

  • Drawing changes lives, help us to help others realise their potential. Donate today.
  • Become a Festival sponsor. Contact Kate Mason at kate@thebigdraw.org for more information.