Festival of Making 2017
Contact InformationBlackburn Town Centre
King William Street
The first National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn on Saturday, 6th May and Sunday, 7th May, 2017. This is an opportunity to see, make and do for residents and visitors to Blackburn town centre as The Festival of Making takes over the streets with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and above all, an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone.
With twice the national average of people employed in the manufacturing industry, and a community of talented and creative makers working from homes and studios in Lancashire and around the North West of England, the festival will be a vibrant celebration of our unrivalled making heritage and its bright future.
Deliberately set in the producing heartland of Blackburn, the festival will explore and celebrate the present day diversity in the range, scale and skills of UK-based making. Manufacturers large and small will collaborate with artists on a series of new commissions, interlacing often traditional techniques and materials with challenging, contemporary ideas, each to be revealed as part of the final two day, town centre festival.
Wayne Hemingway, joint founder of the National Festival of Making CIC and of HemingwayDesign, said: “This is a new kind of festival for a new age of making, one where the economy is centred around not only quality, skill and ingenuity, but one that fits into a shifting landscape of social change, of a welcome diversity of people and one of a networked, digital age. By commissioning artists to work with manufacturers in Blackburn and Darwen, the festival is provoking new and exciting ideas that strike a chord through creativity and imagination. Yet we're here also to underscore the remarkable fact that this area still has a successful manufacturing economy unlike of a scale greater than just about anywhere else in the UK and can provide inspiration to others.
“Above all we are here to have a celebration so expect The Festival of Making’s music to make you move your feet, it’s street food to tickle your taste buds, its craft beers to hit the spot and its workshops to introduce you to new skills.”
In the centre of Blackburn close to The Mall shopping centre.
Public Transport Directions
Within 10 minutes walk of the rail & bus station. There are good public transport links to all surrounding towns & cities.
Contact Blackburn Visitor Centre for further details 01254 688040.
For information outside normal office hours: Traveline 0871 200 2223 or National Rail 08457 484950