12 & 13 May 2018

FREE FESTIVAL | 12th—13th May 2018 | Blackburn, LANCASHIRE

The National Festival of Making is a unique celebration of UK making, from the factory floor to the kitchen table.

Taking place over two festival days in May, with long term projects running throughout the year, The National Festival of making takes over the streets of Blackburn with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and above all, an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone to enjoy.

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Get High-Tech and Hands-On with STEAM

Get High-Tech and Hands-On with STEAM

21st April 2018

Dismantle a virtual jet engine, wrestle with robotics or get hands-on with cutting-edge technologies

Martyn Ware Seeks Memories of Tony's Ballroom

Martyn Ware Seeks Memories of Tony's Ballroom

12th April 2018

Dancing the night away - send us your memories, mementoes and music from Tony’s Empress Ballroom

Amazing Makers at the National Festival of Making

Amazing Makers at the National Festival of Making

12th April 2018

The best in lovingly-made street food, fashion, arts and crafts.

Lancashire Makers and Memories Wanted

Lancashire Makers and Memories Wanted

9th April 2018

for The Making of a South Asian Wedding

Such a boost for civic pride in Blackburn!

David Coggins

A brilliant achievement; great potential for putting the town on the UK map for an international audience.

Festival Visitor

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the town so alive. Very excited about the future and all the town’s emerging creative possibilities!

 

SCOTT BRADLEY, FILMMAKER | NORTHERN HEART FILMS

We absolutely loved it. It far exceeded my expectations and made me really proud to be part of Blackburn.

Festival Visitor

Heart warming, inspiring, interesting. What a fantastic thing for Blackburn and its people, for local and national making of all kinds.

Festival Visitor

There was such a positive vibe and a beautiful diverse turnout that celebrated everything Lancashire is and was.

Zainab Bilal

Everything about the festival was so brilliantly done, and I have heard nothing but enormous positivity from everyone who attended. You’ve all done a huge thing for this town.

Patrick Grant

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Sponsors

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund

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