Making a Living

Supporting maker entrepreneurs, artisans and future industrialists to make business

Celebrating a modern movement and a historic story of makers, artisans, creators, entrepreneurs, industrialists and visionaries that have the guts to MAKE, with business development opportunities for new and existing makers, networking and trading platforms.

Throughout the festival weekend, artists, makers and designers – selected for the quality and originality of their work will be trading in the Marketplace, guest curated by Hopeful & Glorious whilst young makers have the opportunity to sell their wares at the Teenage Market.

In the run up to the weekend join the Business Innovation for Growth Conference (BIG) with Creative Lancashire for a series of panels, workshops and seminars and taking place at unique manufacturer locations in Pennine Lancashire, is a series of conversations with industry experts from making fashion to making sculpture.


Festival Themes

6th - 7th May 2017 | Blackburn, Lancashire

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