The first National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 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.
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.
The National Festival of Making focuses on 8 festival themes and promises to entertain you with:
The results of this series of remarkable collaborations will be discovered in unusual locations as we unite artists and local industrial manufacturers in a creative embrace.
Fantastic Food Traders
Eat, Drink and Discover, irresistible street food traders who shake up your taste buds as you sample their goods.
Supporting entrepreneurs and creatives who take their hobbies to the next level, take home the best in British making as you browse handmade items from our favourite art, design and crafts people.
Premiering at The National Festival of Making, a series of specially commissioned films featuring the families who turn their homes into production lines.
Workshops and Talks
Fun, supportive and revealing events in the company of professional makers that give visitors of any background and age the chance to discover their flair for making. This festival is hands-on!
Live music and street performance
An innovative and creative range of performers will mingle into the crowds or have you tapping your feet to the beat at unusual locations all weekend.
Exhibitions and demonstrations
From adventurous and innovative makers whose passion for design and invention has evolved innovative products.
With many more unique experiences to come! Keep up to date with the festival program as new announcements are made by signing up to our newsletter below.