2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Press & PR

The National Festival of Making and Art In Manufacturing is built on a wealth of experience of benefit to the media when approaching stories relating to arts, cultural, creative and education industries. The highly experienced, award-winning team works year-round to connect issues of regeneration and placemaking, commissioning high-quality, critically-engaged cultural offers to promote wider access to creative, academic and practical experiences for the public at large. Spokespeople can provide comment, case studies and in-the-field evidence on topics including:

  • Collaboration between the arts and industry/commerce
  • Creativity and placemaking in the English regions
  • Festivals production and audience development
  • Commissioning arts and creative events within communities


To initiate a conversation regarding spokespersons comment, securing quotes and contributions to articles, cultural consultancy, or specialist commissioning, contact Anita Morris Associates:

Office / 01943 603311
anita@anitamorrisassociates.co.uk / 07976 584592
anys@anitamorrisassociates.co.uk / 07909 151441

Selected Press

The festival felt like Blackburn had become a destination!

Visitor Survey

It was great. I love the way that Blackburn tells the story of its making heritage too in a very 21 century way. You should go!

Marie Millward | Twitter

Quality activites, something for all & no screens in sight! Great example for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

@communikat | Twitter

The hugely visionary & engaging @festofmaking was a huge multi organisation & agency #humdinger of bobby dazzling proportions! Huge thumbs up!

Sir Bill Taylor



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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