12 & 13 May 2018


House of Hemingway has grown to include the multi-disciplinary and award winning HemingwayDesign, HemingwayDigital and Hemingway-directed events, such as The Vintage FestivalClassic Car Boot Sale and The Urban Village Fete. All of this is led by two generations of the Hemingway family and a pool of talented designers. Our work takes us across interiors, landscape planning and housing regeneration, to exhibitions, event planning, products and fashion – and we do it all with a community-focused conscience.

Deco Publique is a creative practice based by the sea in Morecambe. Our work is about place and experience – we consider the cultural possibilities across festivals, events and projects in coastal spaces and Northern towns, producing work that resonates with audiences and has a tangible impact on place and location. We work with people creatively and operationally to produce beautiful cultural festivals and projects. Deco Publique are the Lead Producers for The National Festival of Making.



Established in 2001 we are a design company that are focused on ideas and collaboration. A husband and wife partnership with a great in-house team who believe in building wonderful and long term relationships with our clients. Small, but we feel, perfectly formed, we combine our multi-disciplinary skills with other talented local companies to deliver design solutions that are engaging and relevant.

Perspective Communications/Content, based in the North West of England, has provided organisations including BMG Records, Bristol New Music, British Paraorchestra, Quays Culture, Wales Millennium Centre, James Cropper Paper, The Lowry, Cardiff Contemporary and The National Festival of Making with successful communications support for over half a decade. Led by freelance Communications Specialist, Rob Allen, the consultancy offers clients across creative sectors access to a changing digital and traditional media relations and multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary communications practices, drawn from wide-ranging experience from major outdoor events to commercial product launches and complex organisational change programmes.



Super Slow Way is part of Arts Council England’s Creative People & Places programme, designed to empower communities in Pennine Lancashire to take the lead in shaping local arts provision. Super Slow Way is working with communities along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Blackburn to Pendle, bringing art and artists to a space where time slows down, to look afresh at how people live their fast-paced lives and how they relate to their environment, neighbourhoods and to each other.

Community-led commissions will allow people to invite artists to work with them, to help them extend their current activity, experiment with new ideas and create new opportunities, some of which will happen on the waterway itself. Super Slow Way encourages people to bring their ideas, however small and unformed, and develop a brief for an artist to work with them, be they a mums and toddlers group, a manufacturing company, a cricket team or a choir.

Festival of Making Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed to oversee the development and delivery of The National Festival of Making concept. The Festival of Making is supported by designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE, who started his world-famous fashion label, Red or Dead, in Blackburn in 1983. Joining together with successful festival and creative project producers Deco Publique, The Community Interest Company will devise works and opportunities that create a positive making narrative for Blackburn and the UK through an annual festival platform.


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!



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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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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