27th April – 5th May

In the days preceding the weekend celebration of making Creative Lancashire in association with partners including Crafts Council, Make it British, Central Research Laboratory, Lancashire Business View and others present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners/makers and other businesses.

Through a series of Conversations in Creativity talks, Masterclass in Making workshops and Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) seminar discussions, the conference events will address key themes relevant to creative practitioners involved in the maker movement and manufactures. 

Key Themes: 

New Global Strategies for the Industry 4.0 Age – The Internationalisation of Innovation: In spite of easy access to a plethora of publications, courses and specialists in innovation businesses of all sizes often struggle to systemise success. We take a look at leading and pioneering organisations, and how they make doing new things successfully (and repeatably), across global markets.

Politics of Production: With shifting political and social boundaries influences on how, where and why things are made are changing rapidly. We will stimulate a debate about the choices a maker (of any scale) has to make today for the products of tomorrow, whilst examining the impact of emerging consumer markets and demand for goods.

The New Consumer: Are we seeing a generational shift in the behaviors associated with choosing and using a product? We’d like to explore what motivates the new consumer and explore how manufacturers are responding to the challenge.


12th - 13th May 2018 | 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