New programme for 2019 coming soon
In 2018 we delivered 157 different workshops, performances, markets, projects, art commissions and activities!
Our What’s on page currently shows you how we ‘made it’ in 2018 and gives you a flavour of the kind of activities that you could take part in at The National Festival of Making next year.
We will be announcing the festivals new dates soon – follow us on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the icons in the top corner of this website, so you can get the news first!
Fantabulous flowers dresses by Myerscough College on the Best in Show Stage, King Williams Street and delightful designs from Blackburn College check upstairs in King George’s Hall.
In 2017 Blackburn College Get Set students worked with British Fashion Designer Henry Holland to created a range of designer iconic t.shirts and mugs as festival merchandise. Get your screen-printed goods from a specially designed pop up stall by Cardboard Box Company.
A daytime show of Radio Lancashire’s best music, presenters with maker interviews and guest appearances keeping you entertained in the lively food court at Cathedral Square
A rousing performance from the stars of last years Art in Manufacturing commission by Jamie Holman. The choir will be performing an unaccompanied four-part choral performance each day.
Join two 2nd year art students Emma and Lydia as they celebrate a 100 years of women winning the right to vote. Screenprint a protest signs with empowering quotes and facts about women in Suffragette violet and green.
Make an embroidered lavender bag, friendship bracelet or a bag charm with BwD Adult Learning.
Giving is one of the five ways to well being, make a gift and learn a new skill!
Using traditional techniques on domestic knitting machine, you can design a unique letter-form in pixels, and then manufacture it as a physical knitting pattern sample to take home.
Discover this huge 19th Century printing press in the Skills and Labour Gallery. Crank it up and print one of Julia Swarbricks 8 festival theme designs to take home with you!
Make like a Victorian, dress up and create your own portraits inspired by the gallery around you in this FREE, walk-in workshop
A demonstration of selected stages of the making process of handmade keyboard instruments. From designing on paper to to fine tuning with a chance to talk about the design concepts involved.
ELMRO present Starline, their single loop model train track in action complete with a handmade village and station. They will be crafting a Polish WW2 Destroyer Grom boat in 1/72nd scale using plasti card and plasti welding at the festival.
The National Saturday Club is a new model but not a new idea. Between the late 1940s and 1970s, British art schools opened their doors on Saturdays to give young teenagers a taste of what it would be like to study art. Saturday Clubs are back! And are open to 13–16 year olds and free to attend.
Enabling over 50’s to discover craft and creation online, Age UK Blackburn with Darwen are helping and enabling people to find the best online craft and creative resources. The Age UK One Digital project aims to encourage and enable older people to get the most out of being online.
Free Guitar & Drum workshops for both adults & children, giving you the chance to showcase your skills or try something new! McNally Music Tuition will also be giving away FREE 30 minute trial lessons! Drum kits, guitars and expert tuition – jam with your friends, compete in the drummer challenge or play your favourite beats and rifts to passing audiences