2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July


The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image

Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, the festival presents another eclectic programme of shorts exploring our relationship with materials and making. Discover documentaries, maker profiles, music videos and hand-crafted animations from around the globe that celebrate craft in all its facets.

Film offers makers unique possibilities of expression. It can capture transformations; material, time-based and otherwise, it can present singular and multiple narratives, it can enable the representation of the temporal and performative, and it can take a micro or macro view. In Real to Reel  the films are grouped into three thematic sections – material narratives, performative making and animated craft – each immersing us in new environments and providing a different experience of craft.

Played on a reel, you can drop into watch this at as you shop at the Maker Market in King George’s Hall and at the Cathedral.

(Sunday Cathedral Reel to Reel showings are between 12pm and 4pm)

Presented in association with Creative Lancashire



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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