2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

The Bureau Cinema Club

The National Festival of Making has built a wealth of engaging making films through commissions and projects which have been curated to show on a loop at the Bureau cinema room.

A great place to relax while your little ones join the free cooking session –  Less Waste: More Taste


Remember Me

Jamie Holman’s film was created with you participation at last years festival. Come and watch the final edit wth your contribution!

We Take Them and We Make Them

A series of film by members of Blackburn Youth Zone,  inspired by Mitchell & Kenyon’s shorts, themed around Blackburn’s daily life and created under the mentorship of Aaron Dunleavy.

Art in Manufacturing 2018

An all new series of AIM films featuring each artist and factory pairing for this years headline festival project created by Wash Design Studio and commissioned by Creative Lancashire.

National Festival of Making 2017

Last years promotional festival film created by O Productions 

Maker Profiles by Northern Heart

An all new series of maker films created Northern Heart and commissioned by the festival give you an insider view of makers practices

A Thousand Mile Dress

Katie Duxbury’s  film documents her personal challenge to walk a thousand miles in a handmade bottle-cap dress over a year. Katie will feature her dress and deliver a workshop at the festival weekend. Read more here



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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