Making Noise

An eclectic mix of music and sound experiences prove that ANYONE can make music!


A programme bursting with artist commissions and performances, alive with extraordinary and memorable musical experiences, MAKING NOISE connects festivalgoers with installations, performances, DJs, instrument-making workshops and much much more.

Everyone is invited to play the ILLUMAPHONIUM, a dynamic, multi-sensory and interactive installation created by musician and inventor Michael Davis. Standing over three-and-a-half metres tall, the Illumaphonium is a beautifully tuned array of illuminated aluminium chime bars, creating a semi-acoustic, semi-automatic music making sculpture.

MAKE IT UP will see over 40 young people in Blackburn and Darwen create a musical composition for the streets of the town. Festival of Making are delighted to be working in collaboration with Blackburn Music Hub and More Music to produce this new commission.

Ever made a trumpet from a toilet roll?! Musical Making workshops will provide people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to MAKE SOME NOISE.
Keep checking back for performance times and more programme highlights coming soon!


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Festival Themes

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