Explore the full National Festival of Making Programme!

THE MARKETS, ART INSTALLATIONS, WORKSHOPS AND LIVE PERFORMANCE PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE AT THE UK’S FIRST NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MAKING PROGRAMMED HAVE NOW BEEN ANNOUNCED! YOU CAN EXPLORE THE FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME TAKING PLACE IN BLACKBURN, LANCASHIRE BETWEEN SAT 6 – SUN 7 MAY 2017 RIGHT HERE ON OUR WHAT’S ON PAGE WITH MORE STILL PROMISED TO APPEAR IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS. 

 

Live appearances from personalities including TV chefs and food entrepreneurs Gizzi Erskine, Aldo Zilli and Nigel Howarth are part of the exciting events now revealed, alongside opportunities to try tantalising street food from Polish Kielbasa to Vegan Mexican Churros, pick up specially made goods at The Teenage Market and more activities to get everyone ‘hands on’ by casting objects in plaster, printing posters and making music.

Alongside anticipated street-swelling visitor numbers, Blackburn’s town centre will experience dramatic transformations in the arrival the festival hub, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) Pavilion (Town Hall Square), BBC Treehouse (Cathedral Square) and a series of unusual, architecturally-designed, wooden MakerSheds (Cathedral Square). For two days, Blackburn cements its status as the UK’s current capital of making.

Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of The Festival of Making, said:

“This festival is unmissable; there can be no doubt about it. This is the first such celebration of making in this country and whether someone is an aspiring maker, curious about how things are made, crazy about shopping for the handmade or simply wishes to soak up the festival atmosphere with good food, drink and live performances, they will find what they are looking for here. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Blackburn.”

Taking place in venues open to the public, the vast majority of National Festival of Making events take place over both days between 11am – 6pm and are completely FREE to attend. Some events may have different times, be limited entry, require advance booking and/or involve a small charge, in which case such conditions are made clear on the website.
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12th - 13th May 2018 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The National Festival of Making Delivery Team

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The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund