MAKE PLANS for The National Festival of Making – Programme Now Announced!

Published: 01 May 2018
Category: Featured News
A tonne of fresh clay, ready for shaping by festival-goers creative hands will be delivered to Blackburn town centre on both, fun-packed, family friendly and FREE-to-attend days of The National Festival of Making, just one of more than 140 activities and workshops now confirmed. Entering its second year, after attracting over 30,000 people in 2017, the festival announces its full programme of art, entertainment and hands-on activities to tempt both curious newcomers and expert makers, offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ of inspiration and new making experiences. The packed programme of pre-booked and drop-in workshops, market shopping and live performances has been announced to inspire people of all ages, whether curious newcomers or expert makers. Visit and MAKE plans! As well as joining in a communal, day-long, drop-in clay modelling experience, the festival revives skills from Britain’s ‘endangered crafts’ list, opens up abandoned buildings for dramatic new artworks, welcomes new music with BBC Introducing, revives the sights, sounds and spirit of a 1980s South Asian wedding and exhibits a series of rarely seen photographs from Lancashire’s treasured Talbot Archive. Creating another, unforgettable weekend the town centre will come alive with a family-friendly, festival feeling. Supported again by co-founder and influential designer, Wayne Hemingway, The National Festival of Making brings together artists, designers, national and international manufacturers, small-scale makers and the public together to explore their making potential. Located under an hour’s drive from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds and reachable by rail and bus, the festival finds its home in Blackburn once again, where the manufacturing industry and the entrepreneurial spirit are still in full bloom. We hope you can MAKE it! To catch up with the latest announcements about performances taking place as part of The National Festival of Making 2018 and information on how to get involved, visit and sign up to the mailing list and connect on social media at: #festivalofmaking

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