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Lancashire Encounter

Preston City Centre will be transformed into an impressive arena of world class outdoor and Lancashire arts, celebrating the heritage and creativity of the county

Lancashire Encounter Festival is a new weekend celebration packed with quality performances, workshops, quirky installations and even a Procession of Light. Be prepared to see some amazing performances, experience the streets of Preston illuminated, discover new things and be surprised.

See Preston in a new light

See Preston in a new light and discover unusual spaces; The Red Rose down Surgeon’s Court, Forest Bazzaar on the Grassy Knoll, Arts Full’s Paper Extravaganza and Gold Thread Bobbins amongst Preston’s Independent retailers down Cannon and Guild Hall Streets.

Not forgetting to take in Brace Yourself at the Train Station, Core “part 1” on the balcony of Preston Guild Hall and a full weekend of activity with Pride and Community Expo on the Flag Market.

The Lancashire Encounter Programme

Preston City Centre will be transformed into an impressive arena of world class outdoor and Lancashire arts, celebrating the heritage and creativity of the county. A packed programme of performance, music, street theatre and art at various locations across three days promises to immerse audiences in both intimate experiences and large scale spectacles.

The Red Rose installation of 4000 bright red balloons down Surgeon’s Court will transform Preston into a rose-tinged wonderland. There is something around every corner that will intrigue and delight including many artistic adventures in unusual spaces such as the curious Forest Bazzaar on the Grassy Knoll and Artfull’s Paper Extravaganza and Gold Thread Bobbins among Preston’s Independent retailers down Cannon and Guild Hall Streets.

Hilights include The Wheel House – a moving acrobatic show inside a circular set and the opportunity to meet Spacelord Scientist Dr NEW in interstellar street theatre show Alien Robots Stole My IPig.  The brilliant outdoor and immersive theatre company Les Enfants Terribles are also bringing their weirdest wonder emporium the Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie to town.

Dancing on the streets begins with Light Migrations led by Ludus, a mass performance celebrating the Lancashire Voice featuring over 100 performers and award-winning musician and producer Kuljit Bhamhra’s Chutney which tells the story of a princess under the spell of a wicked spirit.

The impressive dance programme across the weekend includes the energetic Core (part 1) a new commission performed on a bespoke structure on the balcony of Preston’s Guild Hall, Pass by Hawk Dance Theatre where dancers and passers-by become interchangeable, Brace Yourself by UClan and Ludo Dance which breaks the boundaries of commuting at Preston Station and the mesmerising Push, a brilliant duet by Manchester’s celebrated Company Chameleon.

It’s worth staying up late for the large-scale spectacular The Procession of Light at 8pm on Saturday themed around both illumination and inventiveness.

Whether you plan carefully or simply stumble across intriguing and out of the ordinary happenings, Lancashire Encounter is a brilliant outdoor autumn adventure.

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We are an Art Award Supporter

Lancashire Encounter is pleased to announce we are an Arts Award Supporter offering a range of opportunities for young people who are completing their Arts Award.

Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world in any art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

The programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills and is open to anyone aged up to 25 years through 5 different levels: Discover Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Throughout the festival you will find a variety of art forms and activities that can contribute to your Arts Award suiting the participation, watching, reviewing and find out elements of the Awards. To find out more information about Arts Award visit the art awards website or art award voice.

Food and Drink

To complement the festival there will also be a high quality food and drink offer, pop-up bar and market place to create a lively festival atmosphere.

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Detailed information on all the events, activities and acts will be added in the coming weeks.