Lancashire Encounter 2021

Friday 17th September 2021 12:00 PM to Saturday 2nd October 2021 11:00 PM

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With a packed programme of events and things to do, Lancashire Encounter is a festival not to be missed...

Lancashire Encounter 2021

Lancashire Encounter Festival is an authentic voice for Lancashire, celebrating the breadth of the County's diverse cultural offer with high quality and high profile arts. Taking place every other year at the end of September, Lancashire Encounter sees the city of Preston buzzing with life and alight with creativity.

For 2021, the festival takes places in and around Preston from 17th September to 2nd October 2021.


The past Lancashire Encounters have seen an array of spectacular performances, inspiring arts and impressive music, bringing spectators to their feet.

Preston City Council staged its first Lancashire Encounter Festival in 2015 as a pilot. The weekend event showcased the work of artists from across the Lancashire County and community activities, drawing in 20,000 attendees. Recognising the potential of the event to grow and impact the communities, artists and arts organisations of Lancashire, as well as attract visitors into the County, it was agreed the event should become a bi-annual cultural festival.

Why visit Lancashire Encounter?

The Lancashire Encounter Festival not only brings together the city of Preston, it also brings together the Lancashire County and those further afield.

The bustling streets and opportunities to get involved create a memorable and vibrant weekend, with local artists and performers sharing their talent with the crowds.

Whatever the 2021 festival brings, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable Encounter.

Without Walls

The Lancashire Encounter Festival is a member of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network.

Without Walls is the UK's largest commissioner of outdoor arts shows, taking inspiring new work to audiences all over the country and beyond. For more information visit Without Walls.


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