The National Festival of Making Announces 2022 Dates!

24 January 2022 by Michelle

We are excited to announce that the fourth edition of the National Festival of Making Weekend returns to Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June 2022.

The National Festival of Making Announces 2022 Dates!

A festival for everyone, whether you're curious about craft, design, heritage, science, technology or art.

Working with makers, artists, manufacturers and festival communities, the National Festival of Making are building a participatory festival programme that will encompass making of all scales - bookable and drop in making workshops; art and industry commissions; artisan craft and local food producers marketplaces; community embedded projects; and celebratory music and performance, bringing us back together through shared experiences.

Anna Ray in front of one of her textile pieces featured at Festival of Making in 2019
Anna Ray, whose work featured at the National Festival of Making in 2019.

Due to Covid-19, the festival weekend’s in 2020 and 2021 were unable to go ahead. During this time, they developed a new programme of work to bring cultural experiences to audiences. The covid safe programme included the public art project, Of Earth & Sky with artist Luke Jerram and local poets; working with international inflatable makers Architects of Air, online workshops; and a Graduate Mentoring programme for creative graduates who were affected by lockdown restrictions along with a series of other projects and commissions working with artists, makers and communities throughout.

As they move into 2022 and beyond, the Festival of Making will continue to develop and deliver a year round programme alongside the festival weekend, bringing creative opportunities, artist development, and MAKING to their audiences.

In the meantime, save the dates: Saturday 11th June and Sunday 12th June 2022, and follow them on social media to stay up to date with announcements.

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Scenes from the National Festival of Making in 2019

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