The National Festival of Making event will take place this year on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2022, 10am to 6pm, in Blackburn town centre.
It will include:
- Taste Lancashire Market, Hopeful & Glorious Makers Market, and Blackburn BID’s Future Makers Market
- Showcasing Art in Manufacturing commissions which have taken place over the last 2 years
- New Art in Manufacturing commissions
- Exciting creative workshops
- Art installations in empty shops
- A music stage on Cathedral Square
- Roaming performers
- Artist Talks
The National Festival of Making attracts thousands of visitors each day from across the country. We will be providing as much information as possible to visitors who are new to the town centre (and those who think they know it!) to ensure that the town centre and our BID members get as much benefit as possible from the event.
Please think about how you can make the most of the thousands of extra visitors to the town centre over the weekend. You may want to change your opening hours inline with the event, you may want to have special offers or discounts for those visiting the event, you may want to dress your window to show support and link with it.
Blackburn BID will be running a Future Makers Market, as we did for the 2019 event, on Ainsworth Street. It provides an opportunity for young makers, designers, artists, creators, crafters and upcyclers to have a free stall to showcase and sell their work. It’s supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs who could be future town centre businesses.
If you know of anyone aged 16-24 (or younger with the support of an adult) who would fit the criteria and might be interested in being part of the Future Makers Market, please let me know.
We’re also going to be supporting the event by contributing to their security costs. Please let me know if you’d like any more information about the event.