There’s no place like “Dome” as BID launch Street Fairs for Blackburn

Blackburn Business Improvement District have revealed that visitors to a new series of street fairs will be able to enjoy 4K projections in a spellbinding geodesic dome.

A seasonal programme of town centre street fairs will begin on Saturday 20th May as the Blackburn BID kicks off a calendar of outdoor events to support local businesses and increase footfall in the town centre.

Stall holders will be gathered on King William Street in the area outside Marks and Spencer and on Town Hall Square where street food traders will feature around a central pop up food court and entertainment arena.

A 360 degree cinema housed within an impressive dome shaped installation which will show a programme of specially made, planetarium style presentations. The structure is being presented by Blackburn born, Joe Wilkinson of creative start-up company, Jellyfishmoon who will be using spherical mirror projection to show a range of specially made films. Joe told us,

Bringing together our shared love of music, art, film and architecture, the aim is to bring our creations to life and we can’t wait to bring the dome to Blackburn. Using these structures, we create fully immersive productions with an emphasis on recognising the relationship between light, sound and vision.

A pop up bandstand will feature local live entertainment including performances by the Accrington Pipe Band and the Clitheroe Ukulele Band. There will also be a display of owls and hawks.

Organisers, Blackburn BID (Business Improvement District) received a HIVE award for creating a buzz in Blackburn in 2016. The BID worked with the Town Centre team at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to lead the town centre’s winning application in the Great British High Street Awards.

BID Manager, Harriet Roberts said,

For those people who haven’t been back to the town recently, the seasonal street fairs are a great way of seeing the changes in Blackburn and to find out why we won the Great British High Street award. We are inviting visitors to be our guest this year and this is the beginning of an exciting programme that will take us on a journey through to a spectacular Christmas.

The street fairs will take place on Saturday 20 May, Saturday 15 July and Saturday 30 September, with a giant Christmas Street Fair within huge marquees across the whole town centre on Saturday 16 December. Stall holders are invited to take advantage of discounts by booking a pitches for all four events. Entertainers wishing to perform at the street fairs should email details of their performance style and requested fees to

More details can be found on the Blackburn BID website

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