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The Harris will temporarily close from 5pm on Saturday 2 October.

Lancashire Encounter is back!

Artists for Family Picnic at Lancashire Encounter 2021

Artists for Family Picnic at Lancashire Encounter 2021
13 September 2021

Lancashire Encounter makes a welcome return to Preston City Centre this month after an extended cultural hiatus brought about by the pandemic.

Kicking off on Friday 17 September and running to Saturday 2 October, Encounter celebrates Lancashire's rich and diverse cultural offer and sees the city brought to life with an exciting programme of contemporary and community arts from across the county.

Funded by Arts Council England and Preston City Council, the festival showcases the city's long history of hosting successful cultural events and will include a spectacular variety of performances, exhibitions, family-friendly activities and creative commissions, accessible to all age groups.

Key highlights include a Family Picnic in Winckley Square with lots of fun shows for all the family to be entertained by; an exciting dance piece documenting the Preston story of Dick Kerr's Ladies; a 4 metre tall puppet telling a heartfelt and memorable story of division, hope and belonging; 'HOWL' a film created by 100 people howling on Preston bus station; two visual arts exhibitions that take their inspiration from the working of cotton and a number of other newly commissioned artistic pieces.

The festival will take place at key locations across Preston including the Flag Market, the Harris, the Bus Station and The MET, Preston's newest venue - the Mobile Event Tent.

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for culture and arts at Preston City Council, said:

"It's hard to believe we're back but we are, and I can't wait to see the city full of theatre and music again. We all deserve to have a great time!

"There's definitely something for everyone so take a look at the programme online and plan your visit. Extending the festival to two full weeks means we can showcase even more great talent as events and shows make a welcome return to the city."

All festival events are FREE to attend (except the Salsa Party), and full consideration has been given to social distancing and ventilation in response to the ongoing pandemic. Many of the indoor events have limited spaces, so booking in advanced is recommended.

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

More information

  • 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.
  • Preston City Council staged its first Lancashire Encounter Festival in 2015 as a pilot, showcasing the work of artists from across the county and community activities, drawing in 20,000 attendees
  • Following the success of the pilot, the first full-scale Lancashire Encounter Festival was hosted in 2016
  • The 2020 Festival was postponed due to Covid-19 and is now taking place from Friday 17 Sept - Saturday 2 Oct 2021
  • Sponsors - Arts Council England and Preston City Council
  • Partners - University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire County Council, Without Walls Associate Touring Network

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