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Lancashire Encounter Festival

  • North West
  • crafts, combined arts, dance, film, museums, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Esther Ferry-Kennington


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 17th September and running to 2nd 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.

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.

To book tickets and for further information on this year’s exciting Lancashire Encounter festival programme visit  

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