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3rd June 2019

Panaz support the 3rd Festival of Making 2019

Panaz is delighted to be supporting the third ‘Festival of Making’ taking place in Blackburn this year on 15th and 16th June this year.

Major industry, contemporary artists, diverse communities, artisan and modern makers will come together again for a summer of invention as Lancashire looks forward to June 2019 and the return of acclaimed ‘must-visit’ festival.

A uniquely innovative fixture on the UK festivals calendar, 40,000 people attended the 2018 edition to take part in an array of making activities, encounter outdoor performances, innovations in science and technology and art installations alongside the finest in food, drink and handmade design.
Festival organisers, including co-founder, Wayne Hemingway MBE, call on artists and British manufacturers to get involved in an even more ambitious event next summer.
Britain’s revolution in hands-on creativity, contemporary manufacturing and tech-led making shows no sign of slowing and the festival that shouts loudest about the brilliance of the nation’s makers, The National Festival of Making, will return to Blackburn, Lancashire on Sat 15 – Sun 16 June 2019.

Entering its third year, the free-to-attend festival moves to a summer date for the first time.
Attracting 40,000 people to Britain’s making and manufacturing heartland of Lancashire in 2018, visitors to the ambitious, town centre event can expect to encounter more makers in workshops for all ages and backgrounds, find the work of renowned artists in unusual locations and indulge in independent market shopping.

Wayne Hemingway says: “What has been achieved by The National Festival of Making in just two years is nothing short of remarkable. Blackburn hadn’t previously been renowned as a place of weekend festivals. Most importantly, The National Festival of Making is helping the region reclaim its status as Britain’s making and manufacturing hotbed. This is something that has always been in the ‘place DNA’ of the region and will stand it good stead for its future well-being.”
From textiles to terracotta, Blackburn, neighbouring Darwen and Lancashire are at the heart of making history in Britain, a place where the Industrial Revolution blossomed and where manufacturing and entrepreneurship still blooms. The National Festival of Making aims to raise national, if not international awareness of the benefits of making and inspire others to consider their own talents, aspirations and making potential.

Lauren Zawadzki, Festival Director of The National Festival of Making and Deco Publique, says: “For two years the festival has created a living experience of making in Blackburn town centre with and for communities – we continue to challenge ourselves to create an inclusive, meaningful and high quality festival that provides making for everyone. Through hundreds of partnerships and extensive community engagement, Lancashire has taken the festival on as its own, but this is also a nationally relevant festival weekend and one that increasingly will attract culture visitors to Blackburn and Lancashire. If you’re interested in making of any kind, there is nowhere better to be this June than in Blackburn.