Can you ‘Make’ our free family festival?

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The National Festival of Making, a free family festival is coming to Blackburn town centre on May 6-7

The festival, directed by design guru Wayne Hemingway MBE, will see the town centre transformed into a hotbed of activity with exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and performances all based on Making of one kind of another.

Activities on offer include print making, pottery or jewellery making  as well as technology based craft sessions such as designing a pixel game using LED lights and circuit boards and an introduction to gaming software.

Take part in a virtual reality treasure hunt in Blackburn Cathedral, a plaster casting workshop or help make a quilt with Community Clothing.

There’ll also be a Makers Market that will feature the best of the region’s artists, makers and designers while young makers will have the opportunity to sell their wares at a special teenage Market.

In addition, festival-goers will be able to see for themselves the results of nine specially commissioned art works from nine artist residences at East Lancashire manufacturers including Silent Night and Darwen Terracotta.

The festival is funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Super Slow Way and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

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