On Saturday 15th June, a free festival will take place in Blackburn’s central Witton Park (BB2 2TP) and is headlined by former Oasis support Twisted Wheel as well as including acts such as Esco Williams, The Tapestry and Blackburn People’s Choir. Continuing the tradition of its predecessors Arts in the Park and Blackburn Mela, Blackburn Festival will bring together the best performers and artists from Blackburn, Lancashire, the North West and beyond, local charities and traders, and arts organisations looking to engage and involve young and old artists alike. The festival is free, and and aims to draw from the rich diversity of culture present in Blackburn, including music, visual arts, comedy, dance and theatre.

The festival is arranged and operated by the Blackburn Festival Committee, a non-profit organisation formed by volunteers from Blackburn who are otherwise involved in the Arts. Any profit generated from the festival is to go to the organisation of next year’s festival, in the hope that the Blackburn Festival can grow to be something Blackburn can really be proud of. The hugely succesful annual Arts in the Park festival was cut by the council five years ago, and though the Blackburn Festival is not council funded as Arts in the Park was it’s hoped that the Blackburn Festival can follow in its footsteps and reach bigger and better things whilst being an effective celebration and showcase for the rich cultural life in and around Blackburn. Much credit has to go to the volunteers who have not only worked tirelessly to make this festival happen but have all done important work previously for the town, often unrecognised; this being Pete Eastwood, Alex Martindale, Seamus Heffernan, Kerry McGregor and the Labour Councillor Damian Talbot.

For more information, see https://blackburnfestival.co.uk/



Twisted Wheel

The Tapestry
Mumzy Stranger
Esco Williams
H Dhami
The Wagon Wheels

Blackburn People’s Choir
Navin Kundra
Bollywood Brass Band
The Remedy
The Ragamuffins
Palatine Fiddlers….and many more including attractions such as fairground rides, craft stalls, world foods, dance, comedy and magic

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