An explosive festival of film, music and visual arts programmed and produced by young people is returning to Preston.
From October 30 to November 2, the Blaze Festival is back, building on last year’s success.
The four-day event will include Blaze Lounge’, offering young songwriters and musicians space to collaborate and perform, ‘Level Up’, master classes and advice for youngsters breaking into the creative industries, and ‘Portable Projection’, an outdoor cinema experience.
Preston Mayor Councillor Veronica Afrin said: “I saw the Blaze festival last year and it was wonderful.
“It’s great that young people are using the parks in this way, and I hope that it can become an annual event.”
Blaze is as youth-led cultural programme for Lancashire part of WE PLAY, the North West cultural legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In the first two years of the project, over 100 young people have taken the lead as producers, and 1,500 as participants to a wider audience of over 30,000 people.
Last year, the event took place in Avenham Park featuring a showcase of BMX and skateboarding, live illustration, films, hair art and a contemporary musical. The Blaze Boom Bike Band also entertained spectators.