Bumper weekend of events with Lancashire Encounter and Pride

UClan BA Hons Music Practise first years at the Lancashire Encounter in Preston

UClan BA Hons Music Practise first years at the Lancashire Encounter in Preston

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Hundreds of people flocked to the streets of Preston to watch day one of the first Lancashire Encounter festival.

The three day event set about bringing Preston city centre to life on Friday, ahead of various music and art performances at the weekend.

It started setting up on Tuesday as the city was turned red with more than 50 volunteer cyclists from the University of Central Lancashire bringing the People’s Canopy – a series of mobile structures on bicycle wheels – from St Peter’s Square to the Flag Market.

Now fully opened and operational, the canopy will play host to commissioned artworks, community gatherings, performances, workshops, meetings, interventions, an arts market, a day of activity presented by UCLan and a whole spectrum of creative activity across the festival weekend.

And today was no different as first year BA Music UCLan students took to the streets to perform a number of self-written pieces of music using guitars, drums and their voices.

Staff from the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre also led a zumba class with over 20 people in brightly coloured clothes joining in. Finally a Chinese dragon was paraded across Preston’s flag market after a talk on astrophysics by professor Robert Walsh.

Saturday will see Salsa Northwest perform under the red canopy as well as Preston Pride bringing the LGBT community together on the flag market. Sunday, the final day of the festival sees more performances as well as Preston Run with 2K, 5K and a 10K races.

IPC curator Elaine Speight, said: “This festival has been organised to bring together the people of Lancashire. There’s going to be lots of great shows across the weekend and something for everyone. This is very much a test festival to see how people react to it and if it’s a success we hope to make it a biennial thing. Hopefully we’ll see plenty of people getting involved and it will be a success.”