Free concert will launch 13th Preston Arts festival fortnight

Concert: Louisa Stirland
Concert: Louisa Stirland
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Arts lovers will have plenty to keep them entertained from this weekend with the launch of Preston Arts Festival.

The events will kick off at Preston Minister from 2pm tomorrow, when Deputy Mayor Coun Margaret McManus will officially open the festival, now in its 13th year.

There will then be a concert featuring former BBC Young Chorister of the Year, Louisa Stirland, accompanied by painist Graham Jackson, talented young organist Andrew Clelland, and the popular Red Rose Chorus barbershop harmony choir.

Refreshments will be served in the interval, and visitors can learn about an exhibition of decorated weather vanes.

Doors open at 1.30pm and the concert will finish at 4pm.

The event is free though donations are welcome.

The festival will last for the next fortnight.

Other upcoming events include a Preston Historical Society talk at Preston Minster from 7.15pm on Monday, a find your voice singing workshop at Ashton Methodist Church at 12.30pm on Tuesday and a painting demonstration at Queen’s Drive Primary School, from 7pm until 9pm on Tuesday.

For more details on the full list of events, pick up an events guide booklet available from Preston Visitor Information Centre in the Guild Hall Arcade.

Alternatively, log onto for an electronic version of the brochure.