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Arts wheel to roll through city for Lancashire Encounters Festival

Posted on - 22nd July, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, News, Preston City Centre
The Wheel House Pic: Steve Edwin

The Wheel House Pic: Steve Edwin

A giant wheel is to roll its way through Preston as part of a three day spectacular of the arts in the city centre.

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The Wheel House has been confirmed for the Lancashire Encounter Festival.

Touring since 2008 the German Wheel has toured the world being performed by artistic directors Jeni and Barney who perform comedy, acrobatics and temporary circus.

Shows take place for around 40 minutes at a time.

Confirmed for the festival includes a procession of light on the Saturday night through the streets of the city.

The festival is due to be majority free events and Preston Guild Hall are the latest sponsors to sign up and ensure events remain free.

Preston City Councils cabinet member for culture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly said: “We are thrilled to have Preston Guild Hall on-board for Lancashire Encounter 2016. The programme is shaping up to be a fantastic mix of performances and experiences from artists and groups across Lancashire, and is also a great opportunity for Preston to show off all that it has to offer.

“We hope to see more local businesses and organisations get involved over the coming months to make this a truly great event.”

Read more: Watch what we can expect for Preston procession of light

The Guild Hall are to be the headline sponsor for the festival which runs from Friday 23 September to Sunday 25 September.

Richard Simkin, Head of Operations at Preston Guild Hall said: “We were really pleased to hear that Lancashire Encounter was returning to Preston city centre again this year and are proud to be supporting Preston City Council to make it an even bigger success.

“As an entertainment, dining and leisure business at the heart of the city, we are keen to be involved in and support key events like this, which help feed into the local economy.”

Arts events for the festival are being curated by Without Walls Associate Touring Network.

Will you be attending the festival? Are you performing? Let us know in the comments below

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