What to see on the Friday of Lancashire Encounter Festival

Posted on - 16th September, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Fashion, History, Music, People, Preston City Centre, Preston Locations, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston



After last year’s success, Lancashire Encounter Festival returns to Preston transforming the city centre into a vibrant hub of activity on 23-25 September.

The weekend is bursting with quality activities and performances designed to inspire, excite and captivate guests who get involved with the Lancastrian festival of fun.

Each day will hold a variety of events at different locations around the city centre.

Madam Billman’s Creative Jamboree is a new and exciting highlight for this year’s Lancashire Encounter, taking place over the three days of the festival.

To discover what else the weekend has to offer and for more information about each event, check out our handy guide to the top events of the day below.

Friday September 23 7pm-9pm

The red canopy is part of the Lancashire Encounters Festival

The red canopy was part of the Lancashire Encounters Festival 2015

The Theatre Ballads Horse and Bamboo Theatre, The Harris

Magical performances of historic ballads arranged and performed live, with songs that capture the tale of a great fight, a broken contract and a female smuggler. The performance will include spectacular puppetry and simple illustrations, drawing out the tales before your eyes.

Times: 8pm, 9pm

Flag Market Performance at Lancashire Encounter 2015

Flag Market Performance at Lancashire Encounter 2015

CHUTNEY in the Street – Kuljit Bhamra & Troupe Flag Market

Experience vibrant dance sequences and up tempo songs inspired by the sounds of the Indo-Caribbean. Each routine features a spicy mix of tabla, guitars and percussion creating a unique blend of songs, dance and audience participation.

Times: 7pm-7.35pm

Preston Guild Hall has hosted some legendary acts over the years

Preston Guild Hall has hosted some legendary acts over the years

Travellers’ Tales – More Music Morecambe Preston Guild Hall

Experience an evening of true Lancashire fun with a vibrant mix of tunes, songs and stories from the Gypsy, Romany and Traveller community of Lancashire and beyond, combined into one huge show of unmissable entertainment.

Times: 7.30pm-10pm

Read more: What to see during the Saturday of the Lancashire Encounter festival

The former Fish Market is the smaller of the two Victorian Markets

The former Fish Market is the smaller of the two Victorian Markets

On the Edge of A Rising Tide – Sound Intervention Fish Market

Prepare to be spooked as you see apparitions hover in doorways, linger around windows and lurk on roof-tops with this creative sound intervention by Light Up Lancaster and Lancashire Encounter. Uncover fragile ghosts of humans, fish and micro marine organisms as they infiltrate the city centre. Guests can listen to sounds of the sea, submerged bells, foghorns, warped shanties and storm force renderings as the sweep across the streets squares and entry control points of Preston city centre.

Times: 8.15pm – 9pm, 9.15pm – 10pm


Light Migrations – LUDUS Dance Fishergate

A mass performance for all ages and abilities, bringing individuals together to speak in chorus and celebrate the Lancashire voice. Performed in the evening, the show will combine personal stories, original music and movement in which the audience are invited to participate in this unique community event.

Times: 7.45pm – 8.05pm

Display at Lancashire Encounter 2015

Display at Lancashire Encounter 2015

The Red Rose – Steve Messam Surgeon’s Court

Renowned environmental artist Steve Messam delivers a series of temporary, site specific instillations located across a number of iconic locations in Lancashire, with the first being in Preston. A rising tide of the colour red, displaying a significant scale of this solid mass and lighting the sky at night with internal illuminations saturating the immediate area with red light to creative a spectacular experience and visual display. 4000 bright red balloons forming The Red Rose in Preston’s Surgeon’s Court will transform the historic alleyway into a vision of wonder, filling the space between the buildings for the entire length of one block – from Fox Street to Lune Street.

Times: 7pm-10pm

Read more: What to see on the Sunday of the Lancashire Encounter

Preston Train Station will be a location used for Lancashire Encounter 2016

Preston Train Station will be a location used for Lancashire Encounter 2016

Hit the North Preston Train Station

They Eat Culture will be taking over taxis, buses, and popping up around the train station inserting sounds and stories from a range of local and nonlocal artists to explore ideas of home, travel, and Northerness.

Times: 7pm-9pm

If this taste of what is to come next week has inspired your appetite for more,  see the full listings on the Lancashire Encounter website here.

Will you be attending Lancashire Encounter Festival? Have you been before? Let us know in the comments below.

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