What’s on and when at the Brief Encounter

Posted on - 22nd September, 2017 - 8:58pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
You'll have the chance to play the illumaphonium in Harris Street
You’ll have the chance to play the illumaphonium in Harris Street

As Brief Encounter brings an evening of entertainment to the city centre on Saturday (23 September) here’s what’s on and when.


There’s three main places you’ll be seeing the art installations during the evening which runs from 6pm to 10pm.

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A taster of the biennial Lancashire Encounter, which is returning in 2018, this will whet your appetite.

The main venues are the Harris, the Town Hall and the Flag Market. Plus there’s the torchlight procession.

What time is the procession?

It’s starting at Winckley Square and making its way through to the Flag Market.


Start time is 8pm and it’s expected to reach the Flag Market at 8.45pm.

There’s a number of road closures throughout the route.

What’s on the Flag Market?

The Umbrella Tree is going to be one of the big attractions. It’s described as an ‘absurd botanical mechanical contraption’. It’ll be in position from 6pm.

The umbrella tree will be on the Flag Market
The umbrella tree will be on the Flag Market

Also on the Flag Market is They Eat Culture running Mobile Home, a city-wide games night.

Smoked on the Flag Market is a chance to meet St George who has slayed a huge angry dragon to find a lonely orphan called Brexitus. You can see where that’s going.

East Street Gamelan is being put up, which is an imposing tower of tuned and untuned percussion made from scrap metal.

You’ll also be able to meet Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth. Think the Borrowers, but in real life.

What’s down Harris Street?

A sensory experience, the Illumaphonium is being setup. It allows you to play a tune on its aluminium chime bars which respond to touch.

Lightweight is a 360 degree projection glove which will allow you to have your picture mapped into live animations that swarm around the globe.

What’s the animation at the Town Hall?

Part video game, part where the wild things are, Trespass by Imitating the Dog is going to see an outdoor performance projected onto the side of the Town Hall.

Trespass is to be projected onto the side of the Town Hall
Trespass is to be projected onto the side of the Town Hall

It also integrates performances by a community choir.

Trespass performances are 8.15pm-8.30pm, 9pm-9.15pm and 9.30pm-9.45pm.

Read more: What you can see at this year’s Preston Arts Festival

What about inside the Harris?

Most workshops and events in the Harris are free but there’s a few which are ticketed and you need to book online via Skiddle or drop into the Harris beforehand.

Not defined by numbers is a create contemporary dance workshop for 11-19-year-olds.

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Tin Can People is a workshop devising performances through play and autobiography.

Sign making with the Two AM Press is a craft workshop using print and typography processes.

Preston Swing Vintage Dancehall gives you a taste of the Lindy Hop in the 1940s.

They all kick off from 6pm.

Other ticketed events include The Magic of Fairytales by Burnley Youth Theatre. It’s for ages four to eight and is from 6pm to 6.45pm.

Reimagining Roald Dahl takes you into the wackly world of the author. Suitable for ages eight to 12 and it’s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm.

Twisted Tales is a re-imagining of Oliver Twist and would he survive on the streets of Lancashire in 2017? Suitable for ages 12 to 18 and from 7.30pm to 8.15pm.

Read more: Monkey puppet from team behind Warhorse to perform in Preston

What else is at the Harris?

On the ring balcony there will be a performance from the One Voice Community Choir. They’ll be performing gospel and contemporary music at 7pm-7.45pm and again from 9pm-9.45pm.

And on the Harris Balcony there will be the Cacophany Arkestra, with high energy mix of soul and calypso. They are performing from 8pm-8.45pm and again 9pm-9.45pm.

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