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How this year’s Lancashire Encounter festival will be funded

Posted on - 14th April, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, What's On in Preston
Giant on the Flag Market during the Brief Encounter
Giant on the Flag Market during the Brief Encounter

Preston looks set to light up once again for a biennial of colour, light and sound.

Lancashire Encounter takes place every other year in the city and Arts Council funding means it is due to be bigger than before.

A grant of £95,000 has been secured by Preston City Council from the arts body towards the three-day festival.

Beginning in 2016 the event is aimed at bridging the gap between Preston Guilds which take place every 20 years in the city.

The Brief Encounter last year saw a giant visit the city and a torchlight procession to the Flag Market.

The illumaphonium was one of the most popular parts of the Encounter Pic: Paul Melling
The illumaphonium was one of the most popular parts of the Encounter Pic: Paul Melling

The city council’s cabinet is due to hear proposals for how the event is to be funded.

Alongside the Arts Council funding there’s £40,000 from the city council itself, £20,000 from the University of Central Lancashire, £28,430 from Without Walls and £3,000 from Community Gateway Association.

Read more: What we made of the Brief Encounter on the Flag Market

This leaves a total of £27,500 to be found from a number of sources – including seeking sponsors for the event which needs £10,000 to be stumped up.

Councillors are to be told: “Lancashire Encounter will have a positive social impact on community cohesion and engagement. The festival will retain and grow the skills of the cultural sector, establish Preston as a creative centre for the region and develop the cultural capacity of the city, whilst enabling cultural organisations to develop and become stronger. The festival will attract visitors into Lancashire and Preston and add value to the local and regional economy.”

If the total funding isn’t found then the festival will have to be scaled back slightly.

Read more: Weekender of courtyard food and drink at Preston’s newest venue

The biggest cost for the festival is spending £143,340 with artists across the city and Lancashire.

What would you like to see at the Lancashire Encounter? Let us know in the comments below

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