These pictures show just some of the encounters the people of Preston had with the arts during a three-day festival and celebration in the city.Advertisement
Lancashire Encounter took place in the Harris, Flag Market and Winckley Square from Friday onwards.
The biennial celebration takes in performances from across the county and an estimated 40,000 people enjoyed the plethora of events taking place.
From the up-tempo drama of dance troupe BLOCK throwing themselves around in Winckley Square to the whack-a-mole fun of reality games on the Flag Market.
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Here’s a few fantastic pictures captured by Paul Melling and Michael Porter during the weekend.
Plans are already underway for the 2020 Encounter, and speaking with councillor Peter Kelly – who is in charge of culture and leisure for the city council – he is keen to see some kind of small-scale performance building on last year’s Brief Encounter.
The Encounter was created to act as a link-up between Guild years, as every Prestonian knows you have to wait 20 years for a Guild to come-a-round.
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Enjoy these pictures below, marking some of the highlights of the festival.