Festival of creativity set to showcase Preston’s talent

Posted on - 1st August, 2021 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Participants at a street photography workshop in Preston earlier this year Pic: Garry Cook
Participants at a street photography workshop in Preston earlier this year Pic: Garry Cook

A new four-day creative arts festival is set to showcase Preston talent, and encourage everybody to take part in the arts.

The Collective Weekender, taking place in September, has been created by The Brewtime Collective, an independent group of creative practitioners working in the city.

It’s a festival created by the people of Preston, for the people of Preston, with the aim being to showcase the best creative arts that the city has to offer through 20 individual events.

Creatives can take part by applying through the public call-out.

An event doesn’t necessarily need to be workshops with participants, it can be a performance with an audience, in a venue, or a pop-up in a high street shop, or a workshop, or a talk, or a reading – it can be whatever the creative practitioner wants it to be. 

The Larder in Lancaster Road will be the home of the festival, with many of the creative events held there.

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Shirley Bailey, project manager and member of The Brewtime Collective, said: “The Collective Weekender was originally planned to happen in May 2020, and we’ve twice had to put it back so we’re really excited that we’re finally able to get on and host it in September.

“The artistic intention is that the festival will build on, and strengthen, the growing sense of community amongst Preston’s creatives and introduce new audiences to Preston’s cultural scene.

“The Collective Weekender aims to showcase some of the brilliant creative talent Preston has to offer.

“We want all of the workshops to be exciting, unusual and, most of all, fun. The idea is that we encourage everyone to come along and see something new or try out a new piece of creativity – and come away with a brilliant experience of Preston’s thriving cultural and creative scene.

“All events are free and will be programmed during the day, over lunchtimes, tea-times, and in the evenings either at The Larder, our lovely Weekender base, or somewhere else in the city centre that creatives might want to use.

“Preston’s independent creatives are invited to submit proposals for quality art happenings, performances, installations, and pop-ups that are characteristic of their practice and great fun for fellow creatives and audiences to experience.”  

Card project at the 2021 Making A Mark on the Flag Market Pic: Garry Cook
Card project at the 2021 Making A Mark on the Flag Market Pic: Garry Cook

The Brewtime Collective is a self-organised network of independent artists, activists, cultural practitioners, and influencers that have been meeting regularly since 2019. They’re passionate about the arts, creativity and culture in Preston: supporting other creatives, building networks, connecting folks, sharing opportunities, developing collaborations, from a starting point of inclusivity and generosity of spirit.

Bernie Velvick, bid writer, co-project manager and fellow member of The Brewtime Collective, said: “This network building is essential for Preston’s journey toward a vibrant, supportive and sustainable cultural buzz.”

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The festival runs from Thursday September 9 to Sunday 12 September. All sessions are free to attend.

For details of the call out visit or check out the Facebook group.

Contact Shirley Bailey on for further details and to get an Application Pack. The deadline for applications is Monday 9 August.

The Collective Weekender is funded by the Arts Council and Preston City Council.

Will you be applying to be part of The Collective Weekender? Do you know someone who should? Let us know in the comments.

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