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What’s on as The MET returns to Preston’s University Square this September

Posted on - 21st August, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Inside the Mobile Event Tent Pic: Michael Porter Photography
Inside the Mobile Event Tent Pic: Michael Porter Photography

The MET (Mobile Event Tent) is returning to University Square this September.

The MET is set to deliver a diverse array of entertainment experiences during the month-long residency, which follows a successful stint in Ribbleton.

Events will include theatre performances, a World Health Qigong Day celebration, a science of superheroes talk, and a Nerf party. 

Read more: Mobile Event Tent moving to Ribbleton for month of events

Professor StJohn Crean, UCLan’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), said: “We’re delighted to welcome back the Mobile Event Tent for a second time.

“The innovative space, which will take pride of place on our University Square, will allow our creative students and staff to showcase their many talents, including dance, comedy and music performances.

“In addition, it offers many opportunities for the wider public to engage with us and witness the fantastic contributions we make to the cultural life of Preston.”

A key highlight of the upcoming programme is a viewing that features the work of Oscar-nominated animation artist Barry Purvus.

The dance networking event will provide a platform for the local dance community to share their passion and connect with fellow enthusiasts, followed by a dance scratch night open to the public. 

The Diverse, Inclusive, Creative Showcase, will see UCLan staff and students displaying their work celebrating diversity and inclusion.

The MET programme also includes some events from the Encounter Festival, Preston’s annual arts and culture festival which this year takes place on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September.

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Services at Preston City Council, said: “We are thrilled to welcome everyone back to The MET for another extraordinary edition.

“Our team has worked tirelessly to curate a line-up that showcases the best of arts and culture, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“The MET returning to University Square, UCLan marks a milestone in our commitment to promoting a vibrant arts and culture scene in Preston.”

The MET has received funding from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the University of Central Lancashire.

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Councillor Kelly continued: “We are incredibly grateful to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the community and our partners for their unwavering support.

“Together, we are building a legacy of creativity, engagement, and celebration for the city.” 

The MET will be at University Square from Friday 1 September to Saturday 7 October.

For more information, go to the Visit Preston website.

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