Part of the Festival of Making, 14-16 June in Blackburn. In association with Creative Lancashire.

  • What do festivals tell us about society and cultural policy planning?
  • How do festivals reflect, present and celebrate the diversity of communities and society?
  • What is the role of festivals in specific places?

Last year the government announced plans for a nationwide festival to take place in 2022, in celebration of the creativity and innovation of the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, recent studies consider festivals mainly as manifestations of urban regions. Is a festival the answer to fixing a broken and divided nation in a post Brexit, Trumpian age?

This panel, featuring leading creative producers and cultural organisations, alongside some of the faces who conceived the vision for NFM in Blackburn, will explore the role of festivals in cultural integration and transforming places. The panel will also consider the tensions in the different perspectives of a festival’s role as a representation of artistic values vs the commercialisation of culture.

Panel Participants:

  • Christine Cort (Manchester International Festival)
  • Dawinder Bansal (Producer & Artist)
  • Paula Akpan (BlackGirl Fest)
  • Wayne Hemingway MBE (Hemingway Design)

This event is FREE to attend. There are limited spaces available on the day, so please book your place in advance.

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  • Enterprise Nation - Partner