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Lancashire Encounter will be back in September with an extended festival featuring performances, music, street theater and art.


Starting Friday, September 17, the event will take place at venues in downtown Preston before concluding with the Mayor’s Covid Merci Torchlight Parade on Saturday, October 2.

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Activities will include an illuminated giant called Jabberwocky, comedy, puppet shows, music, dancing and virtual reality. There will also be a family picnic at Winckley Square Gardens on Sunday, September 19.

The final touches are made to the festival program, but there will be opportunities to get involved, for example with a community choir or a Salsa dance workshop.

The MET (Mobile Event Tent) will host many Lancashire Encounter events.

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The MET will appear in downtown Preston, primarily in the Harris neighborhood near Preston Markets, and will host events such as exhibitions, workshops, concerts and a variety of performances.

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Councilor Peter Kelly, Arts and Culture Cabinet member at Preston City Council, said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to bring Lancashire Encounter back to the city – a festival that has been such a success in the past and we don’t want you to miss something.

“The program is extremely diverse with a very exciting lineup of local, regional and national artists and bands, making the Lancashire Encounter Festival a truly worthy legacy of the Preston Guild.

“The Preston Mayor Torchlight Parade, serving as the festival finale, on Saturday October 2 will be a sight to sore eyes after such a difficult time for everyone and we will celebrate the resilience of our communities and key workers with fun, music and an almighty fire-breathing dragon!

For more information visit the Lancashire Encounter website.

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