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Encounter Festival - Preston City Centre

The Encounter Festival takes place over a full weekend in September. The festival is the key cultural event for Central Lancashire and drives the development of the County's arts and culture.

Bringing the city of Preston to life, Encounter transforms key locations in the city centre into colourful bursts of creativity. The Harris, Preston Flag Market, Preston Markets, Winckley Square and Avenham Park are just some of the locations which see displays of local talent in the form of performances, installations, music and more.

For more details visit Encounter Festival - About.

Encounter Festival 2024

For information this year's festival see Encounter Festival 2024.

Relive Encounter Festival 2023

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September 2023 saw the return of the Encounter Festival, which was a resounding success. The three day arts and cultural extravaganza transformed the heart of Preston into a vibrant hub of creativity, unity and celebration, through a diverse lineup of performances, workshops, and activities.

Take a look at the photos and details here at Encounter Festival - Encounter Festival 2023.

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Father and daughter walking under red lights at Lancashire Encounter
Performers at Lancashire Encounter Festival.
Fireworks outside Town Hall during Lancs Encounter 2021 Thank You Parade Finale. Image Michael Porter Photography.
Punch and Judy show taking place on Winckley Square during Lancashire Encounter 2021.
Performer in giant wheel on Fishergate Highstreet
Brass band playing at the Torchlight Procession
Performer doing acrobatics on giant retro egg timer
Giant illuminated rabbit in the Torchlight Procession
The Lighter Jams performing at the MET
Women dressed as angels in the Torchlight Procession