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Lancashire Encounter

Street performance taking place during Lancashire Encounter Festival.

The Lancashire 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, Lancashire 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 Lancs Encounter - About.

Encounter 2022 

Lancashire Encounter 2022 has been and gone! The festival returned over the weekend of 16 - 18 September and saw plenty of our lovely Prestonians engaging with all the events that took place. The Torchlight Procession on the Saturday evening was full of music and dance and paid a fitting tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Events, workshops, performances, music, art, and so much more took place around city centre locations. 

Take a look at the photos and details here at Lancs Encounter - Lancashire Encounter 2022.

Relive Lancashire Encounter 2021

Spread over three weekends, Lancashire Encounter 2021 offered fresh and exciting acts around the city.

Preston was alive with workshops, performances, and installations in every corner as well as live music and comedy acts. This was then wrapped up in an explosive finale of fireworks at the end of the Mayor of Preston's Thank You Parade. The parade thanked key workers for their contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic, and brought all the city together as they watched the night sky light up.

For more details and photos of the event visit Lancs Encounter - Lancashire Encounter 2021.

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