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Preston's Mobile Event Tent is returning for 2022, kick-starting entertainment, arts, and culture in the city for Spring and beyond... There are a whole bunch of new events to look forward to, so check out the latest confirmed and pencil the dates in your diary. You will find The MET in the city's Harris Quarter, near Preston Markets, ready to bring you fresh, contemporary entertainment. 

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Film Night: Captain Fantastic (15) - Wednesday 18 May

  • Time: 7pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Enjoy your Wednesday evening watching Captain Fantastic! 

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Film Night: Captain Fantastic.

Vision 25-C - Saturday 21 May

  • Time: 11am - 4pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

North East based contemporary artist vision 25-C is inviting you to Make Noise! For this new exhibition, the MET will be transformed into an interactive, immersive art installation. Expect to be immersed by the artist's audio and visual installations and enjoy creating freely with this interactive artwork!

UCLan at the MET - Sunday 22 May

  • Time: 11am - 3pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

UCLan is coming to the MET for a fun-filled day of hands-on learning and creativity, and everyone is welcome! Whether you fancy having a go at one of the family-friendly activities or listening to one of the fascinating science talks, there's something for everyone.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - UCLan at the MET.

Graham Massey's Toolshed - Thursday 26 May

  • Time: 7.30pm - 9pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Graham Massey's Toolshed Project has been running for 24 years. Taking electronic music as a starting point and handing it over to a rotating cast of great improvisors, the film documents the band coming out of lockdown, introducing a new collaboration with Shunya and talking about the ever evolving North West music scene whilst looking back ...

Graham was a founding member of the seminal and internationally successful electronic group 808 State and his collaboration, remixing, and production list reads like a "who's who" of contemporary music from the past 30 years, including the likes of David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Bjork, Goldfrapp, SMD, Primal Scream, YMO and many others.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Graham Massey's Toolshed.

House of Wingz Jubilee JAM: Under Wonderland - Saturday 28 May

  • Time: 2pm, 4.30pm, 7pm (40 minute performances)
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Are you into Film, Music, Dance, YouTube or Tik Tok? Through the Looking Glass has been cleverly re-imagined in an explosion of Funk for the family. The story is told through a thrilling fusion of Hip Hop music and Urban Dance.

For more details and to book tickets visit Eventbrite - Under Wonderland.

House of Wingz Jubilee JAM: An Introduction to the Do's & Don'ts of Street Art - Saturday 28 May

  • Time: 12pm - 4pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

Up-cycle your very own spray can to take home with you. This workshop gives spray cans a new lease of life. More workshops will be provided for children and families to get involved in street art including Skateboarding , Tik-Tok, and Street-Dance. A range of industry professionals will be delivering these workshops through the day between the Under Wonderland performances. All instructors are fully DBS Checked and operate as drop-in. 

House of Wingz Jubilee JAM: Get Funky Learn New Dance Skills & How to Streetdance - Saturday 28 May

  • Time: 12pm - 4pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

Feel the beat and get moving at these Street/Breakdance workshops delivered by experienced tutors and the cast of Under Wonderland. Workshops will be taking place throughout the day to members of the public wanting to try their hand at some basic dance movements. All instructors are fully DBS Checked and operate as drop-in. 

House of Wingz Jubilee JAM: Skateboard Sessions - Saturday 28 May

  • Time: 12pm - 4 pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

Fancy trying your hand at skating? Wingz Skate team are offering sessions throughout the day for anyone who would like to give some basic skating a go. There will be five members of staff on the day delivering these sessions, complete with safety equipment, boards etc. All instructors are fully DBS Checked and operate as drop-in. 

Family Film Screening: Peter Rabbit 2 (U) - Sunday 29 May

  • Time: 2pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Pop on your bunny ears and hop to the MET for a Sunday screening of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (U). Booking is advised.

Peter Rabbit runs away from his human family when he learns they are going to portray him in a bad light in their book. Soon, he crosses paths with an older rabbit who ropes him into a heist.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.

Brick Builders (Ages 5-8) - Tuesday 31 May

  • Times: 10am - 11am, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Hosted by the amazing people at Bricks McGee, these creative activities are brilliant for young children to get into! These two workshops are aimed at children aged between 5-8. Come and dig into a pile of LEGO bricks and create some incredible animals with a master builder.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Brick Builders (Ages 5-8).

Brick Builders (Ages 7-11) - Tuesday 31 May

  • Times: 11.30am - 12.30pm, 3pm - 4pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Hosted by the amazing people at Bricks McGee, these creative activities are brilliant for young children to get into! These two workshops are aimed at children aged between 7-11. Come and dig into a pile of LEGO bricks and create some incredible animals with a master builder.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Brick Builders (Ages 7-11).

Mango Kahani by Hina Qureshi - Friday 1 June

  • Time: 11am - 3.20pm (20 minute slots)
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Mango Kahani will transport you across the sea to a land where the juicy mangoes grow. This fabulous interactive storytelling show tells the tale of a vibrant city through the celebration of mangoes!

For more details and to book visit Eventbrite - Mango Kahani by Hina Qureshi.

From Chinese Tea to British Tea: Chinaware to Jasperware - Thursday 2 June

  • Time: 2pm - 4pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

How did the historic trade in tea and ceramics from China shape our lives and the relationship between Britain and China in ways which still resonate today? Adopting tea and teaware as unique lenses and a 'mirror' approach by pairing and comparing people, texts, commodities, artworks, architecture and world views of the two empires, this talk will take you on a cultural journey over four centuries, from Elizabethan England and Ming China to today. It will also be accompanied by a Chinese tea tasting and a mini exhibition co-hosted by Lancashire Archives and Harris Museum, including the original 1602 letter signed by Queen Elizabeth I.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - From Chinese Tea to British Tea, Chinaware to Jasperware.

Oxheys at the MET - Friday 3 June

  • Time: 12pm - 4pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

This creative day of workshops, led by Oxheys and Samba Drummers, is open to all ages.

'Oxheys at the MET' will incorporate a performance by the Worldwise Samba Drummers, along with some drumming workshops and shaker-maker workshops for those wanting to make their own instruments to play along. The day will also include Life Drawing, with a live (clothed) model; again visitors will be encouraged to take part. Supplies of paper and pencils will be available but artists are welcomed also if they are armed with sketch pads, iPad etc. This activity proved really popular at the Making A Mark event on the Flag Market last year.

Running alongside will be 'making' workshops run by Oxheys artists, which will be open for everyone to enjoy. Works previously created or exhibited will be on display and arts and crafts items available to buy.

Comedy at the MET with Bella Hull, Glenn Moore and Jarlath Regan - Saturday 4 June

  • Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Bella regularly plays to sell-out crowds across the UK and recently made her television debut on the BBC's Stand Up for Live Comedy. She recently performed at the Utrecht International Comedy Festival and her writing has been featured on BBC Radio 4's Newsjack, Flux Magazine and she is the advice columnist for Quadra magazine.

A former member of the Cambridge Footlights, Bella begun finding success on the competition circuit, winning the Yellow Comedy Young Comedian of the Year 2019 and placing in the 2NorthDown New Act Competition 2020.

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Glenn Moore is a comedian, actor and one of the best and most prolific joke writers in the country.

Glenn is a regular face on TV, having appeared on Mock The Week (BBC), Rob Delaney's Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2). He can be heard daily as one quarter of The Dave Berry Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio, the UK's biggest commercial radio breakfast show.

Jarlath Regan is an all-rounder, but his talent for stand-up was spotted early. His first few gigs earned him places in the finals of every new act competition, tour support spots for Ardal O'Hanlon, Marc Maron and Jack Whitehall, invitations to the world's biggest comedy festivals and television appearances on the BBC, NBC and Comedy Central. As a presenter and podcaster he has won a legion of loyal fans through the creation of his multi-award-winning global hit podcast An Irishman Abroad. Jarlath's ability to extract honesty from the likes of Sir Bob Geldof, Gabriel Byrne and Boy George has become legendary.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Comedy at the MET.

Family Film Screening: Trolls World Tour (U) - Sunday 5 June

  • Time: 2pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Put on your brightest clothes and channel your inner troll for a Sunday screening of Trolls World Tour (U). 

When Queen Barb of the Rock tribe decides to destroy all other genres of music by stealing their techno strings and bringing them under her rule, Queen Poppy sets out to thwart her evil plans.

Time to boogie and be happy with Princess Poppy! 

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Family Film Screening: Trolls World Tour.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Hull, 50 years on - Tuesday 7 June

  • Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Learn about the northern aspect of this seminal rock act on its anniversary with UCLan's Dr. Pete Atkinson.

David Bowie's performance of 'Starman' from his ground-breaking album 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' on Top of the Pops on July 6 1972 is a seminal pop moment. Bowie broke the mould of pop performance by playing a character role, rather than performing as himself with Ziggy and also brought into question the staid nature of stereotypical gender roles and conventional sexual persuasions.

But the hard rock that underpinned the Ziggy Stardust album and stage show was brought to him by his backing band from Hull. This talk highlights how this happened as the Hull band, formerly The Rats, contributed to the change in his sound, firstly on 'The Man Who Sold the World' (1970), and later on 'Ziggy Stardust'(1972) itself. The speaker argues that the Hull musicians gave Bowie an urban rock sound which lent his performance authenticity and gave him an appeal to both working class and middle-class audiences thus allowing his performance of a fluid gender and sexual identity a much greater influence and legacy.

Dr Atkinson writes academic papers and book chapters on rock music, television and northern culture and is a Senior Lecturer in Film Media and Popular Culture and Music Performance and Production at University of Central Lancashire.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Hull, 50 years on.

Film Screening: Labyrinth (U) - Wednesday 8 June

  • Time: 7pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Enjoy watching the David Bowie classic Labyrinth. 

A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Film Screening: Labyrinth

African Drumming and Dance Workshops - multiple dates

  • Dates and times: 2pm - 4pm (Thursday 9 June, Thursday 16 June, Friday 17 June) 
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

These workshops, led by Phil Kalia, consist of African drumming music, dance storytelling with discussion time and feedback to raise the awareness of cultural differences. For example, before the telephone was invented, Africans communicated through drums. This will be taught during the workshop.

The aim is to facilitate a greater understanding of how culture develops and how it impacts individual's lifestyles and life chances. Phil will bring typical artefacts for the people to examine and discuss.

Workshops are drop in and are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday 9 June: Bachata & Afro Beats Line dancing
  • Thursday 16 June: Salsa Afro Beats Line dancing. African Drumming workshops
  • Friday 17 June: Salsa & Bachata Workshops for improvers. Including Afro Beats Line dancing

Salsa and Bachata Party Nights - multiple dates

  • Dates and times: 7pm - 10pm (Thursday 9 June, Thursday 16 June, Friday 17 June) 
  • Price: £10
  • Booking needed: Yes

An evening of high-spirited salsa and bacata dancing, led by Phil Kaila.

To book your tickets visit Eventbrite - Salsa and Bachata Party Nights.

She Shanties with Support from Mento B - Friday 10 June

  • Time: 7.30pm - 10pm
  • Price: £12
  • Booking needed: Yes

This all-female shanty group stand-out with their northern accents and their unembellished and clean sound. Their singing style lets the lyrics stand centre stage and their subjects feel accessible, the songs are nurtured and emotionally loaded.

For more details and to book tickets visit Eventbrite - She Shanties with support from Mento B.

Comedy at the MET with Jacob Hawley, Rob Auton - Saturday 11 June

  • Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Rob Auton released his book I Strongly Believe in Incredible Things with Harper Collins in Autumn of 2021 to critical acclaim.

He has written seven five star rated Edinburgh fringe shows, The Yellow Show, The Sky Show, The Face Show, The Water Show, The Sleep Show, The Hair Show, The Talk Show (the second best reviewed show at the Edinburgh Festival 2018) and The Time Show, which was one of the best reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2019. He then took The Time Show on a UK tour, which continues this autumn

He has performed his unique brand of comedy on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One) and on Rob Delaney's Stand Up Central (Comedy Central). The latter set went viral on Facebook with 4.7m views and couniting.

Jacob is the presenter and creator of BBC Sounds's Jacob Hawley: On Drugs and Jacob Hawley On Love. The show charted 12th in the Uk Top Podcast charts, was recommended by Great British Podcasts, regularly featured in Apple's New and Noteworthy list and was highlighted in Cosmopolitan's Top 55 Podcasts. The podcast earned him an ARIA (Audio & Radio Industry Awards) 2020 Silver Award for Best New Presenter and Bronze for New Voice Award at the Audio Production Awards (APAs), sponsored by Audible.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Comedy at the MET.

Family Film Screening: Raya and the Last Dragon - Sunday 12 June

  • Time: 2pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Are you a dragon or a unicorn? Come as a magical creature and enjoy this enchanting Sunday screening of Raya and the Last Dragon. Booking is advised.

Evil has returned and it's up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Family Film Screening: Raya and the Last Dragon.

The MET Moves: Connect & Flow - Wednesday 15 June

  • Time: 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

Enjoyable, gentle and creative, this session is developed for people with neurological conditions and will be co-led by Dr Melanie Brierley and Helen Gould with the live music from Howard Haigh.

Comedy at the MET with Darran Griffiths, Josh Weller, plus 1 TBC - Saturday 18 June

  • Time: 7pm - 9pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

A comedian, host and podcaster born and raised in Harlow, to Jamaican parents, Darran Griffiths has a blend of Caribbean confidence and Essex irreverence. Flagrant, thought-provoking and funny.

In 2018 he was Amused Moose National New Comedian semi-finalist, BBC New Comedy Award nominee and Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian runner-up. In 2019 he sold out his debut show 'Essex Bwoy' at the Camden Fringe. In 2021 he was British Comedian of the Year semi-finalist. He has performed at some of the top comedy clubs in London as well as sold out shows at the Hackney Empire and the Indigo at the O2. To date, he has already appeared on television and radio, including Yanga TV, BBC Radio and Pulse88 FM, where he presented and produced a weekly Saturday morning radio show called the Saturday Morning Hangover. He has been tour support of BBC Radio's Aurie Styla and part of the national WAHALA Tour: Jamaica vs Africa, with Britain's Got Talents' Kojo Anim. He also hosts a weekly podcast called Griff's Brain Dump, where he discusses his personal life and current affairs.

Josh Weller is a comedian, comic book author, musician, and podcast host. He was born in England, raised in Malaysia and now lives in London.

Weller's high energy brand of cleverly self-deprecating stand-up landed him on pro bills after just one year on the circuit. In addition to his live comedy work, Josh has developed a loyal fanbase for his online content, which includes sketches, live pub quizzes, professional trolling, animated stand-up comedy shorts, character work, and more. In 2020, he was included in Twitter's Valentine's Campaign, featured on billboards across the US and UK.

Josh is also a successful broadcaster and presenter, having hosted and produced the popular Excitable Boy podcast (#6 on the iTunes Comedy chart, #13 on the worldwide iTunes chart), as well as the official Hard Rock Café podcast and the Vans Warped Tour podcast. He's currently the host of the Hard Rock Cafe's social video content, including Learn Guitar with Josh Weller.

Josh is already well-known for his successful music career. Having signed with Universal Records as a teenager, he went on to tour the world as both a solo artist and the lead singer of popular punk act The Kenneths. He has performed on the Vans Warped Tour alongside The Offspring, The Descendants and Juliette Lewis, has drummed for Ray Davies at the Royal Variety Performance, released a Christmas single with Paloma Faith and has toured with Mumford & Sons, The Maccabees, and more.

Josh recently appeared in an episode of BBC's Life Lessons with Alfie Brown and his darkly comic graphic novel, Die Already, was published by CollegeHumor.

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Comedy at the MET.

Preston's Festival of Language and Culture - Sunday 19 JuneUCLan logo.

  • Time: 11am - 4pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

You are invited to a big celebration that aims to inspire and enthuse you by offering an opportunity to creatively explore what it means to learn and speak more than one language and give you an insight into different cultures in a fun and interactive way.

During the festival, you will be able to participate in hands-on activities, interactive workshops and attend inspiring talks. There will be various language tasters, performances and child-friendly craft activities such as Korean bookmark and lantern making, Chinese calligraphy and painting, games from around the world, traditional costumes to try on and much more.

The MET Moves: Top Hat and Tutus - Wednesday 22 June

  • Time: 10am - 12pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

Jazz hands at the ready for musical theatre. Tiara set for ballet. This workshop celebrates all things sequins and sparkle.

Open to people with and without additional needs. Movement can be taken seated and/or standing. No experienced required.

Heavy METal - Thursday 23 June

  • Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
  • Price: £10 (pre-booked), £12 (on the door)
  • Booking needed: Advised

Heavy METal, a unique metal gig in the heart of Preston. The MET's brand new space is hosting its first ever metal gig! Some amazing artists from the northwest will be performing! More information to follow...

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Heavy METal.

Comedy at the MET with Pierre Novellie and friend TBC - Saturday 25 June

  • Time: 7pm - 9pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Pierre Novellie is one of the best up-and-coming comedians in the United Kingdom. He has recently been seen and heard on The Mash Report (BBC2), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), The Now Show (Radio 4) and as co-host of the hit podcast BudPod alongside Phil Wang. As a writer, Pierre was one of the regular writers on the rebooted Spitting Image (ITV/Britbox) and has also written on shows including Mock the Week (BBC2), The News Quiz (Radio 4), The Mash Report (BBC2), Newzoids (ITV) and Adam Buxton's Shed of Christmas (Sky).

An acclaimed live act, Pierre has just released his first filmed special Quiet Ones and recently supported Frank Skinner on his five-week West End run at the Garrick Theatre as well as his national tour and in 2020 was due to make his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut as part of the prestigious New Order lineup show which has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He has also previously supported Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney on tour, and has received three Chortle Award nominations. An Edinburgh Fringe regular, his shows are consistently critically acclaimed and he has twice placed in the top 20 best reviewed comedy shows across the entire festival. He is a past winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off and has previously received nominations the Amused Moose Comedy Award and The Skinny Awards.

'Dawn of a major talent' - Guardian

'A show packed full of belly laughs...impressively well written, perfectly building and building and rich with detail...Novellie delivers it all with real astuteness and skill' -★★★★★ -The Metro

'a big presence...He will go far.' - ★★★★ - The Times

To book tickets visit Eventbrite - Comedy at the MET.

Preston's Pottery Throwdown - Sunday 26 June

  • Time: TBA
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: Yes

Windrush Initiatives brings Christine Cherry to lead a pottery workshop. More details to come soon.

The MET Moves: Afro-Brazilian Vibes - Wednesday 29 June

  • Time: 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Price: Free
  • Booking needed: No

Come along and join the carnival! A lively and energising journey across Brazil. Led by Louise Gibbons with live music from Howard Haigh.

About the Harris Quarter Pop-Ups Programme

£1 million is being invested in a Pop Ups programme of events, installations, and visitor attractions designed to promote city centre visits from residents and visitors.

For more details on the project visit Harris Quarter Pop-Ups Programme.

Map address for The MET

The MET, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA.

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