Thanks to support from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Thwaites Brewery we’ve got the keys and have started moving in to our new building. You might recognise it as the former Thwaites Visitor and Training Centre, and previously as a much-loved pub.

It’s a great space, very different to St John’s, but it feels right already and we are proud to be based in another iconic Blackburn building. We are still in the town centre (which was incredibly important to us) on Penny Street, on the opposite side of Brown Street car park to St John’s.

It’s a very different prospect, but we’re excited and ready to get back to doing what we do.

We will have to think carefully about and experiment with ways of working as we don’t have a traditional performance space or a separate gallery any more, but we have a catering kitchen, function room, separate small rooms, space for Obscura Darkroom and Blackburn Festival of Light.

We hope to have all our existing groups up and running again soon and be in a position to welcome new community and arts groups in the near future. We are also looking forward to a warm and cosy winter and not having to make a choice between the audience being able to hear a performance and them being warm!
Thank you everyone for your support during this difficult period, for chipping in to the crowd funder and for your belief in The Bureau. It’s going to be hard work getting going again and we will need you as much as ever in the future, but we’re back! Most of our stuff is still stored around Blackburn, but we know where the kettle is, so all is well.


Two ways to support Bureau Blackburn and Blackburn Festival of Light in the aftermath of the devastating fire
1. Donate!  www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bureau

2. Vote for us now!! www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/…/let-it-shine-the-pe…

Thanks for your ongoing support.
We wouldn’t have held it together without you all.

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Official statement from The Bureau Centre of the Arts in the aftermath of the devastating fire that destroyed their home on Wednesday 3rd April.

Speaking on behalf of the group which runs The Bureau – Centre for the Arts, Kerris Casey-St Pierre said: ‘’Words cannot describe just how absolutely devastated we all are.
The Bureau is home to an incredible mix of community groups and creative artists and has been built on four years of hard work and passion.
Today, that same passion and sense of sheer determination is stronger than ever before and while we are all shocked at what has happened, we are absolutely determined to work together to continue the amazing work we do with the community.
The building may have been wrecked and many of our possessions with it, but we are already starting to look at what can be done and make plans for the upcoming events and exhibitions.
The building was our home, and while we all loved it so much, we realise that The Bureau is so much more than just a venue – it is a community and this fire will not take that away.
We would like to thank people for their huge show of support during this incredibly difficult time-we need that now more than ever before.”

Two ways to support Bureau Blackburn and Blackburn Festival of Light in the aftermath of the devastating fire
1. Donate !

2. Vote for us now!! https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/…/let-it-shine-the-pe…

Thanks for your ongoing support.
We wouldn’t have held it together without you all.

Links to more information and photos below


Fire at The Bureau Centre for the Arts – official statement

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Donating to The Bureau Centre for the Arts is a great way to help us build a regular, diverse programme which will create more opportunities for our community to access arts and social activities. Every donation however big or small will help us to continue the work we’re doing.