Monthly Circus Skill share

Ever wanted to run away and join the circus?!?!

Then we have really exciting news!

Circus skills share

Announcing the return of our monthly Circus Skill share with Dimitri from the internationally renowned FLAME OZ,  and special April session with the one and only fireman Dave!  First session Tuesday 13th February. £3 concession £5 full price. 7-8.30pm. Suitable for adults and older children. Come along and join in!

Trickster- Dominic Kelly

Saturday 3rd February sees favorite storyteller Dominic Kelly return with his fantastic telling of Trickster at 7.30pm . Doors open at 7pm. Age 12+

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15th July 1910

John Henry Williams walks out of school. His classmates, teachers, and the local doctor have already fallen foul of his trickery.

Ahead are fun, fortune and a hundred more serious ruses to try. Little does he know he’ll soon be hunted as the most wanted man in the country.

Harbouring deviously disguised global trickster tales and real-life story, Storyteller Dominic Kelly embarks on an audacious tale of trickery and deceit; a tale where truth and hearsay, history, folktale and myth flicker like shadows in sunshine. Come journey on a trickster’s side of the road…

“Wickedly Wonderful” Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

“Feedback has been absolutely glowing. Everybody who was there said it was amazing” Litfest,Lancaster


Dominic Kelly is an English performance storyteller with a dynamic and engaging style that has captivated audiences in hundreds of schools, theatres and festivals around the world. Appearances include London’s Barbican and National Theatre, and international festivals from Wales and Ireland to Stockholm and Delhi. He has helped countless young people tell stories through community and education projects.

Length 60 minutes, for adults and age 12 and above

 Need more convincing? – Read this review from Erica Wagner in The Times, Saturday 7th July 2012

“Then there was Dominic Kelly’s new show, Trickster, a compelling,funny and heartbreaking construction drawing on the life of Percy Toplis, who towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th seemed to fool everyone he met. Kelly’s performance gave this character from history aspects of Anansi, Coyote, and Crow, eternal, mythological tricksters without whom human culture can’t seem to survive. We need the tricksters, particularly in tough times.”


Please note Tickets on the Door are £10 full;  £8 concession and £6 under 16’s – save money and pre book now!



After a great first event with fantastic feedback from those attending we are happy to announce Chapter 2 NW DUB MINISTRY on Saturday 20th January.



NW Roots proudly presents #DUBMINISTRY#2
Reggae / Dub / Roots & Culture / Steppas – of the highest order.

Come dance, eat & drink with us at our new monthly venue the stunning Bureau in Blackburn ( formerly St John’s Church)
Sound System & Entertainment provided by “the northwest heavyweights”
#OPERATIONSOUNDSYSTEM in session with full crew: Nick Sasquash / Deeroid Deeriod / Ben Jaman / Ryan De Razzle + Special guests#SKYBANKS from
& #REDJAY #UndergroundRoots & #RunRedHIFI
Entry £5 Gate rate ….
9 until 3 AM
Food Available form the Bureau’s very own #StoneSoupCafe
Record & merchandise stall’s
A gathering of good vibes & good people
All at one of the most wonderful & unique venues you could ever wish for.
All Tribes Welcome ♥

#OperationSoundSystem] will be resident sound for these sessions, however, NW Dub Ministry will provide a platform for all like minded Dj’s, selectors, singers, artists & sound system to perform, alongside some of the biggest names in Dub & Reggae.
The intention, to create something magical again to rival the legendary sessions @ Tony Empress Ballroom in the late 90’s early 2000’s when Operation was the resident sound back then.
These sessions regularly drew large crowds of 300 & 400 + to Blackburn….
Its ALL about the PEOPLE & the MUSIC, the message… Time for Blackburn & the North West to rise! Wake the town & tell the people… tell a friend, bring a friend & lets make this a time to remember!
Bass & love ♥

Tales of Birbal- Children’s theatre for half term

Mashi Theatre, in association with The Spark Arts For Children and supported by Z-arts, presents Tales of Birbal by Sayan Kent from an original concept by Trina Haldar

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Timeless and treasured fables from the Indian sub-continent
Step into the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar and his witty advisor, the legendary Birbal…
Mashi and Bhanji are travelling story-tellers, living hand-to-mouth with just a wooden cart, trinkets they have collected on their travels, and a family of mischievous crows for company.

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Stopping one day for lunch, they recreate mythical tales of the great King Akbar and his wise companion, Birbal. How can a man survive a night in a freezing lake? How many crows are there in a kingdom? Only Birbal knows!
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Using humour, puppetry, music and the occasional fake beard, Mashi and Bhanji bring to vivid life these famous tales that have been treasured for generations.
“Joyful, colourful, vibrant and funny.” Children’s Theatre Reviews

030_Tales of Birbal_Pamela Raith Photography“What a great show. If you are wanting laughter, to go into the imagination and connect with your inner child, then this play has it all!” Audience Member
Suitable for children aged 6+ and their families
Duration: 50 minutes

Tickets £7 adults, £5 Children

2pm start.

PLEASE NOTE – Art workshop time changed to Post show from 3pm £3 per person- make a crow mask or puppet.

Tales of Birbal



Papergirl Blackburn- We need your art work!


Papergirl is a street art project originating in Berlin in 2006, which is now produced in cities worldwide. Art is collected from the creative community, blogged about/shared on social media, exhibited, and then, in the style of American paperboys, rolled up and distributed by bicycle to random passers-by.

CALLING ALL CREATIVES WE WANT YOUR SUBMISSIONS (this is a great opportunity to get your work seen by different audiences).

Papergirl Blackburn is open for submissions. Send us your art, photographs, screen prints, paintings, pros, design, poetry, collage, drawing and doodles. You can send as much work as you want. No bigger the A3 size and we can roll it. Papergirl Blackburn is open to everyone and all submissions will be exhibited for a week before delivery. To submit work write your name, email, website and Papergirl Blackburn on the back of your submission.


Deadline for Submission by Post 1st November 2017 • Deliveries in person Tuesday 7th November 2017 afternoon

Post your work to Papergirl Blackburn, c/o Sonny Barker, 80 Avondale road, Darwen, BB31NS
Hand in to The Bureau Centre For the Arts, St John’s Church, Victoria Street, Blackburn, BB16DW


Exhibition starts at 7pm on Thursday 9th November

Music from Hannah Jessica Cecilia Small & Jimmy J.V. Dub Reggae set

There will be a bar serving refreshments

Exhibition ends on Wednesday 22rd November
Big Public Giveaway starts at 1pm on Saturday, 25th November – want to volunteer for the giveaway? Please get in touch.

Fun Palaces event – We need YOUR help!

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For the last two years we have been fortunate enough to have some funding which helped us run two fantastic super sized Fun Palace events. This year we haven’t got any so we are asking for help in a number of ways.

Firstly – please come and get involved- this is more important than any donation. We have a space we have a time, we need people who are passionate about arts and science to come and help share that passion with others. So if you are a champion knitter who wants to enthuse others, come and show people how to knit- we have some wool! If you are a rocket scientist, come and talk to people and let them design their own rockets- we have pens and paper. Sing a song, tell a tale, do an experiment…. there’s a space for you to pass on your passion to others, and we will help where we can. Do let us know first so we can expect you!

Secondly- help us tell people about it. We have no funds for flyers or adverts, but you are our best means of spreading the word. shout it from the rooftops, whisper it in the library, chalk it on the pavement, best not graffiti on the bus, but you get our drift. Tell your mum, your neighbour, your friends, your dog, your granny and everyone in the supermarket queue to come along and join us in having fun!!

Thirdly – if you do have some pennies to spare , and you think this is something worth funding, please consider giving us a donation here…/funpalacesatthebureau2017

Why do we need funding? Well although it is a voluntary event in a volunteer space, we still have bills and insurance to pay, it is nice to cover volunteers expenses, funding materials is helpful so we always have enough stuff to do fun stuff with, flyers would be great, and at the end of the list there are always people who put in a lot of their time and would really appreciate a small wage for their work.

If you think we are doing a good job and would like us to carry on instead of going to work at a supermarket, then occasional payment for our time helps keep things sweet!!

This is a free event and there is NO obligation to part with any money at all though, and we’d rather you joined us in community and did a bit to help out 🙂 Looking forwards to it all!!! See you soon.

Paint The Town and Heritage Open Days

“Paint the Town….. “is a challenge to artists of all ages and abilities- beginners, amateurs and professionals- to create a painting or drawing in a day with in Blackburn and the surrounding borough along the theme of Old and New.

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Artists will need to register in advance in order to be allocated an exhibition space and will be required to attend The Bureau Centre for the Arts on Saturday between 9am and 10 am in order to have their blank canvas authenticated with a date stamp.

Artists will then be able to go out into the surrounding area to their favourite location to produce a piece of work.

For anyone new to the idea there may be the possibility that we could run group sessions on the day or signpost you to courses in advance.

All work will need to be returned to the building by 6pm and there will be a time slot allocated for any framing and hanging of work.

A preview of the exhibition will be held on sunday 10th from 4-6.30pm

From Monday 11th- Sat 23rd 10am-4pm The Bureau Centre for the Arts will be open for the exhibition for members of the public to come and view and there will be a sale of any works that artists wish to sell.

The announcement of prizewinners and Prizegiving will be at Art SPACE on Thursday 21st September at 6.30pm. Unsold work to be collected on Saturday 23rd September from 4-6pm

Lode Star exhibition and celebration event 2nd September



3rd – 29th September 2017 The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Victoria Street, Blackburn

Lodestar an exhibition of poetry and art.


Blackburn poet Mark Ward has been working with artists Kate Davis and David Moore and graphic artist Michael Webster to produce images, texts and video works inspired by the remarkable Margo Grimshaw and her gloriously infamous Lodestar Club.

Building up to the opening event on 2nd September, images have been posted on billboards and hoardings. Banners have gone up all round Blackburn and neighbouring towns and videos screened at Blackburn Rovers and Burnley football grounds.

This multi-media extravaganza is brought together for a month-long exhibition at The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Blackburn, culminating in a new poetry publication Portrait in Black.

Gay discos, fashion shows, live bands and male strippers. The Lodestar was situated on a country lane a few miles from Blackburn, where it’s geographical position gave it a neutrality and an independence not otherwise afforded to the regular pubs and clubs at the time.

The club hosted the Sex Pistols in 1976 prior to them signing a record contract and a year later gave the Boomtown Rats their first UK gig. You had to make an effort to get there and you never knew what to expect. People travelled from as far away as the Lake District and Cheshire and the excitement and anticipation was tangible beneath the lights, the sweat and the throbbing beats of raw new music pumping out across the dancefloor.

Salacious, salubrious, lawless, edgy: it was all of those things, but more importantly it was a community of young like-minded people, stepping out from their factories and typing pools to express themselves through subversive music and fashion. A rite of passage for a generation of new Romantics prepared to break with convention and set out to find their place and voice in the world.


‘Abstractionism Exhibition & Live Music Opening Event’- 3rd August

Thursday 3rd August Exhibition starts from 6pm. Bands start from 7.30pm.

Licensed Bar!


The exhibition will feature 35 visual artists from various disciplines:

Painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and light.

There will also be a small selection of artwork by students from

‘Our Lady and Saint Catholic College, Blackburn.’

Organised & Curated by North West based Visual Artist and Curator Jonathan Hughes.


Live music will come from 3 bands:

Manchester punk rock band Buff,

Lancashire rock band Faster Than Bulls, and Manchester Hawk-wind Tribute band Sonic Attack

as well as solo musicians Charlie Potato and Elmo Ashall-Kelly.

DJ’s Sam and Adam (aka Shipman’s Prescription) will end the nights entertainment.

£5 on the door per person, 18+. (The ticket sales pay for the bands)


Faster Than Bulls


Sonic Attack

Elmo Ashall-Kelly

Charlie Potato

Shipman’s Prescription

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