Festival of Making 2018

Festival of Making at The Bureau


festival of makingWe have lots and lots of fantastic things going on over the Festival of Making weekend- here’s a bit of a run down, but there will be more so come along and join in the fun and look out for posts and updates on Facebook and Twitter. 

Find out about all the other events at the Festival of Making HERE



waste less taste more

Get stuck in with the award-winning Cracking Good Food team and cook up a festival feast-for-all.

We invite you to the The Bureau for an extra-special cook up – learn how to get the best from healthy ingredients and cook up taste sensations that won’t break the bank with our sustainability experts Cracking Good Food.

Learn top tips on:
How to avoid food waste
How to transform dinners with distinguished flavours
How to add your own magical imagination to meals!
There’ll be plenty of food to go round and you can walk away at the end of the day with an armful of healthy ingredients and a wholesome recipe.

Join us on a journey of cooking & eating good tasty affordable food together. Delicious!

Creative eating and meeting space
The Bureau FEAST
Come along and meet new neighbours, make new friends, find out about the people you share the town with, dress up and have your photo taken in our photobooth,  join in with the fun and games in our outdoor eating area,  just hang out and listen to the sounds from our People’s Platform, or book a slot to play, sing, or perform!
The world is full of friends you haven’t met yet!
Community FEAST!
IMG_20170611_121501With funding from a  Near Neighbours grant, The Bureau will be holding three community FEASTs over the coming months, and the first one will be on this weekend for the Festival of Making in our outdoor creative dining area !
Our Feasts! are shared meals for the communities of Blackburn to come together, eat, talk and meet new people, and at the Festival of Making you can make some food with Cracking Good Food inside The Bureau, bring some food to share or just come and join us in conversation and fun.
The FEAST itself will run on Sunday from 2-4pm


photobooth2Local photographer Matt Ainsworth is bringing along a pop up photo studio to our Creative Dining area for the weekend.

Come and join the fun – we will have some dress up stuff available or bring your own!

Have your photo taken with new friends or old friends.




  People’s Platform


Want to have a moment in the limelight? Get in touch with us to book a slot on our People’s Platform at the Festival of Making. Sat 12 & Sun 13th May 11-5pm . Sing a song, tell a story, recite a poem, do a dance- the stage is yours!
Basic PA, small stage platform and event shelter.
Sign up board available on the weekend, but let us know sooner to book your ideal time, and give us some idea of what you want to do. Time slots will be limited.

Film Screenings


Films from local artists and about local makers are on a rolling programme throughout the weekend in our community cinema. Come and have a relaxing break watching some fantastic short films.


2 Man Exhibition-presented by Francis Charlton. 

exhibitionAn exhibition of works from Chris Crawshaw and James Lawrence- Surrealist meets illustrator, in the Gallery at The Bureau is open for viewing over the weekend.






cakeOur cafe will also be open over the weekend serving delicious fresh homemade cake, and a range of teas, herbal teas and coffee.