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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyRSh1eBan4

Buff  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5VAAai-T6w

Sonic Attack  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8gsgokxkb4&feature=youtu.be

Elmo Ashall-Kelly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQxH8tP6Tnw

Charlie Potato https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYjMpz6pQTE

Shipman’s Prescription https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YmVc0N1LEk

The evening will hopefully finish at Midnight!unnamed[2]

Let’s celebrate 1973 – Events happening today at King George’s Hall

1973 poster

This fantastic event includes a surprise performance from a group who have been meeting and working hard at The Bureau, some fabulous banners made by The Bureau and Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio School, and theatre performance by young people from Darwen Youth Theatre working with Action Factory Community Arts, as well as live music from young people and local band Sky Valley Mistress. All for the 1973 price of £1.20

Free activities also happening 1-4pm in Blakey’s and King George’s Hall.

Don’t miss it!!

The Bureau Weekender is almost here!!

Woohoo! Here we go! Here is your invite to our Bureau Weekender Party, celebrating 2 years of The Bureau.

From the 9th-11th June we are pulling out all the stops to pack in EVERYTHING that the Bureau has to offer. Expect live music from Roosevelt Room and Good Foxy, performance from Abooo Theatre and our steel pan drummers, we’ve got Drink & Drawing, dark room workshops, a jacob’s joint, an art auction, a cinema screening, and as much else as we can possibly squeeze in!

Its going to be an incredible weekend and an incredible tour through Blackburn’s art scene. Check out the programme below for loads of FREE activities, or book some tickets to help fund our future events.


Bureau Fundraiser- Art Auction donations wanted

At The Bureau we are having a full weekend of celebrating and fundraising to celebrate being up and running for 2 years.

We are looking for people to support us in this by donating art work for the auction. Please get in touch with sonny@bureaublackburn.co.uk if you are up for donating work. Works will be exhibited over the weekend and the we’d love anyone donating to come along at the opening night to talk to  people about their work.

Thanks in advance- your support really does make all the difference to us.


TONIGHT!! 3Troubadours- Last night of the UK tour


3Troubadours are a trio of storytellers from Norway, Finland and Belgium. Tonight is the last night of their UK Tour- Let’s fill the house and give them a great send off!! Scroll down for more info and to buy tickets…



Saturday 29th April Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. Age 15+
Tickets £9/£7/£5
3 Troubadours- Mobile Dreams


Mobile Dreams is a poetic, funny and warm storytelling performance about the everlasting human search for truth and connection, freedom and beauty. In a playful stream of English spiced with their native tongues (Norwegian, Finnish and Dutch) the three performers behind “Mobile Dreams” tell a string of tales both mythical and personal all connected by the language of dreams. In a Europe with sharper borders and increasing protectionism 3Troubadours invites people into the world of our shared imagination, focusing on the strength of vulnerability, wonder and sharing.

3Troubadours are three storytellers with different qualities and strengths.Markus Luukkonen, Finland / Tom Van Outryve, Belgium / Torgrim Mellum Stene, Norway. 
Three performance storytellers in their mid-thirties from three different countries decide to meet in the Belgian city of Ghent and start a collaboration. They were all concerned with similar questions –
Why do we tell stories?
What is actually important in our life?
Where does the road go from here?
They walked together through parks and along rivers, talking and sharing dreams, myths and personal experiences for the better part of a week.
The result was… Mobile Dreams
Mobile dreams has been on tour round Europe in the last year and a half and is now coming to BlackburnOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Running time 60 mins, interval, 30 mins.
3 Troubadours- Mobile Dreams