Get Scientific with Art!

Explore colour; Create your own cell; Make an LED lantern out of recycled materials.
Experiment with Glow in the dark neon artwork; Solve a crime and have a go at some photographic techniques and more more more!!
An exciting weekend filled with fun, FREE hands on arts and science activities for all, as part of British Science Week.
Come along down for as long as you like and join in, 11 am- 5pm Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March.

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Workshops, talks, activities and more…..
Suitable for all ages
Kindly funded by the British Science Association and the National Lottery Celebrate!
Tell all your friends, bring your granny and don’t miss it!!

Dreams for our Daughters- International Women’s Day events


Here at The Bureau we have an arts workshop  open to all for International Women’s Day

International Women' Day


Come along and make a prayer flag, a dreamcatcher or decoration with a message of positive wishes for women. This will be added to our Wishing Tree outside the Cathedral on Wednesday 8th March.

Other events for International Women’s Day can be found here all in one place thanks to Visit Blackburn.

Arts and Science Opportunities- deadline extension

****The deadline for the artist/ scientist’s proposals has been extended to Monday 13th Feb at midnight, so you know what you need to do this weekend!
Look forwards to reading them all…..*****


Some exciting opportunities for Arts and Science practitioners, as well as for community members with a passion for Arts and Science.

Read on……


Art and Science call out

**Please note **Submission deadline for proposals: 10th Feb 

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Community call out

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The Chef show is Coming- Get your tickets now!

              Sunday 12th February 3pm 

A fusion of play and cookery demonstration.


 Two actors play all the roles in the story of a busy night in the local curry house. They are also joined by guest chef Yazi from Aamaali- offering a spicy cookery demonstration. Includes a chance to share food and  conversation with your local chef and the cast.

                          Deliciously entertaining for all the family!

Tickets: £9/£7/£5

The Chef Show

The story of The Chef Show centres on father and son Abdul and Kamal on a particularly busy night in their restaurant.  As they struggle to deal with all of the customers ‘out front’ and the staff in the kitchen they also have to decide on the future of the family business.  Will Kamal carry on the family business, or is this the end?  Much of the fun of the show comes from seeing just two actors having to play multiple roles – in the same scene!

Comments from our invited audiences during our workshops:

Very entertaining. It’s something really different.”

                        “Food, theatre – what’s not to like!”

                        “Great idea – original, funny, moving.”


This is a comedy inspired by interviews with real people working in the ‘Indian’ restaurant trade.  We have found that many rural curry houses and takeaways are run by people who commute long distances and so there can be a lack of knowledge and understanding between them and the local community.

We want to give audiences an entertaining night out, with a delicious taste of food and the chance to learn more about the lives of people who are running these restaurants.  We feel this is important in these unsettling times, when hate crimes are on the increase and where world events can lead to a fear of ‘the other’.



1973 and all that…..

1973Free. All welcome.

A Heritage Lottery funded project set to uncover and celebrate the 1973 year of concerts at King George’s Hall

A reminiscence and memorabilia event ‘1973 And All That’ on Saturday 4th February, 1.00 – 5.00pm at The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Victoria St. Blackburn.

image002This is a chance for interested music fans and those who attended any of the 1973 gigs to bring their own objects – tickets, posters, photos – to share and be documented for the project. It is also an opportunity to sign up to take part in oral history interviews of their memories and experiences of 1973 concerts at KGH.

The free event includes a new presentation and Q and A by musicDr. Toby Manning, music author and academic, 1973 The Year Bowie Came to Blackburnauthor and academic, Dr. Toby Manning on the 1973 music era and the bands who played KGH. Music and heritage fans will also have the opportunity to see rarely seen films and footage of the era from the archive of the project’s oral historian, Ian Alderson, who also attended a number of the concerts, including Bowie, in 1973. Ian is one of the fans who started the project after the death of David Bowie.

David Bowie and Slade 1973 Concerts Lancashire Evening Telegraph Newspaper AdvertIan said:
‘The drop in event is a chance to meet people who have stories and objects to share and tell us about in a relaxed and informal setting at The Bureau. Many people have already come forward to tell us they still have their tickets and programmes and so on, so we’re really looking forward to welcoming them and any others who are interested in finding out more about this fascinating heritage to the event on Saturday.’

The event is free. All our welcome. Tea and cake will be provided1973

New York Tourists to play in February


Good Foxy, No Hot Ashes and Polar States as special guests at the New York Tourists home town gig! See you at the front!

NEW YORK TOURISTS present a tailor made night at The Bureau – Centre for Arts in our hometown, Blackburn.
See NYT in Spectacular surroundings, a gig like no other.


Or contact NYT

Special Guests



More special guests to be announced

Doors 7pm
Advance tickets £6

Blackburn’s BIG Lantern Parade

We are really excited at The Bureau as Blackburn’s Annual Lantern Parade is almost upon us and The Bureau is full of all the lovely lanterns that have been made over the last month all ready to be collected on Saturday.

If you didn’t manage to make a lantern this year then don’t despair- you can still join in!Aelwyn lantern walk2

There are lanterns to spare, which you can collect from The Bureau on Saturday from 4pm, you could bring a lantern from home, or you could get yourself kitted out in a light up costume!

apus-productions-winterwonderland-birds-and-snow-queen-1Whatever you do don’t stay at home as you are in for a treat with the amazing illuminated Winter wonderland birds, fire shows from Flame Oz and DAPA ; and our favorite Fireman Dave, plus live music from Blackburn’s own Blowjangles as well as Handmade Samba visiting us from Hebden Bridge!

There are fireworks at the Cathedral at 5.45 pm and a street party  on Church street from 6-7pm so  wrap up warm, find some lights and come and join in!!!