CANCELLED- Circus School :-(

BEatniks circus school cancelled


Unfortunately we have had to cancel this Circus school with The Beatnik Collective next week due to lack of numbers booked on.
We will be running one again in the summer so if you fancied it but were a bit slow, the timing was wrong or you just missed it, then get in touch-  and we’ll let you know direct when we have dates booked in.
We are really disappointed not to be having circus fun and send apologies to those who did book- we’ll refund you in full, and appreciate your support.
We hope you have a lovely week anyway, and maybe you could check out the FREE music activities on Friday at The Bureau with Blackburn Music Hub as some consolation.

Running Away with The Beatniks


This amazing opportunity is brought to you by The Bureau working with The Beatnik Collective from Preston.

Last chance to book on this fantastic children’s half term Circus School is this Friday. Drop your kids off at 9 am and collect at 3 pm and see what amazing circus skills they have learned!

There is the chance to complete a Discover Arts Award through this as well as collecting Children’s University stamps.

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The Bureau has been a hive of activity for the last 2 weeks as numerous students prepare to show their best work at COLLECTIVE- the Art and Design Degree show.  The opening night is this Wednesday from 6.30pm, so come down to The Bureau, get a cuppa and some cake in our cafe and have a good look around!

Michael Whelan- If Not Now



This thought provoking series of portraits of older people by Michael Whelan is on display at The Bureau, in the Corridor gallery from now until 1st June.

Contact the elderly- a charity working to reduce isolation in elderly people are hoping to hold an event on Friday 27th as part of the exhibition. Please contact us if this is something you would like to attend.

Opening hours are Thursday- Saturday 12-4pm or by appointment.


URBAN ROOM Film Festival

Blackburn Film Club plays host for the second URBAN ROOM Film Festival.

The SCREENINGS are as follows:

Saturday Night Fever : 8th May

Quadrophenia : 16th May

Kids : 22nd May

A Clockwork Orange : 29th May


A very old and original photograph.

This photograph was given as a gift to the Bureau from a local resident of Blackburn who used to attend St John’s the Evangelist Church.

He was quite happy that the Bureau took over this old church and now uses it for the arts.

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Hello world!

Welcome the the Bureau Blackburn website. Stay tuned for more news and information.

On Thursday 19th February we are excited to be holding a number of fantastic events all on one day.
10866102_1558055187785450_644935387320507445_o (1)GET CREATIVE – a nationwide initiative, in partnership with  the BBC will be happening from 10.30 am, and is a day full of lots of Free creative activities- for all ages.


Music, drama, puppetry, dance, art, crafts , film, circus skills, storytelling, singing, parkour, graffiti wall , and more more more….. Lots of individual artists will be there to help you try new techniques, as well as Action Factory Community Arts, Love and Etiquette Foundation, Somewhereto_ and SLYNCS- all local arts organisations who will also be letting you know what other opportunities to engage in the Arts there are in the area.

There are also plenty of chances to let us know what you want from The Bureau – Centre for the Arts , and to help shape what we offer.

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At around 5pm GET CREATIVE  will move into Art SPACE- a regular monthly event  where people get together to share creativity: through use of exhibition space, workshops, open mic performances, live music, food, socialising, collaboration, networking and FUN!

This month we have Open Mic slots available, but also have a showcase of local  performers, singer-songwriters and bands performing until 10.30pm.  In keeping with GET CREATIVE, this month’s event is FREE.

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During the evening at 7.30pm we will be holding an ART AUCTION – all works in the auction have been donated by artists who want to support  the set of The  Bureau Centre for the Arts. Lots can be viewed online at  or in person on Wednesday 18th in the afternoon, and all day on Thursday 19th Feb.

Please have a look and consider buying some art- all proceeds go towards the set up and running costs of the Centre for the Arts.

Timetable for the day’s event below.

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