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!!!



Art and Craft Market



Buy something truly special this Christmas whilst supporting local artists and makers.

A host of local artists andmakers will have a delectable and ecclectic mix of original artworks, unique and lovingly handcrafted items, and bespoke gifts for sale all under one roof!

Cafe will be open serving hot drinks and snacks.

FREE Entry

Do you have art products for sale? Contact amberholistics@hotmail.com

Lantern Making Workshops



Come along to The Bureau and work with a professional lantern artist to create a beautiful paper and willow lantern for the Blackburn Festival of Light Lantern Parade on 17th December.

Make an individual lantern to take home after the parade, or get together with a group to create a giant lantern as a group. Finish in a day or come back each week.

Suitable for age 5-95. Not compulsory to come with a child!! This is a messy gluey activity, so please wear suitable clothing. Lanterns will be stored at The Bureau until the parade, so no need to transport a wet lantern home . Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Fairtrade and Organic drinks and snacks for sale in The Bureau cafe.


Short film screenings- Throw Me To The Dogs & The Truants

Friday 25th November 2016 at 7:00pm



Screening of award-winning local short films ‘Throw Me to the Dogs’ and ‘The Truants’ by Blackburn based filmmaker Aaron Dunleavy, with cast and crew Q&A.

 Set and filmed in Blackburn, both films were entirely improvised, childhood inspired and street casted with non-professional local actors. Winning multiple awards, with praise from Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle, the films have been screened at some of the most prestigious BAFTA and Oscar® qualifying festivals around the world.


A troubled teenage boy, growing up in a dreamless wilderness, is stripped of his dignity as his father abandons him for the outside world which he is trying to retreat from.



Two teenage boys break free from school to embark on a dangerous adventure, as they truant their way across the threatening industrial landscape which surrounds them

Tickets £3


First 50 Advance tickets purchased receive a signed copy of a poster for one of Aaron’s award winning films.


his event is a fundraiser for the Bureau Centre for the Arts with Aaron kindly donating any proceeds  to the upkeep and running of this volunteer managed initiative.


13912848_1761856194072014_4394194690718186416_nPapergirl is a street art project originating in Berlin in 2006, which is now produced in cities worldwide. Art is collected from the creative community, exhibited, and then, in the style of American paperboys, rolled up and distributed by bicycle to random passers-by.


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, website and Papergirl Blackburn on the back of your submission.


Deadline for Submission by Post 17th October 2016 • Deliveries in person 21st October 2016

Post your work to Papergirl Blackburn, 419 Revidge Road, Blackburn, BB18DF
Hand in to The Bureau Centre For the Arts, St John’s Church, Victoria Street, Blackburn, BB16DW


Exhibition starts at 7pm on Tuesday, 8th November
Exhibition ends on Wednesday, 16th November
Big Public Giveaway starts at 1pm on Saturday, 19th November

To see works submitted to date find our event and follow us on Facebook


Painting the Indian Gods. Don’t miss out on this stunning performance from Balbir Singh Dance Company!

Painting the Indian Gods

unnamedA stunning, visual and aural depiction of a panoply of Indian Gods, their stories, representations and incarnations invoked by a storyteller, musicians and an painting-the-indian-gods-smallartist painting live on stage.



The show is part of a double bill with Classical Indian music in the second half.

This performance is brought to you in partnership with Dance Across The North Strategic Touring Project.


Sunday 9th October

Doors 5.30pm, show starts at 6pm



Suitable for ages 8+




Painting the Indian Gods