Free weekly music and craft activity sessions for young children and babies with their parent, carer or childminder support. Facilitated by our partners Note Weavers CIC and funded by Youth Music via National Lottery Funding.

At Fettle we are working to create a community to inspire, skill share and support, with the ethos of reducing the number of items sent to landfill. Look out for an in-person relaunch event at The Bureau in the autumn and join the Fettle Facebook group

Paint the Town, a one-day challenge for artists of all ages and abilities, most recently took place in June 2021 with artist creating work in the town centre and at home. Later this year we'll be hosting an exhibition of work created on the day.


Storytelling has been part of The Bureau's programme since our early days, and over 2020 and 2021 we worked with some of our favourite storytellers on online performances and skills workshops.


Rise: Spoken Word at The Bureau was part of our Arts Council England funded 'From The Ashes' project, designed to help us find new ways of working in our new venue. During 2020/2021 we hosted online workshops and spoken word events with leading writers and open mic opportunities.


Our Live Music Programme, Rise! ran online during early 2021, with a live event, on our new stage and with audience in June. Rise! brought together some of the best in local live music and provides a platform for up and coming young talent as support.

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Communities across the borough are transforming forgotten alleys into community green spaces. We are supporting this with a Facebook group and have recently been awarded funding by BwDBC Social Integration Team to provide training and networking sessions.


We Are Blackburn Together, based at The Bureau, is a group of Blackburn residents working to bring people together and celebrate our town's diversity through regular social events, where culture and stories are shared. Find them on Facebook.