Festival planned for Blackburn

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A FREE festival celebrating ‘everything Blackburn has to offer’ will run for the first time this year.
The one-day festival, Blackburn Beat, will be an extravaganza of local food, craft beers and live music.
It comes following a number of recent initiatives that are aiming to boost the town’s night time economy, promote the arts and get people back into the centre of town.
The council-led Blackburn is Open scheme has been attracting people to the town centre with street parties, new creative businesses, pop-up cinemas and film screenings and events like ‘drink and draw’.
The scheme inspired a live music event called Friday Night Live, in which different town centre venues hosting free live gigs to kick-start every weekend.
Blackburn Beat hopes to build on these successes on August 23, and establish Blackburn as a cultural town worth visiting, when the festival is launched in King William Street.
There will also be a selection of free craft workshops for children ensuring that it will be a day offering fun for people of all ages.
Councillor Maureen Bateson, executive member for Regeneration at the council, said: “Blackburn and the surrounding area has a wealth of quality producers, and talents, and this event is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase this to local people and visitors alike.”
“The Festival will bring to life this town centre street, with music and tasty treats for the town to be proud of.”
Councillor Damian Talbot, executive member for Leisure, Culture and Young People, said: “It will be a fantastic event for all ages and will give local people the chance to show off their talents.”
“It will be a great opportunity to see what else the town centre has to offer including our fabulous museum and library.”
The festival is being organised by Capital Life, and is receiving funding from Blackburn with Darwen Council.

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1:55pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Izanears says...

A clean up of all the litter around Whalley Range would be a better idea.
A clean up of all the litter around Whalley Range would be a better idea. Izanears
  • Score: 46

8:12pm Sat 14 Jun 14

accylongside says...

A festival of all Blackburn has to offer??? In the immortal words of Richard Littlejohn. "You couldn't make it up"
A festival of all Blackburn has to offer??? In the immortal words of Richard Littlejohn. "You couldn't make it up" accylongside
  • Score: 38

8:36pm Sat 14 Jun 14

shepkaz says...

Just another excuse for all the boozers of Blackburn to make fools of themselves
Just another excuse for all the boozers of Blackburn to make fools of themselves shepkaz
  • Score: 26

8:53pm Sat 14 Jun 14

boynesider says...

the heart was ripped out of Blackburn years ago by bad planning thinking all you need is a shopping centre to prosper.too little way too late.the town is a tip.it is depressing to walk through
the heart was ripped out of Blackburn years ago by bad planning thinking all you need is a shopping centre to prosper.too little way too late.the town is a tip.it is depressing to walk through boynesider
  • Score: 46

11:06pm Sat 14 Jun 14

abetterblackburn says...

‘everything Blackburn has to offer’

Well, I can only assume Jack Straw has organised this one. Nearing the end of his very long lasting safe seat career in Blackburn he will no doubt be wanting to dig up anything that will help avoid the embarrassment to the end to his career as MP for Blackburn. No doubt he will be wanting his lackey to be running around trying to find all she can that may shine a little light on the overcast environment that he has created during his long lasting safe seat stay. A pat on the head for looking after things while he’s often been away doing other things. But Kate did say he would still be coming back to help didn’t she!

Blackburn’s safe seat regime has enabled Jack Straw to make himself extremely comfortable not having to worry about competition. Away to his home area to further his political career. Thirty odd years is proof enough to what having a safe seat can produce. He’s been a very lucky man thanks to the voting powers of an area born within the historical horrors that was so common within the past industrial north of England. That’s where his safe seat was originated from. Memories of the past has kept his safe seat very safe indeed!

But let me leave you with this thought. If there had not been a safe seat here in Blackburn would Jack Straw have been able be have been parachuted in the way he was? Would he have been able to have had the opportunity to have promoted his political career elsewhere in London? Would he have then been able to have supported Tony Blair during his false fears of weapons of mass destruction to enable us to have invaded Iraq?

That’s what having had a safe seat regime here in Blackburn has produced. Not only the downward slope of Blackburn but because of the Iraq disaster there’s now unrest within the rest of the world as well. Just look what a mess Iraq is in today because of those decisions!

Jack Straw ‘everything Blackburn should be ashamed about’
‘everything Blackburn has to offer’ Well, I can only assume Jack Straw has organised this one. Nearing the end of his very long lasting safe seat career in Blackburn he will no doubt be wanting to dig up anything that will help avoid the embarrassment to the end to his career as MP for Blackburn. No doubt he will be wanting his lackey to be running around trying to find all she can that may shine a little light on the overcast environment that he has created during his long lasting safe seat stay. A pat on the head for looking after things while he’s often been away doing other things. But Kate did say he would still be coming back to help didn’t she! Blackburn’s safe seat regime has enabled Jack Straw to make himself extremely comfortable not having to worry about competition. Away to his home area to further his political career. Thirty odd years is proof enough to what having a safe seat can produce. He’s been a very lucky man thanks to the voting powers of an area born within the historical horrors that was so common within the past industrial north of England. That’s where his safe seat was originated from. Memories of the past has kept his safe seat very safe indeed! But let me leave you with this thought. If there had not been a safe seat here in Blackburn would Jack Straw have been able be have been parachuted in the way he was? Would he have been able to have had the opportunity to have promoted his political career elsewhere in London? Would he have then been able to have supported Tony Blair during his false fears of weapons of mass destruction to enable us to have invaded Iraq? That’s what having had a safe seat regime here in Blackburn has produced. Not only the downward slope of Blackburn but because of the Iraq disaster there’s now unrest within the rest of the world as well. Just look what a mess Iraq is in today because of those decisions! Jack Straw ‘everything Blackburn should be ashamed about’ abetterblackburn
  • Score: 39

7:12am Sun 15 Jun 14

Reasons says...

A festival of what.!!!
How to destroy a town and its historic buildings ,,,,NERO!!
A festival of what.!!! How to destroy a town and its historic buildings ,,,,NERO!! Reasons
  • Score: 48

6:11pm Sun 15 Jun 14

doylerf says...

Izanears wrote:
A clean up of all the litter around Whalley Range would be a better idea.
Educate litter dropping scum on Whalley Range not to drop litter.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: A clean up of all the litter around Whalley Range would be a better idea.[/p][/quote]Educate litter dropping scum on Whalley Range not to drop litter. doylerf
  • Score: 35

6:02am Mon 16 Jun 14

Ronnietate says...

At least they are doping something. Just hope it does not turn into another "Asian Arts" festival.
At least they are doping something. Just hope it does not turn into another "Asian Arts" festival. Ronnietate
  • Score: 8

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