Lancashire Encounter

An ambitious, high-quality creative festival for the whole of Lancashire that builds on the regions great tradition of making and taking part. Bringing together artists, arts organisations and communities from across Lancashire, the Encounter will be a true Lancastrian celebration.

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Lancashire Encounter works across the county of Lancashire on audience development, participation and engagement in year-round events and workshops, which culminate in a biennial festival in the City of Preston, which will next be held in September 2021. The festival is a multi-arts event with a procession at its heart and celebrating the creativity, innovation and know-how of the county’s arts, cultural and creative community.

The Encounter choir works throughout the year bringing together participants from a wide variety of backgrounds to then perform at the festival alongside nationally and internationally renowned artists and acts.

Lancashire Encounter 2021

Why we joined Without Walls

The support that we receive from Without Walls is hugely valuable.

The network of contacts and the level of experience within that is much appreciated and the subsidy model means we are able to programme work that wouldn’t necessarily be available to us otherwise.

We also hugely appreciate the assistance and funding towards audience development and Arts Awards activity and these are important priorities for our festival.


Lancashire Encounter's Team

Encounter has recently appointed a new Executive Producer, Esther Ferry-Kennington, to take the lead on programming and organisational development for the festival.

Esther works closely with the staff team within Preston City Council, particularly Cultural Officer Rita Whitlock, Events Officer Richard Baxter and Head of Culture Tim Joel.

Lancashire Encounter

Lancashire Encounter is an ambitious, high-quality creative festival for the whole of Lancashire that builds on the regions great tradition of making and taking part. Bringing together artists, arts organisations and communities from across Lancashire, the Encounter will be a true Lancastrian celebration.

Audiences at Lancashire Encounter

Lancashire Encounter engages audiences through participatory activity throughout the year such as parade workshops and choir rehearsals. We are consistently seeking new audiences for all of our events and the entire festival is presently free to ensure access for all the county’s communities. In 2021 we will begin to develop earned income through new, ticketed events, but these will be programmed to sit comfortably alongside the present programming.

Through partnerships with organisations throughout Lancashire such as Preston Caribbean Carnival and Preston City Mela, we will continue to prioritise diverse artists, participants and audiences over the coming years to ensure our festival is relevant and exciting.