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The National Festival of Making - Makers' Market

King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Unfortunately, the 2020 Festival of Making has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are unable to take any more applications for this now.

The Festival of Making write:

We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the National Festival of Making, due to take place on Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 June 2020, due to the developing situation regarding COVID-19. We plan to re-imagine how we can bring a programme of work at a later stage in the year.

The National Festival of Making relies on people coming together to share in the experience of making, not only during the annual showcase festival weekend, but throughout the year in preparations that involve artists, makers, manufacturers, our communities and more. The COVID-19 pandemic itself and the sensible precautions we’re taking to help keep ourselves and others healthy, mean that none of those preparations are currently possible. 

Together we’ll be doing everything in our power to deliver a programme of work later this year and ensure everyone in our community of artists, makers, manufacturers, and the public are able to play a part in future plans, supporting collective resilience. A programme of work will be developed to provide positive making experiences at the right time and in response to the changes we are experiencing. 

We are extremely grateful for the support received from our board and from partners, who each face their own challenges in these difficult times; our colleagues in the manufacturing industries; our funders; and our commissioned artists, whose work we will present at a later stage and are being consulted about this decision. Our team is now working at home, but are contactable should anyone like to talk through the changes we’ve enacted. 

More than ever The National Festival of Making’s principle of MAKING Community must come into play. We must collectively be there for one another and for the maker and artist community, consider our neighbours and the needs of others, and stay safe and well.

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Kind thanks to the National Festival of Making for use of their photos of the Makers’ Market at the 2019 National Festival of Making.