Blaze Festival Blog

Blaze Festival 2015: awakening the spirit of creativity for Halloween

23 – 31 October

by Matthew Wilde, Programmes Manager

The countdown is on to the 4th Blaze Festival, which will be showcasing the very best of the region’s young creative talent; and we could not be more excited about the line up.

Taking their inspiration from Halloween, a group of 16-21 year olds have been working with practicing artists on projects that have explored writing, production and performance; and from 26 to 31 October you are invited to see the results.

The events are suited to young adult audiences and families with older children, who should expect the unexpected:

Preston: Harris Library Museum and Art Gallery take-over

An interactive promenade performance takes place at The Harris with a plot that takes its inspiration from the infamous Brothers Grimm.  The work has been written, produced and will be performed by a group of 12 young people who have worked with Sharklegs, a London-based theatre company.

Skelmersdale: Zombie Anonymous

Screenings will take place across Lancashire of a film made in Skelmersdale about Halloween favourite, zombies.  The piece is brought to the big screen by 25 talented youngsters who have worked with award-winning film-maker and director James Shaw.  The group has taken on not just the scriptwriting, but also done the make-up, sourced the costumes and performed in the film, which will be entered for awards.

Burnley: Uncanny Valley and Zine Library

An international film festival comes to Burnley libraries, which has been curated by 10 young people who have searched the world for film titles that will truly bring the Halloween theme to life.  This project also features a Zine library, the art of creating independent magazines.

Accrington:  Alternate Worlds

It will be a very different experience that awaits those visiting Accrington library during Blaze festival week, when the results of an exciting exhibition are revealed.  A group of young people has been working with artist Amy Lawrence, transforming the space to create an alternate world.

To find out more about what we’ve got planned for Blaze Festival and to take part visit