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Brief Encounter

Red balloons from Lancashire Encounter 2016

Relive Lancashire’s arts festival - or encounter it for the first time. Brief Encounter includes a packed evening of exciting things to see, do and experience.

Encounter is on a journey of development and we are building Lancashire audiences and raising awareness of the festival.

As part of this approach we have commissioned two new exciting projects Trespass and Luminous Landscapes that will both feature at Brief Encounter.


Trespass is a new outdoor video mapping and sound piece made by Imitating the Dog, in collaboration with composer and musician James Hamilton.

There will be three main performances:

  • One night in Preston as part of Brief Encounter on 23 September
  • Two nights at Lancaster Castle as part of Light Up Lancaster on 3 and 4 November

The piece will be a 10-15 minute projection piece, using the architecture of buildings to tell a story of the reclaiming of the city by the natural elements. The video piece will be enhanced by a live soundtrack, written by James Hamilton and performed by four community groups as a live choir. The four groups will be from Preston, Lancaster, West Lancashire and Blackburn.

The artists

Imitating the Dog tell stories. Stories that are wrapped in beautiful design, high-end video projection and intricate sound design. They make work for theatres, outdoor spaces and large scale architectural projection. They also run education projects and publish texts.

James Hamilton is a composer, trumpet player and member of the band Hope & Social. He has a long history of working in participatory project, most recently working with Hope & Social on their Tour of Infinite Possibility as part of the Tour de France Grand Depart.

Luminous Landscapes

Luminous Landscapes is a mini procession through the streets of Preston, in a nod to Encounter’s Procession of Light held in 2016.

Luminous Landscapes is themed around Lancashire landscape and belonging and is a spectacular parade with the Landscape Giant accompanied by landscape related artwork, created by our artists and participants within the three chosen communities of Preston, Blackpool and Burnley, bringing everyone together in Preston for the final parade.

The artists

Handmade Parade brings artists into communities to create parades, festivals and stunning celebrations. They have a fantastic, talented and generous team of professional carnival artists, puppeteers, makers, musicians, stilt walkers and performers based around Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England.

Find out more...

Visit our Brief Encounter event listing to find out what's happening in Preston city centre on Saturday 23 September.