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Lancashire Encounter

Close up of performers on a wheel near the Flag Market, Preston

The full scale Lancashire Encounter returns 21 - 23 September 2018

The #LancsEncounter festival, presented Brief Encounter on the evening of 23 September 2017 in the heart of Preston.

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

Highlights included:

  • A mini illuminated parade
  • Giant projection and performance
  • A packed programme of workshops and shows in the Harris

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Lancashire Encounter 2016: 23 - 25 September

The inaugural Lancashire Encounter festival 2016, in conjunction with Preston Guild Hall, attracted 28,000 visitors throughout the three days and 15,000 visitors to the procession of Light.

The weekend was packed with quality performances, workshops, quirky installations and even a Procession of Light. Audiences saw some amazing performances; experienced the streets of Preston illuminated and discovered new things.

With over 28 individual artists and organisations and 1000 participants involved in the procession of light the weekend was a true Lancastrian celebration.


To help us grow and develop the festival we asked visitors, artists, contractors and partners for their views and compiled all the feedback in an evaluation report. You can find the full report in the documents section at the bottom of the page.

Experience it again

Re-live the festival and even look out for a glimpse of yourself in the crowds by watching our video or browsing the gallery below. More images are available to view on the Preston Guild City Facebook Page.