The Bureau Weekender will be a celebration of the building in which The Bureau as an Arts organisation currently occupies. The festival will be an interactive weekend celebrating the old St John's Church building through its past, present and future. The weekend will include a host of activities ranging from film screenings, talks, workshops and more. This event is open and suitable to all, from those with special memories of the building to those who have walked by and been intrigued about the building.
The festival weekend has been developed by Artist in residence Yinka Danmole who has been tasked with exploring the building's potential as a centre for the arts in Blackburn. "The festival and this residency for me is really quite special, as this is Blackburn's oldest church standing in the town centre and we have the amazing opportunity as the community of Blackburn to re-imagine it's purpose as a place for the arts and cultural happenings to serve the people of Blackburn. We would like to take this opportunity to bring people together in this beautiful building as a call to action to help develop this space a sustainable Arts and Cultural Centre for all to own" Yinka Danmole
OPEN NIGHT 6:30pm - 9pm
The first evening of the weekend will open the doors of the Bureau, as visitors will be welcomed to view an Exhibition by Artist in Residence Yinka Danmole as he displays development work of his time spent whilst at the Bureau. There will also be a curated showcase of response pieces by local artists. The evening will also host a talk and panel discussion around the future of the space which will include Kerris Casey-St. Pierre (Director of the Bureau), David Coggins (an advocate of the built environment of Blackburn) and Yinka Danmole.
Made by Blackburn - 11am - 4pm
Join Yinka Danmole for an interactive workshop at The Bureau where he will be asking each participant to make a personalised chair for the centre. As one of Blackburns only place or space for independent theatre, we want to make the experience for visitors even more delightful. So we are calling on you to help transform our seating through a fun upcycling process where you get to explore your creative side.
*Please do wear appropriate clothing for this activity
Byzantine Beam - 6 - 8:30pm
On Saturday evening will beaming a collection of clips from films shot in Blackburn as well as in the Church itself. This will include films from local talent like blackburn born film makers, film titles to be announced soon.
Open Studio - 12 - 4pm
Ever wanted to take a sneak peak around the whole of the Bureau? Learn about some of the features of the building? Meet some of the amazing artists and makers who work from the Bureau? Then do come along, drop in and take part.
THE FEAST 6:30 - 8pm
A Bureau-inspired Dinner
We are setting you a challenge and will like to encourage you to think, bake and cook creatively, creating edible foodie creations inspired by the building. This could include anything from cookie shape arches, jelly moulds in the shape of The Bureau or even a dish you think summarises what The Bureau as a place/space means to you. Overall, the main purpose of the evening itself will be about coming together from all the different parts of Blackburn and sharing food together.
* Please bring all food pre-prepared and ready to share.