Blackburn Canal Festival

Blackburn Canal Festival is being done the Super Slow Way this year in celebration of 200 years of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

The banks of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal will be brimming with activity on 23rd – 24th July, when music, art, workshops and food will take to the tow path in celebration of 200 years of our wonderful waterway, with the addition of some extraordinary origami swans!

Among the attractions is the Look Back Historical Walk, a Proper Job promenade performance in collaboration with DAPA dance and performing arts students which will bring the history of the canal to life. Gypsy Carrot will be creating an installation that celebrates the interaction of man and nature on the canal and offering a workshop using recycled materials.

The Blackburn Canal Crochet Canal Wheels will be a series of 200 new, site-specific crocheted circles along the canal and artists Rachael Elwell and Nic Chapman will be helping people create their own crochet circles throughout the weekend. Visitors will also be treated to the physical vignettes of the Bo Sisters by the Axial Dance Company, who will weave, totter, knit and yarn bomb in their quest to find their flock.

All this in addition to stalls from local traders, food, games and activities to look back at the rich history of the canal and forward to the future of Eanam Wharf with the launch of a new Canal Activity Hub and canoe centre.

Six groups in Blackburn, including artist Cath Ford and her group Creative Support, are working on some six-foot, floating origami swans that will be floated in a procession down the canal. People are invited to create their own paper swans that can accompany the bevy by using the festival leaflet.

Visit the Blackburn Canal Festival website and make your own origami swan!