Countdown starts to Burnley Canal Festival

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Burnley Canal Festival returns in August to mark the bicentenary of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, giving visitors the chance to rest, reflect and take to the water.

Artists will join dancers, bands, boaters and residents in staging a ‘creative revolution’ with new artworks and performances along the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Drawing on the heritage of Burnley as a vital cog in the wheel of industrialisation, Burnley Canal Festival takes place on Saturday, August 27th – Sunday, August 28th, making the scenic waterway a hub for communal expression and an escape from the hectic pace of modern life.

This year sees the festival, organised by Super Slow Way, expand from its original home at The Inn on the Wharf, to take in two new festival spaces, connected by activity along the towpath.

Starting at the newly regenerated and purpose-built Sandygate Square , families can discover slow culture across food, craft, making, art and performance visitors as a contemporary, experience-led expression of the Super Slow Way programme.

At the Inn of the Wharf, a flotilla of barges will set sail while on land there will be all the sights and sounds of the fairground.

At Finsley Gate Wharf, visitors will find a waterside nook, Burnley Wood Beauty, a special site of celebration of the beauty of the natural canal environment.

Having been moored on the canal in the first stop of a national tour, artist Stephen Turner will emerge from, and invite visitors into his studio, the Exbury Egg to discuss the creation of his wood-built capsule.

A series of art installations will create bold visual statements that dress the canal and all three festival spaces and there will also be a number of workshops held throughout the weekend.