north west for 2012


Part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Blaze develops the skills and talents of young producers, giving young people from across Lancashire and the North West the chance to get involved in London 2012.

This ambitious, youth led cultural programme, making connections between sport and arts, the physical and virtual worlds. In the lead up to 2012, young people have been realising their creative aspirations, producing a dynamic programme of new work each summer to excite, surprise and engage residents and visitors to Lancashire and Blackpool, leading towards and culminating in 2012 with the Blaze Festival.

Blaze Festival fuses art, dance, music, technology, fashion, urban sport, spoken word and more. Produced and programmed by young people, it is part of the WE PLAY Expo, 7 – 9 September 2012.

Leading up to the Festival is the Trailblazer Programme – a range of exciting events and new opportunities for young people across the region.

Blaze is on the hunt for talented young musicians aged between 13-19 in Lancashire and Blackpool to take part in Blaze Boom Bike Orchestra, a 30-strong ensemble of mobile musicians on bikes. Or Urban Art, an ambitious performance project involving BMXs, skaters, free runners, graffiti artists, DJs and VJs.

If you’re from Blackpool or the Fylde Coast and interested in movement or sport, then join Blaze for In the Spotlight, a dance performance as part of Under the Town Festival at Grundy Art Gallery.

If digital technology is your thing, then why not become a Blaze Blogger and get involved in recording, documenting and reviewing Blaze?


Upcoming events

The Chase 3 2

Mon 27 Aug 2012 at Accrington Town Centre

Street Quest 2 1

Sat 8 Sep 2012 12.30pm - 3.15pm and 3 more at Preston

Blaze Boom Bike Big Band 4 2

Sat 19 May 2012 to Sun 2 Sep 2012 at Various locations across the North West

Blaze Festival 15 3

Sat 8 Sep 2012 to Sun 9 Sep 2012 12noon to 11pm at Avenham & Miller Parks

Under The Town 1 1

Sat 4 Aug 2012 at Grundy Art Gallery

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Blaze is a partnership project led by Lancashire County Council with Blackpool Council and Creative Lancashire. It is funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England and Youth Music.

Blaze is part of WE PLAY, the North West cultural legacy programme for the Cultural Olympiad, funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from London 2012 by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

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