Colourful Origami Swan fleet to Headline Blackburn Canal Festival

Published Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 14:45

The subtle paper-folding art of origami will be supercharged by artists and residents in Blackburn on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July at the Blackburn Canal Festival.

Eight large, brightly-painted paper swans will lead the pack in the event, called #Swan200, celebrating the bicentenary of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal as part of Blackburn Canal Festival.

To keep them company and further the carnival atmosphere, the swan folding fun is extended to each and every visitor, with the festival leaflet designed to be turned into a floating bird. Launches take place at 2.45pm each day.

Blackburn Canal Festival not only features art and culture as well as food, drink and other local traders, but the fourth edition of also helps to mark the bicentenary of the canal itself, a vital chapter in the story of the town.

Exploring this heritage creatively, LOOK BACK is a historic, theatrical walk that takes place five times over the two days (Sat – 2pm, 3.40pm, 5pm, Sun – 2.05pm, 3.40pm) hosted by the Proper Job Theatre Company to make history come rushing back to life in the place that it happened.

Students from DAPA (dance and performing arts) will launch the festival each day at 11am with their own musical interpretation of 200 years in dance.

Live music, a fun fair and numerous other performances and activities are open to everyone, in the annual festival supported by arts commissioners Super Slow Way, established specifically to support the growth of arts and culture in Lancashire.

The groups involved in the #Swan200 giant swan folding and painting were Blackburn Youth Zone, Blackburn Creative Support Group, Witton Park High School and The Bureau Centre for the Arts.

For the full Blackburn Canal Festival line up, timings and further information visit:

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