23 September 2015
People’s Canopy launches inaugural Lancashire Encounter festival
Crowds of people have lined the streets of Preston to watch a giant canopy cycle procession pedal through the city to launch the inaugural Lancashire Encounter festival.
More than fifty volunteer cyclists from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) brought the People’s Canopy, a series of mobile structures on bicycle wheels, from St Peter’s Square to the Flag Market accompanied by a procession of cyclists and cycle groups. The Canopy was greeted by a pop-up cycle hub on the Flag Market with refreshments, bicycle powered smoothies and information stalls.
The spectacle is the brain child of In Certain Places (ICP), a programme of artistic interventions and events led by UCLan, and will now sit in the Flag Market for the duration of the Lancashire Encounter Festival from the 25 – 27 September. The Canopy will host and be home to commissioned artworks, community gatherings, performances, workshops, meetings, interventions, an arts market, a day of activity presented by UCLan and a whole spectrum of creative activity across the festival weekend.
“The People’s Canopy project has been developed with the aim of creating new, visible connections between UCLan and the city centre, and celebrating UCLan’s international links.”
IPC Curator Elaine Speight said: “The People’s Canopy project has been developed with the aim of creating new, visible connections between UCLan and the city centre, and celebrating UCLan’s international links.
“As well as encouraging greater movement and exchange between the University and city, the Canopies have also been designed to provide the temporary market place for local, independent businesses and a social space in which communities from within the university and wider city can share ideas, culture and traditions, and disseminate research through performances and events.”
Specially designed for Preston on the theme of the city as a meeting place, The People’s Canopy is commissioned by In Certain Places at UCLan and is an international collaboration with the award-winning People’s Architecture Office in Beijing.