Calendar of Culture – Summer 2013

Summer 2013 will see a whole series of international and cultural events hit Preston and the surrounding area, with people coming together to celebrate traditions from all over the world, as well as those a little closer to home. This blog post is going to offer a short guide to just a small selection of the events taking place throughout the upcoming summer months.

Courtesy of cotaro70s - Flickr
Courtesy of cotaro70s – Flickr

Over the next few weeks, Preston will be alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia and the Caribbean, with this exciting display of world culture kicking off on the 11th May in Avenham Park, Preston, the location for this year’s Chinese Kite and Culture festival. The event will see the skies of Preston filled with a fantastic display of colourful and traditional Chinese kites, with an opportunity to make your own as well as try out Chinese calligraphy and sample a range of Chinese dishes. The following week will see Preston taken over by the carnival spirit, with the Caribbean costume contest taking place on the 18th May, where two lucky individuals will be crowned Carnival King and Queen. There will be no time for the festival feel to relent, with the Preston Caribbean Carnival taking place on the 26th of May which will feature a parade throughout the city centre, filling the streets with the carnival atmosphere. Fast-forward to the 30th June, and Avenham Park will again play host to another great event, with a celebration of South Asian culture at this year’s Preston Mela. The Park will be filled with the sounds of modern and traditional Bhangra music as well as dance and entertainment from around the world.

As I mentioned earlier, this summer will not only celebrate all things great from around the world, but will also focus on some of the rich cultural heritage in and around Preston. On the 4th May at the City’s Harris Museum, there will be an exhibition dedicated to ‘What makes Preston Special’, taking a look at what makes the city of Preston unique and innovative. On the 5th-6th May, the annual Lancaster food and drink festival will be taking place, celebrating the fabulous food and the delicious drink that Lancashire is famous for. A few weekends later will see the arrival of something of a Preston tradition. The Flag market will be taking place in Preston’s Market Square on the 25th May, and will feature a series of traditional fairground rides and entertainment that will run throughout the weekend.

Many more events will be taking place right throughout the summer, and this short guide has only been able to touch the surface. For further information on all the events taking place in the Lancashire area this summer, why not head over to to start planning your summer of culture.


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