Lottery backs creative festival for Lancaster's youth

By Tim Aldred

04 Sep 2023

Escape2Make Heritage Market Festival Preview

Escape2Make (E2M) has secured a £75,600 National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to run a festival in Lancaster showcasing the creativity of the city's 11-to-18-year olds.

The Heritage Market Festival will take place in Market Square on Sunday 17th December in collaboration with Lancaster City Museums to coincide with its 100th anniversary celebrations.

The event will showcase the talents of young people through 10 five-week creative programs and 5 one-off workshops, including pottery, jewellery making, coffee making, theatrical storytelling and so much more, each led by a local creative professional or organisation

Jenny Natusch, founder of E2M, said: “By collaborating with The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Lancaster City Museums, we hope this unique endeavour will create a lasting positive change in our community. This grant will enable us to further our mission and ensure that our heritage remains vibrant and accessible for all.”

Coun Catherine Potter from Lancaster City Council, cabinet member with  responsibility for visitor economy, community wealth building and culture, said: “Lancaster City Museums are delighted to be working with Escape2Make on this innovative project. In this centenary year it is fitting that the final event will focus on the future, engaging young people with their heritage at the same time as improving skills and wellbeing.”

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