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Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017 finalist logo SMALL TOURISM EVENT AWARD copyDelighted to announce that we’re Lancashire Tourism Awards finalists for the second year running!  We’re up against some great competition in the Small Tourism Event category, but you never know…

UPDATE:   We’re glad to say that we have a few places to check out, but are still interested to hear from anyone else with a space to offer. Ideally, we’d like a space as close as possible to Burnley, that’s indoors and easily accessible


(these birds are a little tricky to manoeuvre!), and will keep the birds safe and dry until next August.

Our Giant Festival Birds need a new home – can you help?

We have issued a call for help in finding a winter roost for three large and exotic birds.  Can you help give the Festival birds a home for the winter (and spring and summer)!  The enormously popular artworks, commissioned for the 2016 Festival, are without a home, as their previous storage is no longer available.  Thousands of people have posed next to the Festival birds for photographs and they are a great favourite with Festival visitors.  The Festival organisers are very fond of them too, but we have nowhere to store them until next year.  Unless a free of charge option can be found the two metre high birds will need to be decommissioned.

At the moment they have a temporary home thanks to Gaz’s Marquee Hire in Burnley, but they need to move on.  We are looking for a business or individual with dry, indoor storage to spare who can offer the birds sanctuary until the next Festival.  In return the Festival will shout the benefactors name(s) from the roof-tops, metaphorically speaking!

Nick Hunt, Creative Director of co-organisers Mid Pennine Arts, said: “As they are essentially papier maché, we weren’t sure that the birds would last beyond 2017, and in fact they are a little worse for wear in places.  But that didn’t seem to bother any of the people queueing up to take their photographs with them, or one little lad I saw having an earnest conversation with the heron.  We’d love to be able to keep them and bring them out again next time, but that means we need to find storage as the previous place was only available up to the 2017 Festival.  We don’t have funds available to rent so we are hopeful that a local business, organisation or individual might be able to help out.  We would hate to have to destroy them.  The host could even have them on display, we’re open to discussing all options.”

Anyone who is interested should get in touch with Nick Hunt at Mid Pennine Arts or on 01282 421986.

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