The People’s Canopy
- 2015 – 2016
- Artists: James Shen (People’s Architecture Office)
- Location: Preston, Hong Kong, Leuven, Shenzhen
- Produced by: In Certain Places and People’s Architecture Office
- External links: The Peoples Canopy
The People’s Canopy took centre stage and provided the infrastructure for the inaugural Lancashire Encounter festival, which has since become a biennial event. First appearing at the university, they were cycled into the city centre by over 50 volunteers and accompanied by a procession of cyclists from all over Preston. The canopies were host and home to commissioned artworks, community gatherings, performances, workshops, meetings, interventions and a wide spectrum of creative activity. For three days it provided a social space in which communities from both the university and the wider city could share ideas, culture and traditions.
This success provided the impetus for a biennial festival board. The first large-scale festival in 2016 more than doubled visitor figures, with 43,000 attendees. At the same time, the Canopy has also been adopted by local governments overseas, in cities such as Leuven, Belgium and Yantai China, to facilitate increased cultural and social engagement within their public spaces.
Partners: Preston City Council Events Team, UCLan Sport, Preston City Council Cycling Development team, Cycling Preston.
Supported by: Preston City Council, Arts Council England, UClan.