Blaze began in 2009 as an ambitious cultural project that would later be part of WE PLAY, the North West cultural legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A huge part of the programme was for a group of 30 young festival producers to organize and programme Blaze Festival 2012.
When the Olympic Games came to an end a small team of Festival Producers had been given the skills, ambition and vision to carry it forward due to the commitment of staff members. They helped to establish the project and delegate responsilbities to the young people with support from Lancashire County Council and Curious Minds.
Today, Blaze is going from strength to strength and and works with young people from across Lancashire to engage creative communities in Libraries, Museums and Galleries. We work mostly with 14-21 year olds and the vision of Blaze remains the same; to develop the next generation of cultural producers by offering opportunities for young people to realise their creative visions with professional artists and leaders.