About the Expo

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the creative talent that has been developed at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and to also introduce to the world, the fantastic students and professionals that we have working at the University, whilst opening our doors to the city, to the North and the world beyond.

Once again, the expo will introduce a variety of talent which will include film, photography, media and journalism with performances, workshops, masterclasses, music, monologues, networking, animation and inspiration to one and all.

The expo has attracted some of the leading creative talent (nationally and internationally) and we are pleased to offer students, academics and the general public the opportunity to share a stimulating experience of creative talent which can be viewed, evaluated and enjoyed by everyone!

A Message from the Festival Director

Since it’s beginnings in April 2015, The Great Northern Creative Expo has taken a multitude of forms, almost as diverse as the line-up of events that grace the pages of our official brochure. We are once again proud to present a wide variety of talents from The University of Central Lancashire and beyond from every corner of the Creative Industries including Film, Photography, Performance, Music, Media and Journalism.

The Great Northern Creative Expo continues to attract some of the country’s leading creative talents and continues in it’s founding commitment to offer student, staff and guests this unique opportunity to share in their common passion to present their work to an audience and gain invaluable insight into their chosen careers from industry professionals at the pinnacle of their careers. 

This fifth edition of the Expo promises to be it’s most diverse in its breadth of programmed events and is again able to offer this fantastic opportunity through the generosity of The University of Central Lancashire and our other Expo Partners.

Alan Keegan
Festival Director
Director of Business Development (UK Partnerships)
Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries

The Media Factory


UCLan’s Media Factory is a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art building dedicated to providing realistic exposure to the media world.

The Media Factory boasts a series of inter-connectable theatre spaces which house dance, theatre and music shows; digital television studio with control galleries, a film and photographic studio, video editing rooms and industry standard Apple Mac suites.

Within the Media Factory’s state-of-the-art business incubation facility, UCLan graduates with creative business ideas can grow their enterprises alongside other university graduates and entrepreneurs from across the North West. Based on the top floor of the building, the facility helps turn creative ideas into commercial reality. Open 24/7, the incubation workspace is equipped with new PCs and high-speed internet access for over 25 new businesses and virtual incubation for many more.