Festival Sponsors & Partners




In 1828, the University of Central Lancashire was founded in Preston as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.

Today Central Lancashire is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally the University has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a Central Lancashire environment and culture.

For more information: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/



Northern plays a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education and more every day.

Arriva Rail North Limited, became the new rail operator for Northern on 1 April 2016, marking the start of a nine-year franchise that will transform travel through a £1 billion investment in the largest rail network outside London. Achieving the biggest transformation in rail travel in the north for a generation inspires us and we are determined to work very hard to meet our promises.

For more information: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/



That’s TV is bringing local TV to the UK. The That’s TV Group is the  UK’s largest operator of local TV licences on Freeview channel 7.

It champions the interests and concerns of its viewers, providing a voice to local people to tell their stories and have their say on issues which matter to them. Since its inception in 2015 the That’s Lancashire news team has been nominated for 6 media awards, including an RTS, across the North West.

For more information: http://www.thatslancashire.com/