This summer’s Olympics weren’t just about sport, or London for that matter – and a three-day spectacular in Preston this weekend (Fri 7-Sat 9 Sep) will celebrate the North West region’s contribution to London 2012. Coinciding with the end of the city’s historic Preston Guild festival, which only takes place every twenty years, WE PLAY focuses on the concept of how, and why, we play. Events in the city’s beautiful, vast Avenham & Miller parks include urban music performances, street theatre, immersive art, film premieres and even a chance to have a go at citizen journalism. Interactive art exhibitions and installations include Mobile Republic (part of the boundary-pushing, North West-wide Abandon Normal Devices Festival), which will redefine your conceptions of the humble caravan, and don’t miss the fun and thought-provoking art experience The Humble Market. French pyrotechnicians Les Commandos Percu will make sure the Olympics go out with a bang, but pick of the lot could be Jeremy Deller’s irreverent touring artwork Sacrilege (pictured), which reinvents Stonehenge as a bouncy castle. Make sure you don’t go home without having a bounce!

Fri 7-Sat 9 Sep, WE PLAY Expo, Avenham & Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JT. Tel: 0845 300 6200/0845 300 610, various times, FREE,

Fri 7 Sep - Sun 9 Sep
Natalie Bradbury
Published on:
Fri 7 Sep 2012