Continuing the tradition of its predecessors Arts in the Park and Blackburn Mela, Blackburn Festival brings together the best performers and artists from Blackburn, Lancashire, the North West and beyond, local charities and traders, and arts organisations looking to engage and involve young and old artists alike.

The festival is arranged and operated by the Blackburn Festival Committee, a non-profit organisation formed by volunteers from Blackburn who are otherwise involved in the Arts.