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WE PLAY Expo - today's the big day!

  • Date: 7 September 2012
  • Area: North
Handprint bridge projection in Miller Park

Rehearsal for Handprint in Miller Park.

The big day has finally arrived and Preston is set to host the North West's closing celebrations for the 2012 Games. Starting today and finishing on Sunday evening, there is a whole weekend of unmissable free events lined up for local residents and for visitors from across the region to enjoy.

You can visit the WE PLAY Expo event page to find out what's happening over the weekend, download our handy at a glance schedule or browse through the online brochure.

You can follow all the latest news on Twitter using the #WEPLAYExpo event hashtag over the weekend and it's not too late to sign up for the WE PLAY Challenge and to be part of the digital artwork Handprint.

To mention just a few of the events over the weekend, the Blaze Festival is an explosive new festival of music, performance and urban art, featuring work from local and global artists across three stages from today until Sunday.

On Sunday you can catch Sacrilege, a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on, by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. A playful interpretation of this historic monument, Sacrilege will appeal to the inner-child in us all.

Don't miss On the Night Shift, a dazzling large scale show from French Pyrotechnic wizards, Les Commandos Percu and Lakes Alive. Featuring specially recruited UK dancers and drummers, live music, dance and furious elemental rhythmic percussion, this event will mark the end of Preston Guild and the Cultural Olympiad programme in the North West.

Visit to find out more and to join the WE PLAY Challenge.