Make Lewes Festival hailed a success

Make Lewes Festival

Hundreds of people interested in design, craft making and sustainable architecture gathered in Lewes in the past two weeks to attend the Make Lewes Festival, which returned to Lewes Town for a third year.

Residents from Lewes and many visitors attended the event and local craft makers including calligraphers, book binders, ceramicists, carpenters and basket makers led the workshops and delivered talks on their area of expertise.

Practitioners, academics and students from across the UK participated in a wide range of workshops and seminars, with speakers flying in from Denmark and Switzerland for the festival.

People were particularly intrigued to see the Lewes Turkish Baths being used as a festival venue, having been transformed during a workshop attended amongst others by architecture students from the University of the West of England. The students said that they were extremely impressed by the active participation and interest shown by the local community in the project and hoped that they could return next year.

The festival organisers Making Lewes are grateful to Lewes District Council for giving them permission to use the Turkish Baths for the duration of the festival. Councillor Bill Giles, Lead Member for Finance at Lewes District Council said:  “It was a pleasure to be able to support the Make Lewes Festival. The Turkish Baths, owned by Lewes District Council, is an historic building that was transformed into a festival venue that enabled people interested in design, craft making and sustainable architecture to participate in workshops and enjoy all the vent had to offer.”

Organiser, Oliver Lowenstein said: “We are delighted that so many people who visited the festival came away visibly enthused by the Turkish Baths transformation - the exhibitions, various talks and symposia. Lewes is increasingly recognised as a hub of creative practice, with many craftspeople and innovators in making culture.  Roll on 2017.”

Making Lewes is a community organisation that promotes the exchange of knowledge in the fields of Making, Architecture, Design & Sustainability. See for more information.


Story published on 12 October 2016