The stories of local people will unfold along the streets of Nelson as audiences are invited to take an immersive walk through the town next month.

Running on February 28, February 29, March 1 and March 2, 'Stories We Tell: Nelson', will bring the town to life with sound, film and projection, with real stories from the people who live there.

This is an opportunity provided by This is Nelson; the arts and culture strand of the Nelson Town Deal, for local people to get involved with arts and culture.

Stories We Tell: Nelson, is a chance for audiences to listen through headphones to the memories, life events and experiences of local people.

All completely free to attend, people will be guided through the streets, listening to the personal reflections of real people, and enjoying visual imagery, animation and soundscapes.

The work, created with creative company Breaking Barriers, is designed to encourage people to look more closely at their everyday surroundings.

Parvez Qadir, Artistic Director of Breaking Barriers, said: “This piece invites people to witness ambitious work on their local doorstep.

"It’s a magnificent love letter to the places and spaces they call home."

This work is the culmination of a series of conversations and dialogue between the creators, Breaking Barriers, Lancashire County Council's Cultural Services and local communities of Nelson which have uncovered insights into real experiences and feelings about Nelson over recent decades. 

Stephen Barnes, Chair of Nelson Town Deal Board, said: “Stories We Tell: Nelson will bring the town to life with sound, film and projection with real stories from residents. 

"I’m very excited to come along and hear the memories, life events and experiences of local people, past and present."

Stories We Tell: Nelson, is Part of This is Nelson, which is the arts and culture strand of the Nelson Town Deal.

This partnership programme between In-Situ, Building Bridges and Super Slow Way is taking place over the next three years, bringing artists together to help re-imagine Nelson; open up underused spaces; think sustainably and support ground-up community activism in the town.

Shabaz Ahmed, Community Development Officer for Building Bridges, one of the This is Nelson partners said: “We are excited to be working with Breaking Barriers and In-Situ on Stories We Tell, a project that brings the stories of local people to life.

"Every Street in Nelson has long been an area of Nelson with its own story of home, family and community and centring the project around this street really captures those feelings and sentiments.

"We feel we have been taken on a journey through generations of people connected to the area and are delighted to be able to take a wider audience along with us.”

Performances start at 7pm and 8pm each evening. Tickets are free, but must be booked online.