Octagon Theatre project to be screened as part of Bolton Film Festival

Octagon Theatre project to be screened as part of Bolton Film Festival

The Fabric of Bolton short film celebrates Bolton’s industrial heritage

We are delighted to announce that we will present a short documentary film at this year’s Bolton Film Festival.

The Fabric of Bolton celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the town and documents Bolton’s industrial heritage through the lens of the Black, Asian and other ethnic minority members of the community.

Over the past 12 months our Creative Engagement department, in partnership with Bolton Solidarity Community Association (BSCA), have been speaking to members of the community who contributed to this legacy through their work in textiles and other industries of Bolton in the 1960s-1980s.

These first hand testimonies have been collated to create the short film that explores the working and social lives of Bolton’s millworkers – the camaraderie, class and racial tensions, mill fires, multi-racial funk bands and even an MBE – weaving together the diverse threads that make up the fabric of the town of Bolton.

Bolton Film Festival takes place from Wed 29 September – Sun 17 October.

The Fabric of Bolton will be screened at The Light Cinema on Wed 29 September for an invited audience and will then be available for all to watch online on Sat 9 October (available for 48 hours).

As well as the short film, there will also be a digital exhibition of all the collated oral history interviews as well as a collection of archive photography available to view on our website from Thu 30 September.

Participation Practitioner at the Octagon, Amy Hailwood who has led the project commented: “At the Octagon we are committed to representing and engaging with Bolton’s ethnically diverse communities and passionate about finding new ways to do this. This project has allowed us to use our resources as a cultural organisation to bring greater visibility to the story of their contribution to Bolton’s shared heritage.

“We are extremely excited to have partnered with Bolton Film Festival to share this untold story of Bolton’s culture from the fresh and less commonly heard perspective of the town’s Black and South Asian textile workers. It is a captivating, educational and inspirational look at their journey, as they tell their stories in their own words.”

Ibrahim Ismail from Bolton Solidarity Community Association added: "The Fabric of Bolton is really important as it is a part of Bolton history which makes us what we are today as a town. The contribution of Black and Asian Boltonians to our industries was and is vital and we hope that the stories you hear from The Fabric of Bolton can help us retain and celebrate our history and our home."


Tickets to watch The Fabric of Bolton online are priced at £12 for an online pass. (Online passes provide access to all the festival online films.)

To book tickets visit boltonfilmfestival.com