Once again we’re inviting schools, youth and community groups of all ages to take part in this year’s SIRF Community Carnival.  The carnival is a highlight of SIRF and takes place on Saturday 6 August at 12pm.  It’s a fun and engaging way for groups to develop their creative potential and join in the Tees Valley’s largest community celebration.

There are lots of ways to take part – and we offer participating groups free workshops with an artist to create fantastic costumes or flags for the parade, as well as opportunities to work with local musicians and choreographers.  We also encourage local performance and sports groups to get involved in the event.

The theme of this year’s parade is Mythical Lands and Fantastical Creatures and is inspired by tales of weird and wonderful places that have enchanted people throughout history.  The theme will provide an opportunity to explore these fascinating myths and let your imagination run wild!

Free family workshops!

Families are invited to attend a free workshop to create amazing headdresses or costume accessories to wear in this year’s community carnival.

The workshop will take place on Saturday 23 July at either 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm at Spark, Bishopton Road West, Stockton, TS19 0QH (Spark is on the site of Our Lady & St Bede Catholic Academy, above Tees Valley Music Service).

The workshops are aimed at families (parents/guardians and their children) and are a wonderful opportunity to engage in creative activity together.   All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Places must be booked in advance.  To book a place, please contact Lyndsey Stephenson on 01642 527696 or lyndsey.stephenson@stockton.gov.uk

Themes and designs from our artists

This year’s theme is inspired by tales of weird and wonderful places that have fascinated people throughout history and the bizarre and fascinating creatures that you might expect to find there. Let your imaginations run wild and explore cities of gold, lands where people live in peace; cities sunken beneath the ocean and places where you can be idle and feast all day long!

The theme takes us on a whistle stop tour around some well-known mythical lands – each section is led by a different artist as below:

  1. Shangri-La by Morwenna Catt
  2. El Dorado by Creative Seed
  3. Camelot by Kim McDermottroe
  4. Atlantis by Shirley Wells
  5. Olympus by Sarah Riley
  6. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Jo Foley

If you would like find out more about taking part in the carnival, contact Lyndsey Stephenson, Arts Development –

Tel: 01642 527696

Email: carnival@stockton.gov.uk

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