One of the highlights of SIRF17 was our fantastic SIRF Community Carnival on Saturday 5 August as we took to the streets of Stockton to celebrate 30 years of SIRF in style!

Our Fizz, Pop, Bang! Happy Birthday SIRF theme saw a record number of  schools, young people, community groups, musicians, dancers and circus enthusiasts donning their finest costumes and party spirit to celebrate in the way only Stockton knows how.

Residents and visitors lined the route to join in the celebration and soak up the carnival atmosphere and followed the party down to the Riverside with live music and activities at the after show birthday party.

Check out our video highlights – SIRF17 Community Carnival – Fizz, Bang Pop!

A special thanks goes to all our wonderful carnival participants and creative team-including Apollo Arts, Creative Seed, Morwenna Catt, Sarah Riley, Shirley Wells, and Urban Kaos – without whom, none of this would be possible!

If you would like find out more about taking part in the carnival, contact Juliet Hardy, Arts Coordinator (Programming) on 01640 527696

The carnival atmosphere came early to Stockton this year with our Carnival Jamboree bringing all of the fun of the Circus to Parish Gardens.  An exciting programme of free carnival and circus workshops saw members of the public try their hand at freewheeling, tight wire, acrobatics, music, dance and art.

There was a series of drop-in sessions for people to make headdresses and flags to line the route of the carnival, along with master-classes from former unicycling world champion, Daiki Izumida, and Stilt walking experts, Carpetbag Brigade.

A packed programme of sessions and workshops saw hundreds of people attend the Carnival Jamboree, some even unicycled and stilt walked in the SIRF Community Carnival having never previously tried until attending the Carnival Jamboree!

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