Our SIRF Community Carnival takes place on Saturday 5 August at 12pm and is sure to be a highlight of SIRF17.  It’s a fun and engaging way for groups, their families and visitors to join in the celebration, soak up the carnival atmosphere and join the after show party down on the Riverside.

Once again we’re inviting schools and youth & community groups of all ages to get involved in helping to create this year’s carnival. Together with a creative team of professional artists and musicians, communities will unite to create the Tees Valley’s largest community celebration.

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 Fizz Bang Pop! A huge celebration of SIRF’s 30th Birthday!

We have Apollo Arts, Creative Seed, Morwenna Catt, Shirley Wells and Urban Kaos as part of this year’s creative team who will work with thousands of people of all ages to make the carnival fizz, bang and pop!   Our artists are working on ideas with schools and community groups including Party Games, Party Dances, Circus and Clowns, Party Food and of course Birthday cake!

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

We also have two new ways for people to get involved and take part including a Carnival T Shirt Design competition and a Carnival School.

Carnival T Shirt Design Competition
You can help us create a 30th birthday edition of the Community Carnival t-shirt.  Simply download a doodle template and get creative with your 30th birthday themed ideas!

30 designs will be shortlisted and incorporated into the imagery on the t-shirt which will be worn by musicians and community groups participating in the “Fizz, Band, Pop – Happy birthday!” carnival, on Saturday 5 August.

The deadline for you to submit ideas is Wednesday 7 June.  The 30 short-listed drawings will then be worked into a final t-shirt design by North East Illustrator, Daniel Weatheritt.

SIRF Carnival School
The Carnival School, with all of the fun of the Circus, will run during the week leading up to the carnival on 5 August in Parish Gardens.  It will host a range of workshops that are open to the public. The Carnival School will have performances and workshops including Freewheeling, Tight wire, Acrobatics, Music, Dance and art. So if you would like to try your hand at Unicycling with Former world champion Daiki Izumida or Stilt walking with Carpetbag Brigade then now is your chance!

All workshops will be free of charge with a full workshop timetable and booking information to be confirmed in the coming weeks.



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