Our must see SIRF Community Carnival returns this year, bigger and better than ever!

The Carnival atmosphere will be coming to Stockton early with our Great Place Tees Valley, SIRF Carnival Launch on Friday 3 August, between 4pm-8pm on Stockton Riverside.

The SIRF Carnival team have been spreading the joy of Carnival across the Tees Valley as part of an exciting two year Great Place programme. Supported by funding from the National Lottery, Great Place Tees Valley project will provide support for a number of arts and cultural organisations across Tees Valley to deliver existing events and new initiatives which will put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of the community.

This event is a great way to showcase all the great things that you can see at the actual Carnival on Saturday – join us on Friday evening for some fantastic performances and carnival celebrations!

The SIRF Community Carnival on Saturday 4 August will bring vibrant colour, amazing carnival rhythms and dance to the streets of Stockton. The carnival is the Tees Valley’s largest community celebration and it will bring together hundreds of people from local schools, youth and community groups.  Join us in Stockton Town Centre as the carnival procession passes through the High Street leading to to the Riverside where you can enjoy the carnival atmosphere, participate in free arts and circus workshops, enjoy a bite to eat with family or simply strut your stuff along to Club Groovy, Hyde Park Brass and Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra.

Our Reach for the Stars theme will celebrate memorable moments in history since women were first granted the right to vote 100 years ago, shining a light on some of the achievements in Art, Film, Technology, Science, Aviation and Sport which have inspired and shaped the world today as well as exploring what young people hope to achieve in the future.

Introducing our fantastic SIRF18 Carnival Artists’…


Aileen graduated in Theatre and Performance Design from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2017. Since graduating she has enjoyed working across theatre, film and community art work. Last year was Aileen’s first experience of SIRF Carnival, shadowing and assisting artist Sarah Riley.  She is delighted to be an artist herself at Carnival this year! She has recently worked on community participated workshops with The Handmade Parade, inspired by their marvellous handmade creations she is hoping to create some wacky and colourful costumes with her own groups at SIRF.


Morwenna is an artist and illustrator based in Yorkshire and Norway. She has a love of all things textile and especially enjoys creating magical bird and animal sculptures.  She has worked on many large-scale projects and events around the Country, as both a Creative Director and as a hands-on artist, designing and making extravagant costumes, props and scenic structures.


Jane is a painter and mixed media artist recently graduated from the Cleveland College of Art and Design. Her personal art practice is varied, including prints, painting, installations, and digital print, with an emphasis on colour and its relationship to sound. She hopes to represent her journey as an African artist, now living and working in Britain.


As a child Sarah was submerged in a Theatrical and creative world. Her father established Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company 35 years ago, and she has since been involved within the company for most of her life. Sarah’s training was at the London college of Fashion where she studied Fashion styling from 1996-1998. She now use the skills learnt there to develop characters, designing/creating the costumes and make-up for theatrical shows, events, parades, workshops and installations.


Shirley’s textile designs and art works, including bespoke jewellery, have sold internationally and nationally, with work exhibited in many galleries including the Saatchi Gallery, London. Community work throughout the North East engages people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, with this being the 13th year working on SIRF Carnival.


Kim is a freelance artist, costume designer and puppet-making entrepreneur with her business Greener Lavelle. From her studios she crafts innovative creations which often include an element of wonder and surprise, from the historical or the whimsical, to the contemporary and everything in-between.


Urban Kaos are a Stockton based creative production and dance company, specialising in performances, school workshops and events.

Formed in 2005, Amy Walton and Kelly Ensbury have developed a fantastic reputation across the North East due to their energy, enthusiasm and vibrancy. This year their team have delivered some fantastic movement and dance workshops with our costume groups and we invite you to come along to their stage show Club Groovy at the Carnival Aftershow on Riverside.


Apollo Arts work hard each year to develop the sounds of Carnival, delivering a variety of drumming, brass and vocal performances with community groups, schools and professional artists. The friendly team at Apollo Arts also run a wide range of high quality and interactive workshops and experiences across the year in Stockton.


Proud supporters of the Community Carnival 2018

If you would like find out more about taking part in the carnival, contact Juliet Hardy, Stockton Borough Council, on 01640 527696 or Juliet.Hardy@stockton.gov.uk 

One of the highlights of SIRF17, our fantastic Happy Birthday themed SIRF Community Carnival celebrated 30 years of SIRF in the way only Stockton knows how. You can check out our video highlights here:


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