Join us for SIRF Community Carnival 2016!

The countdown to this year’s SIRF Community Carnival has begun and Stockton Borough Council is inviting school, youth and community groups of all ages to take part in the event.  The carnival is a highlight of Stockton International Riverside Festival and will be held on Saturday 6 August at 12pm.  The carnival is 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 – Stockton Borough Council offers 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!

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

Tel: 01642 527696


We are also holding a Carnival Welcome Evening on Tuesday 26 April, 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Billingham Community Centre (The Causeway, Billingham, TS23 2DA) for groups to meet the artists and other community group leaders and see some of the fantastic costume designs for the parade – please email if you would like to attend.

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