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!


Families are invited to join SIRF Community Carnival!

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

The workshops 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


SIRF Community Carnival 2016 – Theme and Parade Section Information

Mythical Lands and Fantastical Creatures

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. The designs for each section can be found below:

  • Shangri-La by Morwenna Catt
  • El Dorado by Creative Seed
  • Camelot by Kim McDermottroe
  • Atlantis by Shirley Wells
  • Olympus by Sarah Riley
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Jo Foley

http://SIRF 16 Carnival Designs


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

Tel: 01642 527696


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