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Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)

Boasting some of the best artists and performers from across the world, SIRF brings magical and exciting performances, stunning visual experiences, daring dance, live music, circus and more.


The official launch show for SIRF23 was the spectacular ‘Perceptions’ by Bivouac, which took place on Friday 4 August, with a repeat performance on Saturday night, giving audiences a chance to see it after dark.

Before that, the action kicked off at SIRF Green on Thursday evening with a special ‘Alive after Five’ welcome party on Stockton High Street.

Thankfully, the rainy weather didn't stop audiences enjoying all of the fantastic acts and performances that took place on Friday and Saturday.

Sunday saw the return of the ever-popular Community Carnival parade down the High Street to Trinity Green, and a truly spectacular high flying acrobatic show from CirkVOST, which brought SIRF23 to a sparkling close.

View the SIRF23 programme.

Take a look back at our SIRF 2023 photo gallery and watch our SIRF 2023 highlights video: