‘Destination Stoke’ is the theme of our eight-week multi-arts festival which will take place in Spring 2020 celebrating Stoke as a creative and attractive place to visit and spend leisure time. The main festival programme will run from mid-March to mid-May 2020, with taster events and activities during February. The festival programme will celebrate all that is good and creative about Stoke, and the new life emerging. Artworks and performances in the town’s public spaces will interrupt, engage and provoke people to take a second look at the locality as artists cut through traditions of a place, jolting people to be surprised by what has been around for years, countering the pervading negative narrative about a place.
We welcome applications from artists for the Art Street element of the festival, please download the document below for full details.
Art Street: high quality unmissable outdoor art installations in the town centre and main streets of Stoke, for a period of eight weeks from mid-March to mid-May 2020. The artworks will be a series of ‘multiples’ resulting in a striking and dynamic transformation in the town centre.
What a fantastic time we had at the Festival Stoke Big Weekend this August with lots of music, creative activities and community fun. We'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen (see below), including the Summer Street Centre, who shared the costs of putting on the event and created the superb Acoustic Cafe for the Festival; and a super big thank yuo to the lovely children and adults of Stoke who came along, joined in the activities, danced, had fun and made it a special weekend!
Here's a list of all the people and organisations who helped to make the event happen, on stage and behind the scenes:
Sue Redshaw for organising the Festival Cafe supported by the volunteer team from Stoke Baptist Church. Anne Kinnaird and Rachel Ballard from Letting in the Light hosting 'Greening Stoke' workshops over the weekend. Ash Wall and the Pilgrim's Pit team for organising the MainStage, and performing with Captain Stingray's Groove Machine, supported by Dodgy Jammers and Adele and Andy. Adam Fenn and the Changes Band along with Emily Kate keeping folk entertained in Acoustic Cafe. Val Simpson for extensive social media coverage on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Alan Barrett for face-painting with laughter. Toby White as 'Neil the Snail' and Kate Marshall as 'Cakey Platey' in the Big Lunch tent. Cllr Andy Platt for sponsoring the Big Lunch Tent with his Ward Budget. The site-set-up team: Corin Hardcastle for organising supported over the weekend by Alan Barrett, Richard Redshaw, Mike Holdcroft, Richard Redwin, Martin Gooding, Adam Marshall, Derrick McIntosh. Richard Redshaw for photography. The Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society for bringing their vintage double-decker and their friends for the vintage cars. Etruria Artists for the Potters Wheel and the Table Tennis Club at the Boothen Centre for allowing us to use their building on the day. RMS for medical cover, Bread in Common for lunches, Dove Woodworking and Hippie at Heart for stalls. Mike Holdcroft for designing the publicity materials, and Sarah Bonam and Marg Hardcastle for behind-the-scenes organising.
Sunday 4th August 11am - 4pm
On Sunday come along and help Anne and Rachel from Greening Stoke create some more wonderful plant holders from upcycled objects. We can help make Stoke not only green, but full of colourful plants too!
Look out for them on the Festival site on Sunday.
We can’t wait for The Big Lunch on Sunday!
11am - 4pm Sunday 4th August
You can bring your own picnic 🧺
Or you can purchase food from Bread in Common Bakery, they’re bringing their Pizza oven too!🍕
There’s drinks and snacks available in the Summer Street Centre Cafe aswell. ☕️ 🍰
Bring your own reusable cup and get free water or squash!
Summer Street Centre, Saturday 3rd Aug 1100 - 1600
Come along to a fun drop in workshop with Anne and Rachel from Letting in the Light and help them upcycle and recycle quirky containers and plastic bottles into colourful and interesting planters, pallet gardens and vertical gardens as part of the National Lottery funded Greening Stoke project.
These will then be installed on Sunday August 4th at the Festival around the Big Lunch site at Boothen Gardens and will remain there for local people to enjoy.
You can also take a bean can planter home that you've made yourself!
There will be painting and planting involved so please wear some old clothes!
Refreshments will be available at the Summer Street Café.
Please note that children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.
We are super excited to announce that the fantastic Captain Stingray's Groove Machine will be headlining the Big Weekend once again!
Catch them from 2pm, through to Festival finale (with a short break)
Don’t forget your dancing shoes.
Workshops Day -Saturday 3rd
Festival Stoke is a collaborative of creative people working together to make good things happen.