Now approaching its sixth year, Festival of Thrift (FOT) has firmly cemented itself into the North East’s cultural scene and has won a multitude of national awards for its work on sustainability, recycling and all things thrifty as the UK’s national celebration of sustainable living.
After welcoming 45,000 visitors in 2017, FOT is going from strength to strength as it once again takes over the grounds surrounding Kirkleatham in Redcar and launches an extended programme of activity from Fri 20th – Sun 22nd Sept.
Some of the themes covered in the 2018 programme include sustainable transport and cycling which sees Bicycle Ballet present their new show, ‘Blazing Saddles’, which charts the work of the women’s suffrage movement alongside the increased use of the bicycle in the late 1900s when it was at the forefront of the movement for women’s equality.
One of the highlights, on a newly programmed Friday evening, promises to be the ‘Atonement Redux’, an on-location production of the original ‘Atonement’ – currently being created with artist Richard Dedomenici alongside members of the local Redcar community – which will hold its premiere as part of the opening event from Friday 21st September from 18:30 in Redcar Town Centre.
New for 2018 is also a newly-established Picnic Cinema – a ticketed event on Saturday evening that promises to bring feather boas, fishnets and romance as they screen Moulin Rouge (12A).
Alongside over 150 thrifty stalls selling all manner of upcycled and recycled goods and delicious food and drink, visitors can look forward to the ever popular Oxglam Fashion Show as well as Manchester’s finest brass band, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, whose unique brassy glow-ups of 90s club classics will have you dancing for weeks – and there’s also the opportunity to build your own go-kart.
Festival of Thrift director, Stella Hall, is excited about building on the ongoing success of the event which is now in its sixth year: “Announcing the expansion of this unique and amazing event is fantastic news and our visitors will be as thrilled about it as we all are in the Festival team. The Festival is now well-established as a cultural must and is a staple of the North East calendar, attracting visitors and investment from across the UK and shining a positive spotlight on Redcar and the Tees Valley. These new additions to our programme will certainly add to that.”
Admission is free, parking is £5.00 per vehicle (but we’ll probably cycle), and there are a number of bookable activities available from the FOT website at festivalofthrift.co.uk.