Stockton International Riverside Festival is back once again, poised and ready to take over the streets of Stockton Town Centre early this August, bringing the people of the North East together to be intrigued, entertained, puzzled, moved and made to laugh out loud.
SIRF18 is set to take place from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August and will welcome performers from all across the globe as they head to the riverside of Stockton-on-Tees.
Organised by Stockton Borough Council, festival organisers have worked tirelessly over the course of the past year in order to ensure that Stockton International Riverside Festival 2018 is back bigger and better than ever, noting: “Beneath the performances lies a hidden year-round programme of planning, technical expertise, professional collaboration and Council-wide support.”
SIRF has over the years established itself as one of the world’s greatest celebrations of outdoor arts. Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England spoke very highly of Stockton International Riverside Festival: “(SIRF is) The world’s best international festival of outdoor art.”
“The world’s best international festival of outdoor art”
In a quote from their website, organisers of the festival stated: “At the heart of SIRF are our dedicated audiences that have been coming to the festival for many years and the serious seekers of new trends in street theatre. Our hopes for the future of the festival are centred round championing and presenting the best international street performances, supporting artists and companies to make great shows and inviting audiences to enjoy and actively participate in events. And, of course, to remain the world’s best international festival of outdoor art.”
Stockton International Riverside Festival is now celebrating its 30th anniversary after debuting in August of 1988 and has continually taken inspiration from festivals all across Europe in such countries as Holland, France and Spain, to become an outdoor art spectacular with a focus on international performers and companies.
Launching this year’s festival into orbit is ‘This Is Not For You’ by Graeae, an epic outdoor performance paying a moving tribute to Britain’s wounded war veterans – men and women whose contributions to history often go unnoticed. ‘This Is Not For You’ is a story of veterans’ fight for respect and remembrance, told with heft, beauty and wry humour, both on the ground and off it, with audio description and signing (BSL) as integral parts of the production. Graeae, with the National Centre for Circus Arts, has trained 25 disabled veterans in performance especially for the piece.
There’s something for everyone at SIRF18 and with a packed programme spread across four fantastic days, there’s guaranteed to be an event just for you. From large-scale performances to intimate shows, fun and quirky family shows to surprising and immersive evening shows – be sure to head down to Stockton’s Town Centre later this summer for incredible performances and magical moments for all of the family.
“There’s something for everyone at SIRF18”
With an abundance of exciting activities for all of that family to get involved with, SIRF 2018 is the perfect family day-out. Look of for their ‘Family Friendly’ symbol around the festival, highlighting the performances suitable for a family audience, ensuring you didn’t miss any of the fun!.
Stockton International Riverside Festival takes place across Stockton Town Centre between Thursday 2nd and Sunday 5th August and is one of the finest cultural events on the North East’s arts calendar.
For more information on SIRF and the festival’s proceedings, please head online to their official website at sirf.co.uk where you can find all of the timings, the list of shows taking place, and more.