Date: 2nd August - 4th August 2024

Location: High Street

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Stockton International Riverside Festival

Prepare to be entertained as the world-renowned Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) returns this summer, with plenty of fun and excitement for all the family.

The North East’s best FREE to enjoy outdoor arts and street theatre festival will once again be wowing crowds in Stockton town centre with a jam-packed programme from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 August.

SIRF 24 brings together some of the finest street theatre, dance, music and arts from across the globe, with more than 120 shows taking place over the weekend for all ages.

Don’t miss our dramatic launch show on Friday which sees Mécanique Vivante returning to the UK for the first time in 35 years to thrill audiences with their musical inventions and dream machines in The Sirens’ Song.

The world’s only Siren orchestra will rumble round Stockton High Street, drawing the audience like a modern-day Pied Piper, before being joined for the show’s crescendo  by virtuoso soloists and performers for an unforgettable show at 9.30pm. The Sirens are two phenomenal structures made from former air raid sirens by inventor Franz Clochard, repurposed to play rhythmic music.

But before that there’s plenty to enjoy on the High Street, Parish Gardens and Green Dragon Yard from 1pm, including Farm Yard Circus, Roar Race sound powered tricycle racing (where kids really do go faster the louder they scream), and River of Hope which features stunning environmental artwork from schools across the region.

OSADÍA returns this year for the 30th anniversary of their first ever SIRF performance of WHOSE HAIR DARES! Watch as OSADÍA create original exhibition worthy hair sculptures, with audience members being transformed into living, breathing works of art, on the High Street at 1.45pm and 5.45pm on the Friday and Saturday.

Our much-loved SIRF Green is once again the space to go for tasty eats and garden seats. Open daily during the festival from 12pm – 10.30pm in Bishop Street Car Park, SIRF Green is the perfect place to sit and chat with family and friends and grab some affordable food and drink from our street traders. Enjoy performances throughout the day of unmissable live entertainment, with Red Herring Productions Silent Disco, and Working Boys Club cabin serving Beats not Beer!

The SIRF Community Carnival remains a highlight on Sunday afternoon at 2pm, boasting a staggering 750 participants, artists and musicians. This year Urban Kaos will be on the Plinth Stage inviting you to join in our joy filled ‘Discoquarium’, a disco party of underwater creatures, glitter bugs and disco balls.

Come along to see the vibrant procession of participants in colourful costumes, performing music as the parade loops through the High Street, passing the Plinth stage twice for a double dose of dance. Stay on the High Street for street shows – kicked off in true SIRF style with an epic drumming performance by Drum Machine.

Then visitors and carnival-goers can stick around and party, enjoying more family fun, including workshops, live music, dance and live shows before the amazing SIRF finale at 9.30pm.

Times

Performances from 1pm

Prices

Free

Location

High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, UK

Area

Stockton-on-Tees

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