Streets of Stock­ton will be full of mu­sic, dance and colour as its an­nual fes­ti­val rolls into town

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DANC­ING skele­tons, sen­sory ad­ven­tures and fly­ing ac­ro­bats are all com­ing to Stock­ton for the 27th Stock­ton In­ter­na­tional River­side Fes­ti­val (SIRF).

From spec­tac­u­lar large scale shows to in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ences, the four-day fes­ti­val re­turns in July with more than 100 theatre, dance and mu­sic pro­duc­tions.

On July 31, SIRF 14 will launch on Thurs­day evening with Safe House, a large-scale per­for­mance by award-win­ning con­tem­po­rary arts or­gan­i­sa­tion, Metro-BoulotDodo, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Wired Aerial Theatre. See ac­ro­batic per­form­ers scale the walls of a mys­te­ri­ous house against a back­drop of beau­ti­ful vis­ual pro­jec­tions on Trin­ity Green.

On Fri­day Au­gust 1 hair­dresser and street theatre per­former duo, Osa­dia, set up their unique hair salon on Stock­ton High Street. The pair will cre­ate hair sculp­tures on au­di­ence mem­bers, turn­ing them into walk­ing works of art.

Fri­day will also see Cata­lan per­form­ing arts com­pany Pon­ten Pie launch its sen­sory ad­ven­ture, Ar­tica. Tem­per­a­tures in­side Trin­ity Church will be dropped while visi­tors are greeted by a host of cu­ri­ous char­ac­ters and of­fered a beau­ti­ful re­cy­cled coat to wear. In­doors, mov­ing vi­su­als and po­etry will trans­port you into a world of mem­o­ries and nos­tal­gia.

A high­light this year at SIRF will be The Roof, a thrilling sus­pended re­al­ity show pre­sented by Fuel. The au­di­ence will lis­ten in on the mind of a hero through head­phones as per­form­ers mix free run­ning and dance to tell this fast-paced tale of sur­vival.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Dixon, Stock­ton Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Arts, Leisure and Cul­ture, said SIRF is one of the high­lights in Stock­ton’s pro­gramme of events. He said: “We are thrilled to bring the unique, cre­ative fes­ti­val back to Stock­ton for its 27th year and will be pre­sent­ing more than 100 ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing shows.”

The fes­ti­val will close with an un­miss­able fi­nale of Les Tam­bours de la Muerte on the evening of Sun­day Au­gust 3. Stock­ton’s High Street and River­side will be brought to life with danc­ing skele­tons, gi­ant pup­pets, mu­sic and py­rotech­nics – in­spired by Mex­ico’s ‘Day of the Dead’ fes­tiv­i­ties. Tan­gos, taran­tel­las and rum­bas will be played by the band as the fig­ure of lead­ing lady Bel­ladonna dances through the streets.

SIRF 14 will have up to 30 in­di­vid­ual shows per day, from noon un­til 11pm at night. Trin­ity Gar­dens will have food stalls, small shows and in­stal­la­tions peo­ple can view, as well as the after-dark spec­tac­u­lars.

En­try is free. Tick­ets for ‘Ar­tica’ will be avail­able on the day of the per­for­mance from SIRF Trin­ity, the fes­ti­val in­for­ma­tion point on Trin­ity Green.

SIRF is sup­ported by Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

For the full fes­ti­val pro­gramme visit www.sirf.co.uk.

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