THE Stockton International Riverside Festival ended in spectacular fashion despite high winds causing a brief halt to the firework display.
Crowds flocked to Stockton’s riverside to watch French masters of pyrotechnics and percussion, Commandos Percu, put on their stunning show Le Concert de Feu.
Organisers debated whether to cancel the much-anticipated finale due to strong winds throughout the evening but the weather relented, allowing the show to go ahead.
But a little bit of wind and rain didn’t deter the crowds, who turned out in their thousands.
The performance ended the four day festival of theatre, circus, dance and music to a fitting end.
On Saturday audiences and shoppers at the community carnival were treated to an explosion of vibrant colour, amazing carnival rhythm, dance and a massive sea serpent.
Audiences and shoppers were treated to an explosion of vibrant colour, amazing carnival rhythm, dance and a massive sea serpent as the annual Community Carnival set off along Stockton High Street. The parade – inspired by the theme of Mythical Lands and Fantastical Creatures – only marked the beginning of a kaleidoscopic array of dance, comedy, circus and music taking place all day at various locations across the town
On the High Street’s plinth, Encontros, performed by Lusco E Fusco, explored the relationship between two characters by combining physical theatre, dance and contemporary circus.
Meanwhile, SIE7E, a quirky theatre on wheels, treated audiences on Stockton High Street to ten minutes of surprising comedy sketches based on everyday ob- jects. Also on the High Street, a caravan became the stage for a murder mystery that invited audience members of all ages to reconstruct a crime scene in Who Killed My Rabbit?
Over at the Parish Gardens, extraordinary stories were brought to life thanks to Dr Latitude and her team of misfits in The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory.
Audiences were enthralled by tales of wit, honour and courage in a show that featured original music, songs, unusual puppets, impressive aerial skills and plenty of comedy.
Scenes from the dramatic final ceremony of the Stockton International Riverside Festival
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