Park-goers, shoppers and families attending a community centre will get a taste of North Staffordshire’s biggest arts event as the Big Feast goes on tour.
The Big Feast will bring a diverse and exciting menu of art and entertainment to Stoke-on-Trent City Centre over the August Bank Holiday weekend (28-30 August).
Organisers, Appetite, are taking several acts on the Big Feast Taster Tour in the build up to the festival weekend.
The Taster Tour will give families an opportunity to see entertainment in their communities from arts organisations including Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, a colourfully dressed New Orleans style band playing a joyous take on Madchester scene music, and The Lift, a Victorian style elevator on wheels accompanied by bell boys. Each lift button delivers a different mini-performance from hilarious capers to the surreal.
Meanwhile, Poetry Takeaway, involves a familiar looking burger van where the staff ‘cook and serve’ poetry to order.
Dates and venues for The Big Feast Taster Tour are:
Monday, 24 August, 11am to 4pm Bath Street Park, Weston Heights,
Tuesday, 25 August, 11am to 4pm, The Whitfield Valley Centre, Fegg Hayes.
Wednesday, 26 August, 11am to 4pm, Times Square/Longton Market
Thursday, 27 August, 11am to 4pm, Freeport, Talke
Friday, 28 August, 10am to 12 noon, Tunstall Market Square (does not include The Poetry Takeaway)
In addition, the Whitfield Valley Centre event will feature a singalong session around the “Play Me, I’m Yours” piano. There will also be a barbecue, café and crèche.
Shoppers at Freeport will be able to enjoy traditional Indian-style dance workshops.
“It is fantastic to be able to take the Big Feast on a taster tour,” said Gary Cicinskas of Appetite. “We’ve chosen a varied programme for the tour, the fantastic Mr Wilson’s Second Liners playing songs from the likes of New Order and Happy Mondays are guaranteed to get the party started, while The Lift offers people the chance to take time out and immerse themselves in a bite-sized piece of theatre performed just for their enjoyment.”
Most of the shows and activity at The Big Feast will be free. Tickets for the headline acts at The Big Feast will be available to buy on the tour. Appetite’s “The Big Bite” brochure details all performances during the Bank Holiday festival weekend, together with other events commissioned by Appetite for summer 2015.
The Big Bite is available to view, or download, online at www.appetitestoke.co.uk or people can pick up a copy from venues including libraries across the city.
Tickets for The Big Feast headline shows are also available from the Appetite website and venues including tsp coffee shop, Piccadilly, Hanley, and Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton.
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Notes to Editors:
Appetite is the Creative People and Places programme taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 2013 to 2016. Appetite aims to get more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts. This investment in the arts and cultural sector of the area aims to mobilise and strengthen the skills, knowledge and infrastructure that already exists within the area and provide unprecedented opportunities for more people to see, make and influence more art in the city.
The Appetite programme is funded by Arts Council England and is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University. It is supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Visit the Appetite website at www.appetitestoke.co.uk