Festival of Thrift announce programme highlights

Written by: Jemima Tottle | Published:
This Thrifty Parade at last year's festival

Festival of Thrift organisers have announced some of its early programme highlights including ‘pollution dancers’, parades and plenty of other opportunities to get involved.

The UK festival, which celebrates sustainable living, will take place on 14- 15 September 2019 at Kirkleatham, near Redcar.

The ‘Thrifty Parade’ will launch the festival weekend on Friday 13 September, where a cohort of bikes will join parade participants to take the concept of thrift through the heart of the town centre.

This year’s parade is called ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’, in line with one of the event’s themes for 2019 of improving air quality for all who live, work and visit the area.

The procession will include local community groups, professional performers and musicians, including last year’s popular ‘Cowcar’- a cow installation on top of a car which warns against the dangers of methane emissions.

There will also be dancers wearing sensor costumes which measure diesel emissions in the atmosphere.

This year’s festival will also celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing including an interactive re-imagining by Saltburn based creative artists Whippet Up.

‘Mission (out of) Control’ will bring the excitement of space travel in the 1960s to the Festival of Thrift, accompanied by a soundtrack and performances created by the festival’s choir Phoenix Voices and vocal group Mouthful.

Parkour artists Urban Playground will bring their distinctive performance style to the festival in a show called zoo humans, which follows on

Festival of Thrift director, Stella Hall, said: “We take huge pride in being a one-of-a-kind event with our packed celebration of sustainable living and we are promising another riot of ways to have fun at the festival this year.”



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