Here are some highlights of 2016. The 2017 programme will be coming soon… look out for the date.
1. Redcar – The Town is The Menu
An experience like no other, unique to the Festival and this town. Visitors lunched in the Walled Gardens at Kirkleatham where the dishes, the presentation, entertainment – the whole dining experience – was inspired by the history, folklore, famous faces and tall tales of Redcar.
2. OxGlam & Best in Show
On the catwalk were outfits inspired by Kirkleatham Museum and a Day at Redcar Races! The OxGlam team delved into Kirkleatham’s collection and the crowds enjoyed a fashion show of surprising, inspirational, thrifty and – of course – transferable fashion. The thriftiest Festival goers were awarded Best is Show rosettes and invited onto the stage too.
3. Quarantine presents Between us, we know everything
Between us, we know everything captured what we know, everything we know, anything we know. It was all the useful and useless information we’ve acquired over the course of our lives. Visitors were filmed telling us what they knew – or choose what they didn’t know and, well, learnt it!
4. Fix it Cafe
Experts and a range of equipment were on hand to help visitors find their own fix for broken items. Recycling old items from electronic stuff like stylophones and computers, mobile phones and TVs to mechanical music boxes and faulty fishing rods! Visitors just brought along something to fix.
5. People’s Encyclopedia on the Trolley Bus
We don’t know everything – even though some of us like to think we do – but there’s someone out there that does! Visitors took a seat on our Trolley Bus with an expert of their choice and asked away. Anything from beekeeping to car maintenance. The Trolley Bus didn’t take anyone anywhere but the conversation and knowledge certainly did!
6. Empathy Museum presents Walk a Mile in my Shoes
What is it like to have spent years in prison, or to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to have rediscovered love in your eighties? Visitors explored how empathy can have the power to transform our personal relationships and tackle global challenges. An interactive shoe shop, A Mile in My Shoes invited visitors to (literally) step into someone else’s shoes and embark on a mile-long journey to see the world through their eyes.
Jukebox was an interactive jukebox with a live DJ inside. Visitors choose from one of over 60 classic tracks and the DJ will spun the tunes. Everything from roots to reggae, from Mozart to metal or from bee bop to hip hop the DJukebox has it all. Converted from a good old British built portable site toilet the Jukebox was at our convenience!
8. Graeme Miller presents Track
Visitors took a journey through the Kirkleatham woodlands on Track and saw the world differently. Track throws the landscape through 90 degrees and sets it in motion. Gazing upwards to the canopy of leaves the sky and contemplate, a time for our visitors to slow down and just be.
9. Mufti Games presents Massive Battleships
A super-sized team version of the classic naval guessing game. Teams joined two crews and plotted their opponents’ downfall. Using binoculars, with flags and flashcards signaling hits and misses hundreds of yards apart, it was all hands on deck to try and sink the enemy’s fleet before they were sunk themselves!
10. Navigator North’s STABLE
In the stables of Kirkleatham Hall at the centre of the site, Navigator North commissioned five emerging artists from Teesside, working with lead artist Steve Messam, to create new work celebrating the region using recycled materials.
11. Phoenix Voices
Our choir especially created for the Festival celebrated 170 years of steel-making on Teesside. Using forging, smelting and tempering as the starting point they mashed traditional and new tunes and made compelling melodies around the site.
12. Food & Drink
A host of delicious dining, tasting and snacking opportunities curated by Food Guru Simon Preston. Options included Jamalittle and Jamallot, the jam and chutney making factory, Bistro Du Van and of course Redcar – The Town is the Menu. Visitors took time out with drinks at the bars, with DJ’s playing from the top deck of the Route Master Bus Bar.
13. The BIG Talks
Visitors joined in the conversations with talks covering the food industry, ethical fashion, regeneration and how to manage your money, our panel of experts led conversations to help visitors find their sustainable future.