Who’s on Stage at Festival of Thrift 2015?

This year there are two stages filled with fun, dance, music and activity.

On the Solar Stage designed by Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and Home Live Art inspired by the Theme of Steam.

The OxGlam Fashion Show will take us from bustles to go-go boots using upcycled and restyled items donated to Oxfam. Produced by Oxfam Jesmond, Oxfam Darlington and Oxfam Durham Boutique & Bookshop, the outfits are inspired by the 190th anniversary celebrations of the first passenger steam train which journeyed between Darlington and Stockton, from 1825 bang up to modern day beauties. Be creative and look a million dollars for pennies.

Folk Dance Remixed: A fresh, collision of folk and hip hop dance and music. Dance with Ceilidh Jam and Street Dance the Maypole. Featuring 160 local school children working with Darlington choreographer Debbie Waistell and regional Dance agency, Dance City. High-energy, with a unique remix of maypole, clogging, ceilidh, street, house and breakdance with a hint of African & Bollywood… to a live soundtrack of fiddle & beat boxing – this is Folk and Street Dance like you’ve never seen it before! And there’s a chance for Festival goers to dance too!

The Flat Cap 3 are on the run, but will drop by to play a spot of reggae, or perhaps folk, swing or rock ’n’ roll and the Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express will have those toes a tapping.


On the Lunar Stage – programmed by Home Live Art Compered by Paul Martin. Our colourful ringmaster will bring to the stage;

DJ Neil Massey mixing it up with Jazz Funk/fusion, Rare grooves plus a little AfroFunk and dedicated sets of “Northern Soul”. The wonderful soundtrack to what’s going to be a great weekend;

Dhol Drummers, these two sided drums are played throughout the Indian subcontinent and Darlington and will have visitors feeling the beat;

Lah-di-dah, bringing 1920s fitness workouts to the stage in a mass 1920s workout which will have everyone in tip top shape. In clipped tones they’ll take visitors through the moves including ‘high tea’, ‘the penguin’ and ‘chased by a bea’ – now stretch;

The Swivelympics visitors can take part in this international sport without standing up, with a good chance of winning a real plastic gold medal. Take up the challenge and see how many turns can be achieved on a common-a-garden office chair.

With all this activity on stage as well as artists, demonstrations, music, wonderful food, workshops and stalls selling all types of upcycled, recycled, thrifty and sustainable goods the Festival of Thrift is set up to be a great weekend of family fun.

See you at The Festival of Thrift!


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