Come along and sing with the Festival of Thrift choir

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Phoenix Voices, the Festival’s open-access choir in residence,is hosting a gathering on 28 July from 7 to 9pm at the Earthbeat Centre in Saltburn.

It will be a relaxed evening designed to showcase Phoenix Voices choir and inspire people to sign up for the Festival of Thrift Phoenix Voices project.

Phoenix Voices was established through work with Mouthful (a vocal quartet) for the 2016 Festival and has around 50 members who participate in on-going monthly singing days.

Three years on at the 2018 Festival of Thrift on 22 and 23 September, they’ll continue to celebrate Teesside, sustainability and suffrage in a mix of songs from all over the world plus new composed material.

The repertoire of songs for 2018 is on the theme of sustainable transport and ranges from Big Yellow Taxi to Chela – a Bulgarian song about a bull – as well as uplifting anthems including a Teesside version of Power to the People and some favourites from previous Festivals.

Phoenix Choir will be out and about on the Festival of Thrift site throughout the weekend performing in unexpected places – spot the singing statues and the harmonising hedges … – as well as on the main stage.

The choir is keen to hear from any enthusiastic singers.  In addition to the event on 28 July there are all-day workshops on September 1st, 8th and 15th, and evening rehearsals on 5th and 19th September. To register your interest and find out more please email

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Festival of Thrift Background:

  • The Festival was born in Darlington in 2012 and is growing up across the Tees Valley region, with a move to Kirkleatham, Redcar in 2016.
  • The Festival has won a multitude of awards since starting out, including Best Event Teesside (in 2015 and 2017), Gold as North East Tourism Event of the Year and the Observer Ethical Awards for Arts and Culture, recognising the fact that artists are embedded in the programme as agents for social change.

2018 event + partners

  • The Festival of Thrift will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 from 10 – 5pm at Kirkleatham Estate near Redcar on the north east coast
  • The Festival of Thrift is located in the tranquil and historic village of Kirkleatham, in and around Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, a Grade II listed building which dates from 1709.
  • VIEWPOINTS by Festival of Thrift – 19th– 25thAugust 2018. See Tees Valley in a new light with a week-long programme of temporary art installations in locations across the Tees Valley landscape
  • There will be a Festival Launch Event and Party taking place on the afternoon and evening of Friday 21 September starting in Kirkleatham and processing to Redcar Town Centre.
  • The event is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and enabled through a partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority, together with SABIC and Teesside University
  • Further support is provided by Arriva, BBC and BBC Tees, Hemingway Design, Northumbrian Water and Sustrans
  • As part of the event’s thrifty aims people are encouraged to come by public transport. Kirkleatham is on a cycle route with plenty of cycle parking on site and information is provided on the Festival website. There is a bus service (81 and 81A) running every 10 minutes from Redcar Central Station, served by Northern Rail.


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