Some FAQ’s about ThriftFest Upcycled

In the true spirit of sustainability, our national celebration of Thrift is being repurposed and upcycled for 2020!

Unfortunately, we won’t be holding our large-scale celebration at Kirkleatham but we have given our annual festival a socially distanced digital makeover so you can enjoy the event online together from both near and far.

This year’s theme is Energy – and we’ve certainly needed it to rise to this year’s challenges.

Join us and join in – together we can continue to share, create, learn and enjoy  – until we meet again!


Is it accessible? Will there be BSL interpretation?

Our live stream will have BSL interpretation alongside much of our live content. Please let us know if you have particular events you would like to access so we are aware of your needs in advance.

For closed captions please watch the live stream via our Facebook page.


Do I need to book in advance for anything?

There are a few things that you need to register for in advance :

To get involved in our talks will need to visit the website where FREE registration will be in place.

Some of the live workshops will be held on zoom and these will also require FREE registration via our website

Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation with more details.

I have registered for something and haven’t had a confirmation – what should I do?

Please check your junk / spam folders – if it is not there contact us on

What do I need to pay for?

There is one family activity that needs to be ordered in advance and costs £10 to cover postage and materials.

It is called LEVILAB: BUILDING WITH AIR WORKSHOP and below is the link to it.



 What can I do in advance? How get I get involved?

We have up to 14 activities you can take part in advance of the festival

Link here

We also have hard copies of these packs at Kirkleatham Museum and Palace Hub.


What are you doing about traders?

We also have a digital marketplace featuring sustainable traders – many are local. They will also have special offers running on the 12thSeptember so worth checking out



How do I find out what’s on?

As we have gone online this year the programme can be found at

What is One Beautiful Moment?

We have commissioned a new piece of work to launch the digital festival this year. It is called I Move the Air by Linzy Na Nakornand represents our theme of energy via a soundtrack of specially commissioned music, with guided movement instructions, which you can download here from our website.

On September 12thwe’re inviting everyone to take part in I Move the Air. Simply download the track to a mobile device with headphones, get dressed in blues and greens, find a beautiful spot outdoors, in your home or garden, or even on Redcar Beach, and follow the instructions to create your own immersive movement performance. The experience is 20 minutes in total and we’ll be encouraging everyone to join in at the same time to create a collective experience. Check the website for times.

I am on holiday / away  on September 12th, will I miss everything?

No – we will maintain our films on the website until November so you can watch at your leisure. The download packs will be available till next year and the Marketplace will stay open till Christmas!

Will the festival be back at Kirkleatham next year?

We are working towards holding a festival again in Kirkleatham in 2021, dates to be confirmed. We will be following the government guidance very closely and look forward to celebrating with y


To download the ‘Thrift Your Place’ activities, visit the virtual marketplace and find advance details of the programme for ‘Thriftfest Upcycled the Digital Edition’ on 12 September visit




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