PREPARATIONS are under way for Stockton International Riverside Festival’s 30th Birthday Community Carnival.

On Saturday (13 May) schools and community groups from across the Borough gathered at ARC in Stockton to take part in a ‘pre-birthday party’ workshop.

There was music, party games and birthday cake aplenty, as both young people and adults began creating ‘Fizz, Bang, Pop – Happy Birthday’ themed costumes and put forward their design ideas for this year’s carnival t-shirt.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Director of Culture, Events and Leisure, Reuben Kench, said: “SIRF Community Carnival is the largest celebration of its kind in the region and this year SIRF’s 30th birthday is giving our community a perfect excuse to create a carnival which is more raucous and colourful than ever before.

“There will be large scale installations, fabulous music, party costumes and of course balloons – it will certainly be a birthday to remember and one not to be missed!”

The carnival atmosphere will be coming to Stockton early this year with a big circus tent arriving in Parish Gardens on Tuesday 1 August, Wednesday 2 August and Thursday 3 August. There will be a chance to sign-up to a range of workshops including acrobatics, uni-cycling and stilt walking, as well as drop-in sessions with opportunities to make headdresses and flags to line the carnival route.

The 2017 SIRF Community Carnival will be held from 12pm on Saturday 5 August.

For more information about SIRF 17 and to view the programme, visit www.sirf.co.uk

For more information about being involved in SIRF Community Carnival please email Juliet.Hardy@stockton.gov.uk or call 01642 527696.

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