The Etruria Canals Festival will be back in 2018 taking place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018 10am-5pm.  

The event is free to attend!

The theme for the 2018 event is Ingenious, a celebration of arts and engineering past, present and future and we’re programming a range of hands on activities, arts projects and exhibitors that will bring engineering to life.  More details will be released nearer the time.

This year we have received support from Arts Council England to commission 3 original arts projects for the event:

 Jill Dowse from The Bone Ensemble will be taking visitors on A Stoke Scheherazade, a family friendly promenade performance moving around the site and taking spectators on an imaginative journey between the canals of Stoke and Basra, a tale will be woven as audiences squeeze wet clay, feel desert sand between their fingers and consider the grinding of bones.  The performance will be repeated 4 times each day of the festival.
Rob Harrington’s Bone and Flint Boats, will see the creation of over a hundred ceramic steam boats.  Rob will inviting festival attendees to decorate these over the festival weekend before the finale launch of the boats at the end of the festival.
Natalie Brown will be creating giant textured bunting patterned with the different routes on the canal network and running some hands on workshops across the weekend.

If you have an idea for an activity or project that links with this please get in touch

info@b-arts.org.uk or 07557 797695

If you’re a trader or charity who’d like to attend the event you can now download 2018 booking forms (under the contact us tab)