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.
Performances will start at the Goodwin Ball Mill (next to the industrial museum) Saturday 11.30am, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and Sunday 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Performances are limited to 20 per show (first come basis)
Image: The Bone Ensemble (Where’s My Igloo)
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 3pm on the Sunday 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.
Workshops and activities
Pop in to see Nimble Fingers to have a go at some rag-rugging and canal crafts and play some traditional games!
Have a go at some hands on clay workshops with Etruria Artists.
I See Magical Creatures UK will be running workshops both days of the festival, so why not pop along and make a magical creature to send on some adventures along the canal?
There will be providers offering facepainting, Henna and glitter tattoos so now excuse for not looking as colourful as the boats at this festival!
New company KT Lala pop up and play will be there with their creative camping tent, complete with soft play for toddlers, baby chill nests, and craft make and takes. ktlalapopupandplay.wixsite.com/mysite-1
Have a go at the Canowl trail, pick up a trail and spot the 12 owls nesting in different places around the site
Exhibitors and Demonstrations
Majestic Owls will be bringing 10 of their beautiful birds to show
A small number of vintage engines will be on display
The Etruria Mill will be in steam 12.30-4.30pm and tours will be available
Sculpted Steel will be on-site at the forge doing blacksmith demonstrations
There will be a chance to explore a historic narrowboat
Performances and Music
There will be a programme of performances and music throughout both days. Full programme coming soon.
Roving Story-teller Ian Douglas will be entertaining visitors throughout the day and also running sessions on board his narrowboat!
Food and Drink
Titanic Brewery will be running the bar tent throughout the festival and a range of hot food will be available on site including a wood fired pizza oven and vintage baked potato oven
There will be an array of stalls selling artisan crafts, gifts, and toys as well as a number of charity and information stands