The Fleetwood Festival of Transport Committee have worked with arts organisation LeftCoast for several years to add a different dimension to Tram Sunday, through arts and arts participation.
The SpareParts Arts Parade made its first appearance in 2014, the same year that dancing diggers appeared on Fleetwood beach!
With continuing support from LeftCoast and Arts Council the SpareParts Festival is a regular feature of Tram Sunday. Look out for workshops and local community participation, and on the day itself.
SpareParts is the UK's Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle, dedicated to transport, travel and motion.
Have a look at what happened in 2016 here
Cycling enthusiasts of all ages are invited to get involved in a host of free activities ahead of Tram Sunday.
Fleetwood Festival of Transport and SpareParts cycling event takes place on Saturday July 15 from 10am to 1pm on Adelaide Street, Fleetwood.
The free activities which take place on Saturday July 15 on Adelaide Street in Fleetwood are part of the build-up to Fleetwood’s biggest event of the year, Fleetwood Festival of Transport featuring SpareParts Arts Festival.
With everything from workshops to decorate cycles, BMX performance displays and a giant two-wheeled flash mob are all on the bill for those wanting to get involved.
For more information or to download the programme for Tram Sunday visit www.fleetwoodfestivaloftransport.co.uk
Adam McGuigan, Director of SpareParts, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to team up with artist Eli Randal from TMESIS Theatre to make these activities happen.
“We know that people across the Fylde Coast love to cycle so what better way to get them together, celebrate creatively with each other and add a fantastic new spectacle to Fleetwood Festival of Transport and SpareParts than by doing this?
“The flashmob will be an explosion of cycling creativity which will take to the streets of Fleetwood as part of the Great SpareParts Parade on Tram Sunday from 3pm – if you’ve got a pair of wheels, join us and be part of this amazing opportunity to celebrate cycling together.”
As part of the event there will be a display from brilliantly talented BMX performers who will be showing off their skills, wowing audiences who come along on the day.
Cyclists can bring along their bike and take part in workshops led by TMESIS Theatre to decorate their bikes ahead of joining the flashmob taking to the streets of Fleetwood anytime from 10am-1pm.
Fleetwood Festival of Transport and SpareParts will take place on Sunday July 16 from 10am with a host of activities taking place throughout the day including everything from heritage transport attractions, free steam train rides and an amazing array of arts workshops and performances to delight audiences.
The Great SpareParts Arts Parade
A sight to be seen - a grand participatory parade of artist designed or decorated cars, bikes, rickshaws, trucks, vans and other forms of transport which processed through the huge Tram Sunday crowds in mid-afternoon.
Artists and arts companies created unusual and weird vehicles to display during the day and joined the parade through an audience of tens of thousands of admirers.
Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles formed part of the SpareParts Village in Memorial Park.
Photo: Craig Shaw Photography
Timed performances and sideshows took place in Memorial Park in and around interesting vehicles, trailers, caravans and other travel/transport related structures.
Strolling and mobile performers, with a transport or travel theme, were performing throughout the day.
Photo: Craig Shaw Photography
Local creative groups helped by participatory arts companies helped Communities to develop their own content for SpareParts 2016.
Tram Sunday float made by local primary school children
Photo: Craig Shaw Photography
Over thirty companies performed across the day with arts activities taking place at Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Euston Gardens, Adelaide Street and Fisherman’s Walk tram stop.
SPARE PARTS ARTS PARADE wound its way through Fleetwood from 3pm - watch these two clips of the fabulous parade!
Rag and Bone were leading the way with their collection of crazy vehicles, joined by creative creations made by Handmade Parade and members of the community, plus artist Jon Large and the new Scenic~O~Sonic Sound System float.
The parade started at Memorial Park and followed Lord Street, Bold Street, Mount Road, The Esplanade to finish at Marine Hall.
‘SCENE~O~SONIC SOUND SYSTEM’ was made with the help of the community by artist Jon Large from Manchester - an exciting and original new float for the SpareParts Arts Parade, based on an early 20th century fairground organ using its traditional shape, with a Fleetwood inspired contemporary twist - it was towed behind 'Tonefloat' - a musical milk float also taking part in the parade.
Interactive shows and performances included The Insect Circus, housed within a vintage Bedford TK Beetlebox lorry. The Travelling Treasury invited you to enter a beautifully transformed caravan for a magical storytelling experience.
Wandering the streets of Fleetwood were strolling shows including Granny Tourismo (below), three raucous grandmothers who burn rubber and make up the first and only shopping trolley dance display team. Watch the great video clip too!
The Sauruses stalked the streets with a deafening roar, looking for food to calm their prehistoric hunger – plus The Lollipop Patrol (below) were the luminous hand of the law.
Blackpool based artist Infected by Design taught children skills using graffiti, stickers and acrylic makers to create a one of a kind piece of urban art; while Sarah Hicks helped kids create their own vehicle from recycled materials to take home or contribute to a large collaborative art piece.
EXTRAORDINARY BODIES presented their new show Weighting at Marine Hall Gardens. Weighting told the story of an extraordinary family who make new discoveries in the face of love and loss. The show celebrated risk-taking and the right time to let go.
EXTRAORDINARY BODIES SUPER CHOIR was a ‘super choir’ of existing choirs, individual singers and those who just wanted to give it a go. Cleveleys based 'Dream Team' singers were part of it and performed live as the finale of the show ‘Weighting’ as part of SpareParts.
“I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE" was a welcome with a difference from artist Lowri Evans as part of the SpareParts Arts element of the festival. Originally premiered at Preston Train Station in April, at Fisherman’s Walk Street tram stop visitors got their own personalised filmic welcome as they stepped onto the platform.
BAYBEAT STREETBAND were looking for: People who can bang a drum, People who can play the saxophone, People who blow their own trumpet, People with an ukelele of their own, to form a street band to play at the event.
YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS were invited to take part in a series of workshops and be commissioned to photograph the SpareParts Arts Programme. Young people aged between 13 and 19 were able to work with professional Blackpool based photographers Claire Griffiths and Jill Reidy to develop their skills.
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