SpareParts Festival is part of Fleetwood Tram Sunday. It’s the biggest transport themed event in the UK, celebrating the arts through motion and transport!
SpareParts Festival – Sunday 21 July 2019
The committee of volunteers who organise Fleetwood Festival of Transport have developed the SpareParts Festival over the years to add a different dimension to Tram Sunday, through arts and arts participation.
The SpareParts Arts Parade made its first appearance in 2014. It was the year that dancing diggers appeared on Fleetwood beach!
With continuing support from Arts Council, the SpareParts Festival is now a regular feature of Tram Sunday. Look out for workshops and local community participation both before the event and on the day itself.
SpareParts in Fleetwood 2019
SpareParts is the UK’s ONLY festival of art, performance and spectacle dedicated to transport and travel. Enjoy performance acts of movement, motion and wonder!
Participation groups have been working hard throughout the year, all over Fleetwood. Don’t forget to catch the SpareParts Parade! It starts at 3pm at Fisherman’s Walk (the Asda end of town). The parade makes its way along the main street to the North Euston area.
Plus, there’s walkabout artists on the programme. They’ll be popping up throughout the event… maybe when you least expect them!
2019 SpareParts Programme
Albert Street Car-park
BAND AT THE END OF THE WORLD
POCO LOCO DRUMMING WORKSHOP
North Euston Gardens
BELLY OF THE WHALE
Library – Community Hub
HUNT & DARTON
MAD MAX PRAMS
BOOM BIKE BOURREE
More about SpareParts 2019
SpareParts brings a unique programme of professional artists and performers for people to experience. Alongside the stunning displays of vintage and modern classic vehicles – to celebrate what happens when arts and transport collide.
A highlight is the SpareParts Arts Parade starting from Ash St. at 3pm. See international artists, along with over 150 people from the local community. They come together in a celebration of a great day. Join in with the cavalcade of curiosities, contraptions and musical vehicles designed by artists and local people as it makes its way down Lord St to the North Euston Hotel
Jodie Gibson, SpareParts Festival Artistic Director, said: “SpareParts really is a unique festival where transport and arts collide! It’s great to be returning to Fleetwood, where SpareParts began in 2014.
“We really enjoy coming home to Fleetwood and working with the Transport Festival, SpareParts brings another dimension to an already successful event. Audiences can expect an array of high quality performances, all with a transport theme. This year audience members will be peddling their own musical, creating a radio show and even cloud gazing!
”Alongside bringing international artists to the programme we create opportunities for local people to participate or perform.
“This year over 150 local people have been involved in making something for or performing in the SpareParts Arts Parade.”
For more information about the festival visit www.sparepartsfestival.co.uk .
Funding for SpareParts
SpareParts has been made possible because of support from Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund – a National Lottery funded program. Plus LeftCoast, Fleetwood Town Council and Wyre Council.
There are lots to get involved with on the day. Watch artists and performers and get involved in workshops from Henna and Under Water Rangoli workshops to becoming a post-apocalyptic warrior with a blinged up Mad Max pram for the parade!
There is even a live radio show – RADIO LOCAL, presented by LeftCoast especially for SpareParts. A 12 hour radio spectacular broadcasting live, straight from the centre of Tram Sunday – for one day only.
Based in Victoria Street opposite the Library, Radio Local is hosted by deadpan duo Hunt & Darton. It’s built with, by and for local people, telling your stories, sharing your news, playing your jingles. There are loads of different ways to get involved on the day – it wouldn’t be local without you! You can contribute news, pick a song, even create a jingle in the dedicated Jingle Shed! And if the hustle and bustle of Tram Sunday gets too much head on over to the Listening Shed where you can sit back and listen to the sweet sounds of Radio Local.
Radio Local will be broadcast LIVE on Fylde Coast Radio – www.fyldecoastradio.org.
You’ll be surprised as you make your way through town on the day. Look out for the many walkabout artists who’ll be popping up throughout the footprint. You never know where they’ll pop up!
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Featured at SpareParts Festival 2018…
2018’s SpareParts Festival was a varied and exciting programme!
Take a look at this video clip of just part of the parade. There’s just some of the 2018 SpareParts Festival photos from the Visit Fleetwood collection below –
BIG Funding News for SpareParts Festival
The SpareParts Festival, pioneered by Fleetwood Festival of Transport, received Arts Council England funding to grow this amazing event even bigger!
The investment will see the hugely popular transport themed art festival ‘accelerate’ to three northern transport events, increasing to five by 2020, and ensuring its spectacular programming can reach new audiences.
More about the SpareParts Festival
SpareParts – is the UK’s only Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle – it’s dedicated to transport, travel and motion
Have a look at what happened at SpareParts in 2016 here –
Thanks to Craig Shaw Photography for these great photos from 2015. They give you a flavour of SpareParts Festival – but you just have to experience it yourself on the day! SEE LOTS OF PHOTOS FROM THE 2017 EVENT HERE
SpareParts Festival – 2015
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.
SPAREPARTS ARTS PARADE wound its way through Fleetwood from 3pm – watch these two clips of the fabulous parade!
‘SCENE~O~SONIC SOUND SYSTEM’ was made with the help of the community by artist Jon Large from Manchester. It’s 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.
Local Artists and Big Shows
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” – a welcome with a difference from artist Lowri Evans as part of SpareParts Arts. Originally premiered at Preston Train Station, at Fisherman’s Walk Street tram stop visitors got their own personalised filmic welcome as they stepped onto the platform.
YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS enjoyed a series of workshops and photographing the SpareParts Programme. Young people aged between 13 and 19 were able to work with local photographers Claire Griffiths and Jill Reidy to develop their skills.
SpareParts Arts Parade – 2014
SpareParts Arts Festival at Tram Sunday 2014
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