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Sunday 28 May 2017


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SpareParts art festival is set to arrive at Action Crewe Festival on 8th & 9th July with a host of performances and activities for all the family to enjoy.

The touring festival, which was originally developed in Fleetwood, is funded through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme and brings together the best of transport themed arts from around the world.

Running from 10am to 4pm, the festival will offer performances, workshops and the Great SpareParts Parade on Saturday 8th July starting at 3pm from Victoria Street.

Adam McGuigan, Artistic Director at SpareParts Festival, said: “We’re delighted to bring SpareParts to a whole new audience in Crewe.

“The festival features a whole host of fantastic performances that we’re sure audiences will love and that blend beautifully with the existing trAction Crewe Festival.”

The programme includes everything from urban explorers performing on and around a fictional Steam train to the Urban Astronaut flying high into the sky, plus a whole host of performances and workshops that all ages can enjoy.

Children will also have the chance to complete their Arts Award Discover certificate by picking up a special map which will guide them on a quest to rescue two stranded aliens as they journey around the festival.

Councillor David Brown, cabinet member for arts and culture at Cheshire East Council, said: “This exciting partnership project has been developed by Cheshire East Council’s cultural economy team and will help to boost the two transport festivals that are established events in the borough’s calendar of cultural attractions.

“We hope it becomes a great success and a regular feature of the two festivals in Sandbach and Crewe. I would like to thank SpareParts and Fleetwood Festival of Transport for bringing this very colourful and entertaining arts carnival to Cheshire East. We are all looking forward to joining in the fun.”

Councillor Pam Minshall, chair of the Crewe community and environment committee, said: “We are delighted that trAction Crewe will this year be part of 'On the Move'. This will add an exciting programme of art, performance and spectacle to our transport weekend and we look forward to working with SpareParts to ensure a wonderful two days of high quality, arts entertainment and interest for our town.”

The festival will also visit Fleetwood Festival of Transport on 16th July.

The full programme for SpareParts at Action Crewe will be released online at in the coming weeks.

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