The UK’s only festival of art, performance and spectacle dedicated to transport and travel is back with a bang this year! The SpareParts Arts Festival will be once again be bringing a dizzying display of acts of motion, movement and wonder alongside incredible vintage vehicles as part of the ever popular Tram Sunday on Sunday 17th July.
The fun has already been full steam ahead with weeks of works from varied participation events. Young people in West View Estate have been working with one of our artists to create a unique motion installation that will form an integral part of the events in Memorial Park. The Windmill Players have imagined an exciting new interactive performance that will take place on board a tram and young people in four local schools have been working with Mobility Scooter owners to redesign the Scooters to represent the owners’ dreams as part of the final parade.
As communities across Fleetwood have geared up for their involvement in Tram Sunday we have been asking people to reflect on their ‘Most Memorable Journeys’. Don’t forget to catch a special sound installation in the SpareParts ‘Junk Yard’ which has captured the transport dreams, horrors and many comedy journeys from the people of Fleetwood.
As well as all the work happening on the ground, various acts of magic, mayhem and momentum have been confirmed from the sea to the sky and everything in between. You won’t want to miss a pyrotechnic showband, skating bees, a sea monster from the depths of the ocean and the Bullzini Family’s 8m high wire spectacle which will close the day’s events in Memorial Park at 4:30pm.
See our full programme here – https://issuu.com/leftcoastuk/docs/spareparts_full_proof/1
Julia Turpin, LeftCoast’s Executive Director said, “We are absolutely delighted to be part of Tram Sunday again this year, it is a great partnership between all involved including LeftCoast, Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Arts Council England, Wyre Borough Council, Regenda, sponsors and of course our local community.
“We have been blown away by our inspiring volunteers again this year, without whom we wouldn’t be able to put on SpareParts at the level of activity we do. We have also worked with hundreds of local participants in workshops leading up to SpareParts, making pieces for the Super Scrap Race and learning new skills.
“We have an ambitious arts programme with even more acts than before, there is such a wide variety of artists and performances ranging from street theatre and spray painting to acrobatics in Memorial Park. We are looking forward to the future and working with our partners on making this exciting event continue as a flagship event on Fleetwood’s calendar.”
Adam McGuigan, SpareParts Festival Director, said, “I am delighted to have been able to work on such an exciting project, it really is a unique festival. I am inspired to see we have been able to work creatively with partners to bring a high quality range of performances, all with a transport theme, to the Festival and in particular the SpareParts Super Scrap Race!
“The Festival has had two successful years and Ive really enjoyed working with the Festival committee to make this year’s SpareParts even better than before!”
This year we have five exciting ‘zones’ for you to immerse yourself, try a new skill or sit in awe:
The Junkyard (Memorial Park) –
The SpareParts village, where audiences can experience a wide range of performances to transport them from Tram Sunday into a wild world of motion, mayhem and fun. Activities happening all day from 11am until the final performance at 4:30pm
Zone 2 (Lord Street and Warrenhurst Road) –
A brand new stage has been erected in Lord Street (near Warrenhurst Road). All day there will be a continual display of local musical talents. Local bands, singers and performers will be on The Garage Band Stand showing the best of Fleetwood’s bands.
Zone 3 (Lord Street) –
All along Lord Street we will have some of the most colourful characters entertaining the crowds all day. From the curvaceous Boom Booms to skating bees and the infamous Lollipop Ladies, the town will come alive with these mesmerising visitors.
Zone 4 –
A stage has been erected on Pharos Place where audiences will be treated to a mixture of local, national and international performances remembering our most memorable journeys. A wild mix of performers will keep audiences entertained at ‘The Pitt Stop’. Come and take a break and let our performers do the work.
Off the Rails – Kid’s Station (Euston Gardens) –
A first for Tram Sunday ‘Off the Rails’ takes over Euston Gardens to create a space exclusively for the under 10’s. Circus, Dance, Craft and Drumming workshops will be ongoing throughout the day. This is also the place to hear the famous story of the last mermaid in Fleetwood. ‘Off The Rails’ will also host ‘Planes, Trains and Rubber Rings’ an interactive adventure for the imaginative under 10’s.
Finally don’t miss the SpareParts Super Scrap Race at 3:30pm, described as Wacky Races meets The Tour de France, where a varied array of transport contraptions, characters and collaborations vie to win the first ever Super Scrap Race starting from Euston Gardens at 3:30pm to Memorial Park. Join the end of the race and witness who wins first prize.