Tram Sunday Set to Rev its Engines with Arts Council investment

Fleetwood Festival of Transport has received a ringing endorsement and investment from Arts Council England to further develop the artistic arm of its programme SpareParts.

The festival, which attracts around sixty thousand people into the town each year, will take place on Sunday 17 July 2016 and will see performances taking place within Memorial Park and in the town centre streets.

Over the past two years the volunteer organising committee have worked closely with partners LeftCoast and Wyre Council to create a first of its kind transport themed arts offer for festival goers, which brings an international programme of high quality performances to Fleetwood.

2016 will see a new emphasis on community involvement in the SpareParts Art Parade in the afternoon which is already a firm favourite with audiences.

There will be a new Festival Director recruited who will have responsibility for developing the artistic programme alongside the Fleetwood Festival of Transport committee and the partners.

The festival is also seeking artists to bring transport themed art to Fleetwood either as static installations or performances in Memorial Park, strolling shows in the town centre streets or vehicles for the art parade.

Robert Brown, Chairman of Fleetwood Festival of Transport, said: “We’re thrilled to have received this support from Arts Council England. Not only is it great news for the festival but it is also a tremendous vote of confidence in Fleetwood and in our community. The feedback we have had over the past two years has been extremely positive and we look forward to continuing to surprise people with the programme this year.”

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast, said: “Fleetwood Festival of Transport is a hugely important part of the town’s calendar and it is fantastic to have secured the support of Arts Council England. The artistic programme which has been developed over the past two years is unique. Transport and art collide in a way that is becoming incredibly popular with residents and visitors alike.”

For more information about Fleetwood Festival of Transport, or to find out more about the artist commission opportunities visit www.fleetwoodfestivaloftransport.co.uk, call 07946 537950 or email [email protected]

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