The big Tram Sunday news is that The SpareParts Festival, pioneered by Fleetwood Festival of Transport, is to receive a three-year investment thanks to Arts Council England.
The investment will see the hugely popular transport themed art festival ‘accelerate’ to three northern transport events this year, increasing to five by 2020, and ensuring its spectacular programming can reach new audiences.
The innovative nature of the festival has been praised in previous years for its ability to engage those who don’t usually consider the arts to be ‘for them’ by using a mixture of clever programming and adding a colourful addition to existing Transport Festivals.
Adam McGuigan, Artistic Director of SpareParts Festival, said: “This investment represents a step up to the next level for SpareParts as we take audiences on a journey with us across the North, supported by a fantastic network of partners from co-founders Wyre Council and LeftCoast to newer partners like Crewe Town Council, Cheshire East Council and Sandbach Transport Festival.”
“The support of Arts Council England is absolutely invaluable and will allow us to be ambitious and daring with the programme and participation opportunities. We already have some incredible artists for 2018 that I look forward to announcing later in the year.”
In its first year, the festival featured Motionhouse’s Traction with dancing JCBs performing on Fleetwood beach (above), and since then has gone from strength to strength offering a diverse programme of street performance as well as large scale spectacles.
On top of its diverse programme of performance the festival also prides itself on its community ethos and each year will work with schools and community groups in the towns it visits to give opportunities for people of all ages to participate.
Jane Beardsworth, Director North, Arts Council England said “The SpareParts Festival has done a brilliant job in attracting new people to the event to enjoy the work of some excellent artists and I’m delighted that we have funded its development through our National Lottery funded Strategic Touring programme.”
Robert Brown, Chairman of Fleetwood Festival of Transport, added: “The creation of SpareParts Festival has been a labour of love from the volunteer committee of Fleetwood Festival of Transport and we’re delighted with today’s news.
“I’ve seen first-hand the power the arts can have to enrich people’s lives and we are very proud to be developing this trailblazing festival from Fleetwood.”
In 2018 SpareParts Festival will head to Sandbach Transport Festival on April 21 and 22 and trAction in Crewe on July 7 before returning to its home town of Fleetwood on the Lancashire coast on July 15.
More information about the 2018 SpareParts Festival will be released in the coming weeks.
Fleetwood’s SpareParts Festival
– goes ‘On the Move’ to Sandbach!
Published April 2017
A giant mermaid puppet created by the visitors to Fleetwood’s Freeport outlet centre last year, was at the head of Sandbach’s SpareParts parade on Sunday 23 April.
The Fleetwood Mermaid at Tram Sunday 2016
The SpareParts Arts Festival, sponsored by Leftcoast and Wyre Council in Fleetwood for the last three years, moved to Sandbach last weekend to great public acclaim.
Flock of Bikers ride with a young wheelchair user
Featuring a dozen acts, many of which will be at Fleetwood’s Transport Festival on Sunday 16 July, the Sandbach town park was transformed into an open-air arena of fun and performance.
Meet the Bobbins – always ready for a race!
Originally based around Fleetwood Festival of Transport (Tram Sunday), this celebration of street art has been funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund to visit two other free Transport Festivals in 2017 – Sandbach and Crewe, both in Cheshire. Each festival will feature the same mix of professional and community art which proved to be so successful in Fleetwood.
“It was so exciting to see the acts which we are bringing to Fleetwood perform with a huge public audience at another Transport Festival”, said Dave Carlos, Tram Sunday’s Operations Director.
“Adam McGuigan, who joined us for last year’s SpareParts, is also acting as Festival Director for these events and he has created a spectacular show for all ages – all transport related”.
Plans are well advanced for the Crewe Festival on 8/9 July and for Fleetwood on 16 July where Urban Playground’s STEAM show will be a headliner.
Urban Playground perform STEAM
“What’s great about this show is that local teenagers can play their part too and the artists will be training them in Parkour (free-running) in advance of the event”, said Dave.
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SpareParts goes ‘On the Move’ in 2017
Fleetwood Festival of Transport secures further Arts Council investment to tour at trAction and Sandbach festivals
Preparations for SpareParts, the UK’s only Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport and travel, are getting underway with the fantastic news that Fleetwood Festival of Transport has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England (ACE) to tour SpareParts to two other transport Festivals in the North of England.
Fleetwood Festival of Transport is one of only four organisations in the North of England, and 15 nationally, awarded funding from the Strategic Touring Fund in this cycle.
This investment will support SpareParts: On the Move – a pilot programme which will connect three ambitious transport festivals in Fleetwood, Crewe and Sandbach.
Led by Fleetwood Festival of Transport, the organisations will work together to produce and deliver an exciting programme of outdoor arts which local audiences can enjoy and take part in. The project aims to continue this partnership approach and develop a touring network of transport festivals.
Adam McGuigan, SpareParts Festival Director said, “We are delighted that the work Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Wyre Council, LeftCoast and the Arts Council have been building for the past 3 years has been recognised again by ACE. We are excited to work with local residents to explore the rich transport heritage in all three locations and see how these stories can be brought to life at trAction and Sandbach Transport Festival. We have worked together to create an incredible programme of spectacular performance which we are sure will thrill thousands of people at all three festivals.”
Sarah Maxfield, North Area Director, Arts Council England said, “I’m really pleased that we’re supporting the Fleetwood Festival of Transport through our National Lottery funded Strategic Touring programme. The SpareParts Festival is already a highlight for many people in and around Fleetwood, so it’s great that this investment will enable it to tour to two other transport festivals in Crewe and Sandbach. Not only will this help transport festivals in the North West work better together, but it will also mean more people can enjoy and take part in the events.”
Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said, “Tram Sunday and Spare Parts is a real highlight of the Fleetwood year and showcases Fleetwood at its best, from old trams to modern dance. I’m proud to be a part of Tram Sunday in Fleetwood and I’m also proud that we can now share this fantastic event with audiences in Crewe and Sandbach.”
Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast, said: “Tram Sunday featuring SpareParts is quite simply Fleetwood’s best day and we are really pleased that the Arts Council has seen the potential to take the SpareParts Festival to other areas of the North West. The Fleetwood Festival of Transport Committee should be immensely proud that their work over the past three years has paid off so splendidly. The artistic programme which has been developed over the past three years is unique. Transport and art collide in a way that is becoming incredibly popular with residents and visitors alike, Crewe and Sandbach are in for a treat!”
More details of the artists and performances will be released prior to the three festivals:
– Sandbach 22nd/23rd April
– Crewe 8th/9th July
– Fleetwood 16th July
LeftCoast and Wyre Council have worked with organisers of the Fleetwood Festival of Transport for three years to bring SpareParts to the ever popular annual ‘Tram Sunday’. Fusing transport and arts to create a fantastical family experience, completely free of charge, in and around Fleetwood, this is a day not to be missed. You will be sure to find something to awe and inspire you – from the spectacular Great SpareParts Arts Parade to wandering around the SpareParts Village in the town’s Memorial Park where all performances, workshops and other creative experiences take place in or around vehicles. You may even bump into a few strolling or mobile artists during the day!
The organisers are looking forward to working with trAction and Sandbach Transport Festival to see how SpareParts can develop and grow with the collaboration from two dynamic new partners.
Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund is a National Lottery funded programme.
SpareParts Festival Director Appointed
Published May 2016
Fleetwood Festival of Transport appointed Adam McGuigan as the Festival Director in 2016.
Adam comes to Fleetwood with a wealth of experience, including 10 years in Zambia.
Ten years ago he co-founded Barefeet Theatre in Zambia (barefeettheatre.org), an organisation which works with young people living on or vulnerable to live on the streets in Zambia (children living with disability, from refugee backgrounds or in low income communities).
Barefeet works through drama, music, carnival, rhythm, dance and other expressive mediums to give young people a platform to have their voices heard, express themselves and share their skills. As the Artistic Director, Adam was responsible for spearheading their annual Barefeet Festival. This two-week festival was the culmination of a year’s work in a cross art form mix of over 27 live events. The annual event closes with a dynamic carnival procession through the streets of Lusaka with over 2500 performer participants.
“I am excited to see how I can creatively work with the partners to create a dynamic, innovative and exciting range of performances, with a transport theme, to animate and enliven the festival,” said Adam.
“I am already working on projects in Manchester and Liverpool and I’m looking forward to giving my experience, passion and energy to ensure that this year’s festival is creatively powerful, community driven, effectively managed, logistically sound and most importantly full of the spirit and soul which was so clearly evident in the last two years of SpareParts.”
Dave Carlos, Fleetwood Festival of Transport’s Operations Director said “We are thrilled that Adam is keen to help us to move the Spare Parts Festival, now an integrated and highly-regarded part of Tram Sunday, into the stratosphere.
“His experience is very relevant to our Festival and our town as we seek to involve the local community even more closely. His appointment is a real coup for the event!”
Have a look at what happened in 2015:
Meet the Bobbins – SpareParts at Sandbach