Prepare for another amazing August Bank Holiday weekend as Appetite’s ‘The Big Feast’ returns to the streets of the city centre. Make sure you save the dates of Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August, as Appetite shares another smash-hit weekend of world-class music, theatre, dance and more. Two days that promise to be fun for all the family.
Steven Griffiths from Bentilee, a member of the Appetite Supper Club who help program the Festival says, “It’s so exciting in Stoke-on-Trent right now, as things hot up towards the City of Culture Bid for 2021. Appetite have led the way for the last few years by bringing some extraordinary events to our city. This year sees another great mix of entertainment, something for everyone and even better, you don’t have to pay a penny”.
This year, The Big Feast will witness an assortment of entertainment including: an hilarious hitman turned healer offering you holistic services in a taxi; a fabulously fiendish fox (not a real one) playing music; a hip-hop dance performance about football fans and an Urban Astronaut! There is much more to be announced and Appetite will be unveiling what else is coming up during the weekend soon, to keep people’s taste buds tingling.
The Big Feast will also host a ‘DIY Drive In Cinema’ for families, working with Flatpack Film Festival to invite families to build their own drive in car and sit in them to enjoy a series of film screenings suitable for all ages.
Gemma Thomas, Appetite’s Creative Producer said, “Each year we work with our Supper Club to select the finest events, projects and performances from the UK and international festival circuits. Our Supper Club is a combined group of local people who come together to help make decisions and select the content that goes into our calendar of events each year. The Big Feast has become a key cultural event for Stoke-on-Trent and it’s now great to see people making the Festival a part of their Bank Holiday plans, choosing to stay and enjoy activity in the city, rather than go elsewhere. I firmly believe festivals such as The Big Feast can be a contributory force towards making the city a more positive and vibrant place to live, work and play in.”
Appetite, led by New Vic Theatre, began in 2013 and four years on has attracted almost 400,000 audience members and participants. This is due to most of the shows being free or at very affordable prices, due to Arts Council England funding and taking places in various locations from hospitals to high streets.
Paul Williams, spearhead for the City of Culture Bid 2021 states the importance of Appetite to the city, “Appetite produce world-class events right here on our doorstep and target audiences who may not think art is for them. It is clear Appetite’s approach is working, making art more accessible and making sure people get to see a diverse range of high quality activity, inspiring the next generation of cultural makers, shapers and audiences. With their fantastic track record, Appetite adds a real strength to our City of Culture Bid, showing the world that The Potteries is one of the best places to be in the UK right now.”
The Big Feast is a member of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, a group of festivals working together to extend the reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts, bringing high-quality outdoor work to diverse audiences across England.
The Big Feast runs on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August across Stoke-on-Trent City Centre. To find out more about the Festival visit www.appetitestoke.co.uk