Midsummer Wakes: Newcastle Under Lyme

Coming in July, the Midsummer Wakes carnival procession will bring the streets of Newcastle under Lyme alive!

The organisers are preparing carnival images along the theme of ‘flight’ and look forward to welcoming costume artist Emma Garafalo (fresh from the annual civic carnival Manchester Day) who will create colourful carnival images.

The programme for the day will include:

·         Carnival Parade: 2:00pm from Queens Gardens

·         Entertainment from HitMix Radio

·         Stiltwalking from Circus in a Box

·         Dance performances from local dance groups

·         The Town Crier will announce the winner of the Best Dressed Window competition

·         Drumming workshop from Kotu Drummers

·         Street market

·         ‘Wake the Streets’ Community Band

Across industrial North Staffordshire Wakes Weeks were traditional holidays. Factories and mines shut down and workers and their families enjoyed the fairs that came to town during their time off. Local charity NLSC are working with B-Arts and Newcastle Under Lyme Business Improvement District (BID) to re-imagine this tradition as a way of celebrating the town and providing opportunities for local people to get together and do something fun.

B-Arts are working with Seabridge Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, the Social Agency, a Young Tenants group and many local volunteers to make the parade. Workshops are taking place at ‘WAKES HQ’ on 60 Ironmarket, with an Open Day on Sat 15 July where everyone is welcome to come and say hello.

The event is supported by Arts Council England and Newcastle BID .

For more information please contact: newcastlelanterns@gmail.com