There's Something in the Water, Duck: Cultural Reporter Sue checks out #sot2021 bid launch!

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There's Something in the Water, Duck: Cultural Reporter Sue checks out #sot2021 bid launch! Cultural Reporter Sue Hackney reports from the launch event of Stoke-on-Trent's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, There's Something in the Water, Duck...

Saturday 29th April 2017
On a cold and windy night in the middle of Hanley there was an explosion of noise, colour and -water. There's Something in the Water, Duck was the final performance of a day full of street activities and shows to celebrate the submission of Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

The show's creators, outdoor performance company Avanti Display, braved the raw weather in skimpy outfits whilst being drenched by cascades of ever-flowing water that squirted, splashed and flowed out of umbrellas, vases of flowers and some other more unmentionable places! Alongside the dancers were a group of 5 drummers modelling a ‘Steve Strange’ look (for those born after 1986 you might need to ‘google’ him!) They had previously marched their way, weaving in and out through the crowd and ‘drumming up’ enthusiasm to get the party started. And high above the performers, at the top of the Town Hall an operatic aria was being sung that resonated all across the town. 

As the water surged and swelled so did the atmosphere of the crowd who had gathered despite the poor weather conditions.The aquatic spectacular then ended with an explosion of pyrotechnical expertise that illuminated the night sky.

If this is indicative of the start of the bid then I can’t wait to see what else we have to look forward to. So come on people of Stoke-on-Trent, get behind your city’s bid  and let’s go all out to try to win. We have a great city with a fantastic cultural and artistic heritage that needs to be showcased to the rest of the UK.
Sue Hackney
Appetite Cultural Reporter

The Appetite Cultural Reporter Team is a roving group of local writers, photographers and bloggers who are passionate about the arts in Stoke-on-Trent.Cultural Reporters discover and promote exciting stuff happening locally and regionally through reviews, blogs, vlogs, photography, back stage interviews and more. From theatre to circus to spoken word, they get to the heart of the action and bring it to you. Got an event coming up you’d like one of the team to review? Contact us at


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