The Big Feast 2018 - Stoke-on-Trent’s Tastiest Outdoor Arts Festival
Stoke-on-Trent’s premier arts festival, The Big Feast ’18, returns to the streets of the City Centre from Friday 24 – Saturday 25 August, for another year of scrumptious world-class performance and entertainment.
The annual outdoor arts extravaganza, will fill the streets with an array of thrilling and astonishing performances all for free. This year’s festival includes the world-renowned installation, Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram. A seven-metre wide floating moon sculpture with detailed NASA imagery on its surface and a surround sound composition created by BAFTA winner Dan Jones, Museum of the Moon has wowed audiences around the globe and will be on display at King’s Hall in Stoke from Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 29 August.
Alongside the Museum of the Moon, The Big Feast ’18 also features life-size bingo in Bingo Lingo; hilarious musical walkabout theatre in There Be Monsters; virtual reality games in VR Playground; a 12-hour live radio show made by local people and broadcast on the street in Radio Local and spectacular acrobatics taking place on a giant game of jenga in BLOCK by NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse. MAN UP, a brand new production by local performance company Restoke exploring masculinity and mental health created with and starring men from Stoke-on-Trent, takes place at Goldenhill Working Men’s Club from 21 – 24 August and following their roaring success at last year’s Big Feast, the Royal Opera House also return to the city with two operas reimagined for the streets: La Traviata Reimagined and La Boheme.
Appetite has been serving up a programme of performance annually in the City Centre since 2014.
Gemma Thomas, Appetite Creative Producer, says ‘We loved bringing Luke Jerram’s larger-than-life artworks Play Me, I’m Yours and Lullaby to the city in previous years so we are so excited to be presenting world-renowned piece Museum of the Moon in our city this year. It’s sure to whisk audiences away to another planet in the beautiful surroundings of the King’s Hall. And our line-up of events, from tea dances and film screenings to yoga, means there is something for all ages to enjoy under the moonlight too.’
Karl Greenwood, Appetite Project Director said, ‘We’ve loved bringing The Big Feast to Stoke-on-Trent over the last few years and seeing how audiences have grown. Developed in collaboration with a group of local residents called The Appetite Supper Club, this year we’re excited to present a selection of truly thrilling performances for all. From the unusual and unexpected, such as Pakman where juggling comes up against drumming in the back of a van, to the astounding with Museum of the Moon and two new shows from the one-and-only Royal Opera House, there’s something for everyone to love.’
Jean, an Appetite Supper Club member from Fenton added, ‘Having been blown away by the Royal Opera House at last year’s Big Feast, I can’t wait to see what new creations they bring to my hometown this year.’
Sania, an Appetite Supper Club member from Burslem, also commented, ‘I am looking forward to laying down and staring up at Museum of the Moon and imagining how amazing it is in real life.’
The Big Feast 2018 runs from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 August in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre. Find out more about The Big Feast and start planning your weekend by visiting our what’s on page or download the brochure from here. Opening times and the programme of events for Museum of the Moon, which runs from Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 29 August, can also be found at www.appetitestoke.co.uk/whatson/museum-of-the-moon.
The Big Feast 2018 Brochures are now available in printed format to pick up from local libraries, City Centre outlets and the New Vic Theatre or you download and see the online version here.