We’re delighted to announce that this year’s Festival of Thrift has attracted even more support as it continues to develop a national – and international – profile for both Darlington’s ingenious brand and our unique office space in the North East of England.
A mix of creative businesses, organisations and funding bodies have jumped on board for this year’s ingenious national celebration of sustainable living in a unified bid to support this highly acclaimed unique Festival, grown in the North East.
The Festival is expected to attract a record number of people to its founding host site at Lingfield Point in Darlington this month, thanks to the support of 13 funders and partners.
The nationally-recognised Festival was recently awarded the 2015 Arts and Culture Observer Ethical Award and will this year be supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and hosted and supported by Lingfield Point, Darlington Borough Council and Creative Darlington.
Major partners include Darlington Building Society, County Durham Community Foundation, Thirteen Group, SwapBuy and Teesside University as well as in kind support from Lexus Teesside, Northumbrian Water, Tracy Kidd Photography, DFDS Seaways, Cummins Engineering, BBC Tees and OPR. This year’s festivities will start on Friday 25 September 2015 in Darlington Town Centre with the rebuilding of Darlington Rail Station’s iconic clock tower forming part of the town’s celebrations to mark the 190th anniversary of the world’s first passenger steam train that travelled between Stockton and Darlington in 1825. We’ll then open our doors to the world on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015 for a weekend filled with free, frugal fun.
Festival director, Stella Hall said: “We’re thrilled to have such a diverse range of supportive funders and partners supporting Festival of Thrift 2015. Each year we work hard to build partnerships with organisations that are committed to a sustainable ethos to really complement the spirit of the Festival of Thrift.
“With the backing of our supporters, this year’s Festival is set to be bursting at the seams with a wonderful mix of thrifty entertainment and artists. We are anticipating 50,000 visitors will travel from all corners of the country and even from overseas to Darlington over the course of weekend, which will offer a real boost to the local economy.”
We’re delighted to welcome back this fabulous, free festival and serves as a great platform to showcase our commitment to sustainability, creativity and culture.
As the original base of Festival of Thrift we believe Lingfield Point remains the perfect environment for such an on-trend, fun and fulfilling, community based event – and of course it gives us the chance to show-off our upcycled offices to a huge audience. We welcome the partnership with other sponsors from across the Tees Valley – and with excitement building we’re looking forward to this year’s event.
Amongst Festival of Thrift’s programme will be nationally known scrimpers, leading and emerging artists, musicians, special installations, demonstrations, debates, workshops and stalls offering upcycled, recycled, sustainable and of course thrifty goods and tasty foods, to help people live a happier, more sustainable way of living.
For more information on Festival of Thrift 2015 visit the website at www.festivalofthrift.co.uk and register for updates.
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