On Saturday 25 June, The Homecoming is set to return to Newcastle-under-Lyme for the third year running.
The event aims to gather both families, adults and teenagers from in and around Staffordshire to enjoy a great outdoor circus-filled day while celebrating the rich heritage of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The event will take place within Newcastle town centre, at a number of different locations where groups of internationally-renowned outdoor performers will entertain the audience with their jaw-dropping talents and mesmerising performances.
The Town Centre Partnership created the Homecoming event to celebrate the incredible life of Philip Astley – the creator and “father of the modern circus”. The intention of this event is to raise awareness of his work, and at the same time bringing fantastic entertainment to Newcastle Town Centre.
This year is the third such event, and following the huge success of The Homecoming 2015, Newcastle BID has been grated £15,000 funding from Arts Council England to bring together the community in honour of our impressive artistic talent and inspiration. The Arts Council’s aim is to “support artistic ambition, strengthen cultural ecology and enrich our communities.” With the funding they provide, the town will see world-renowned acts such as Bedraggled from Kitsch and Sync, Leap by Strong Lady Productions, Anyday by Max Calaf Sevé, Plantary by Pif Paf and Body of Wires from Dizzy O’Dare.
Matt Taylor, BID Manager said
“Many people are unaware that Newcastle-under-Lyme is the birthplace of Philip Astley, the creator and father of the modern circus. At Newcastle BID, we believe that this is a huge part of our towns heritage and want to celebrate it in the best way possible.”
These outdoor acts can be followed and seen by all, as audiences witness their home-town being transformed into an artistic wonderland of musical, acrobatic and theatrical talent.
For more information on The Homecoming 2016, visit the Facebook page: facebook.com/thehomecomingcircus