Stoke Your Fires Film Festival Returns on March 25 2017

Stoke Your Fires film festival is back with a mini-fest on 25th March as part of plans to revive this popular citywide event. Stoke City Council and co-ordinators B-Arts are planning a new direction for the festival to make it bigger and better. Films to engage non-cinema audiences will be screened at a range of venues across Stoke, including Stoke Film Theatre.

Trevelyan Wright, Executive Director of B-Arts, says:

“We think Stoke needs and deserves a proper celebration of film, whether it’s made in the city or connects to the shared passions of the people of Stoke. We’re going to be using these events to talk to a wide range of people about what they want from future film festivals in the city.”

Susan Clarke, Chair of the Cultural Programming group for Stoke’s City of Culture bid says:

“We’re very excited that Stoke Your Fires showcases the breadth of cultural communities we have in the City.”

Martin Gooding, founder of CULT: Hip Hop Stoke on Trent and host of Hip Hop evening, says:

“Not only is it vitally important for the city to have the opportunities to engage with exciting, socially minded, British and independent film making but also to gain a greater understand of the issues facing modern Britain through those fighting for a better future.”

Confirmed programme:

Hip-hop film evening featuring Chester P for Mayor: the YMCA, Harding Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3AE, to begin at 7pm.

Martin Gooding will show Chester P for Mayor using the YMCA’s Sky Rooms as a venue.

Full length documentary following Chester P (Taskforce) along his journey through Hip Hop, Homelessness and the Housing Crisis. Featuring Focus E15, Love Activists, New Era Estate residents, Streets Kitchen plus many more.

Hip Hop activist Will “JD” Sayer will speak. Tickets £5/ £3.50 available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets. Free tickets will be made available for YMCA residents. Martin is a local artist, activist and the founder of CULT: Hip Hop Stoke on Trent. TW@CULThiphop – FB CULT: Hip Hop Stoke on Trent

South Asian film evening featuring Out of the Ashes: Stoke Film Theatre, College Road, Stoke, ST4 2EF. 3.00pm.

Said Karimi will show Out of the Ashes at Stoke Film Theatre on Saturday 25th March at 2.00pm. He is inviting British-Asian cricketing heroes to endorse the event to inspire Stoke’s youth. Tickets are available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or on the door. £5.00 / £3.50 with family discounts available.

Contact Isla Telford on for more information, to give your opinion, or find out how to get involved.

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