Crewe gears up for science, art and transport spectacular

Thu 30th May 2019 11.49AM

Crewe gears up for science, art and transport spectacular
CREWE Town Council has unveiled plans for its biggest crowd-puller of the summer season – the hugely popular trAction festival celebrating science, art and transport in spectacular style.

This year the theme is Taking Flight and the town will once again be awash with colour and creativity on July 6 when it welcomes street performers, dancers and community groups taking part in a giant parade.

A packed programme of free entertainment includes day-long displays by futuristic artists, musicians, giant puppets and acrobats. Among them will be the raucous Ramshakilicious brass band, Bicycle Boy and his pedal-powered musical display, High Flyers Apus Productions and their flying machine and Cloudscapes offering visitors a chance to lie back and fully appreciate the sky above them.

It will be the fourth trAction event organised by the Town Council with support from the arts engagement project SpareParts which hopes to revive the carnival spirit of yesteryear when the old Park Fete procession was a highlight of Crewe’s summer.

Community engagement workshops are already underway offering schools and local organisations a chance to work with artists on creating whacky transport-themed entries in the parade.

Science and engineering will again play a big part in the festival with plenty for budding young boffins to enjoy. Activities include building paper planes and rockets as well as a UFO obstacle course, Harry Potter-themed Lego railway track and large wooden bridge.

The event has a number of big name partners including Bentley Motors, Whitby Morrison ice cream vans, Swansway Motors, Network Rail, delivery giant AO.Com. Crewe Heritage centre will host vehicles displays.

Mayor of Crewe Benn Minshall said: “I think the reason why trAction is so special is because, at the heart of it, it is about family - and not just your immediate family - because it is about everyone who is touched by that event coming together as a family.

“It is where strangers become friends. It is where friends share experiences. It is where loved ones make memories.

“Crewe Town Council is proud of what it has been able to achieve so far with an event like trAction - especially for something which is completely free to the public - and that will always be one its enduring principles."

Entertainment will be spread across Crewe with main attractions on Market Square, Lyceum Square and Memorial Square and in the Heritage Centre.

The parade will round off the day and local schools and groups still have time to register their interest in taking part.

They can sing, dance or play music along the route from Victoria Street to the Lyceum Square. From Zumba-lovers to Strictly Ballroom, all are welcome.

For information on the final workshops for people to create zany parade entries contact events@crewetowncouncil.gov.uk

For more on the event visit www.crewetowncouncil.gov.uk or see Facebook @TrActionCrewe

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