Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) is in the running for a top regional award.
It has been shortlisted in the Performance of the Year category of this year’s Living North Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements made across the region.
In its 29th consecutive staging, SIRF 16 remained fresh and distinctive, presenting a spectacular and challenging show about the horrors of the Somme offensive alongside its more whimsical and intimate programme. Other shortlisted events include the multi-million pound Kynren show at Auckland Castle and the biennial Lumiere festival in Durham.
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “We are really proud that SIRF has been shortlisted in the Living North Awards 2016 and our nomination is testament to the efforts of the staff, performers and volunteers who work so hard to put on a superb festival year after year. This recognition goes to show the world-class standard of events that are available here in Stockton Borough and the wider North East region.
“Of course it’s not just the artists who are a huge part of SIRF. Our annual Community Carnival is an integral part of the festival and is always a spectacular sight thanks to the hundreds of individuals, community groups and schools who make it colourful and lively. We have always had a strong community spirit in the Borough and it’s great that so many people come together every year to enjoy and be a part of SIRF.”
The award winners will be announced on Friday 25 November at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle.