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SIRF 17 - spectacular 30th birthday finale announced

Thursday, April 27, 2017

sirf 17 spectacular 30th birthday finale announced

A world class artist will walk on a flaming wire high above the heads of the crowds in a stunning finale as Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) celebrates its 30th birthday this summer. 

Jade Kindar-Martin, a student of Philippe Petit who walked between the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers in 1974, is the only high wire artist in the world who walks on a burning wire. 

In this unique show by Cirque Bijou, Jade is joined by his wife Karine and leading wire walkers the Bullzini Family. The grace and poetry of their movements will distract audiences from the very real danger the artists face as they come together on two wires high above the audience. The heart stopping spectacle will be accompanied by live music and a dancing sea of colour-changing umbrellas.

Cirque Bijou are inimitable show makers who push the boundaries of contemporary circus, street theatre and spectacle, seeking out the new, unexpected and extraordinary. They bring together world class artists, high production values and new technologies to create unique and unforgettable shows with and for audiences at festivals, events and celebrations worldwide.

Meanwhile, the remarkable scene will be complemented by around 50 local volunteers dancing with LED lit colour changing umbrellas which will illuminate Trinity Green in dazzling patterns.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn, said: “In true SIRF fashion we are bringing to Stockton a diverse mix of internationally renowned acts from across the globe.  This year’s programme is shaping up to be a hugely entertaining and at times thought-provoking mix of high quality, theatre, dance and circus.

“High wire has wowed audiences at many of our festivals over the years so we thought it fitting that in its birthday year we bring celebrations to a close with a very special, never to be forgotten high wire finale.

“We are incredibly excited to be welcoming Cirque Bijou and their extraordinary show to Stockton for the 30th SIRF.  The remarkable closing performance has to be seen to be believed and is the only one of its kind in the world.”

SIRF17 takes place from Thursday 3 August to Sunday 6 August and will offer an exciting mix of small and large scale shows for people of all ages. The finale show will be performed on Sunday 6 August at 10pm.

For more information or to see highlights from the last 30 years of SIRF visit

To preview Cirque Bijou's show visit

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