Fringe programme 2017

The focus of Staffs fringe 2017 is supporting our community partners to showcase the fantastic city of Stoke-on-Trent, and the bid to be City of Culture 2021.sot2021 logo





festival stoke logoFestival Stoke is the new name for arts and music festivals in Stoke – growing out of the success of four London Road Festivals – but it is more than a new name, it is a new season, a fresh approach, and bigger focus on great art! For 2017 Festival Stoke is  moving the focus of the festival into the town centre, whilst keeping the fantastic festival Big Weekend located in Boothen Gardens along London Road.

arnold bennett society logo2017 is the 150th Anniversary of the Birthday of Arnold Bennett, famous author born in Stoke on Trent who wrote stories set in the city. There are lots of events and activities to celebrate.

photo of canal boatsEtruria Canals Festival includes lots of canal boats, heritage Mill engine in steam, family friendly activities including clay, magical creatures, performances, storytelling and stalls.

Staffordshire Film Archive puts on FREE films on Screen Wednesdays at Stoke Film Theatre.

Check out the Fringe 2017 programme below.

Please note that this programme may change.
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Date Starts Ends Venue Event
Wednesday 17th  May 18:00 21:00 Stoke Film Theatre LAUNCH ’17
Fiction and non-fiction short films produce by 1st Year students at Staffordshire University
Friday 19th May Sentinel’s Too Write Competition closes
Until the 2nd July Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Arnold Bennett: in life and art. Exhibition of artworks, personal possessions and clothing, photographs, documents and ephemera from Bennett’s life.
Monday 22 May 18:00 21:00 Stoke Film Theatre EVOLVE ’17
A selection of film work produce by 2nd Year students at Staffordshire University
Wednesday 24 May 18:00 21:00 Stoke Film Theatre EXPOSE ’17
A public screening of short films that have been produced by final year students at Staffordshire University
Thursday 25th May 17:30 Beacon building, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE Profs in the Pav – Are those boots made for walking? By Nachi Chockalingam, Professor of Biomechanics at Staffordshire University.
Saturday 27th May 12 noon Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Grand unveiling of Arnold Bennett statue by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.
Sunday 28th May 10.30 Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem Commemoration Service for Arnold Bennett

Free Parking is available in Chapel Lane by the George Hotel,

Sunday 28th May 14.00 Burslem Cemetery Wreath laying at Arnold Bennett’s grave
Wednesday 31 May 19:45 21:30 Stoke Film Theatre Moorland Memories plus Premiere of new film By Tom Andrews about the Spitfire; “The Shrew”


Volunteers Week and Festival of Adult Learning

Date Starts Ends Venue Event
Saturday 3rd June  9:00 17:00 Staffordshire University Show and Tell Degree Show Opens
Saturday 3rd June 10:00 17:00 Etruria Industrial Museum Etruria Canals Festival
Saturday 3rd June 11:30 13:15 City Central Library, Hanley Penkhull Press launching “Winter Downs” by Jan Edwards. Meet the author Jan Edwards, hear readings from other local writers, cakes and tea.
Sunday 4th June 10:00 17:00 Etruria Industrial Museum Etruria Canals Festival
Monday 5th June 18:00 Cadman Courtyard, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE The Contemporary Machine Professor Ian Brown, Professor of Fine Art at Staffordshire University. How contemporary social identity is constructed through the rituals of consumption within popular culture,
Tuesday 6th June 15:00 17:00 Spitfire café, Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley SoTogether Community Advisory Network for City Of Culture, for anyone living and working in Stoke-on-Trent. You do not need to be ‘into’ arts and a culture to join.
Tuesday 6th June     The Glebe pub, Stoke town Jim Kirkpatrick Live Free Entry.  Choose Days at The Glebe. An evening of quality funky rockin’ blues.
Wednesday 7th June 13:00 16:00 1960’s Bowls Pavilion Hanley Park Volunteers Week 2017 – Open Afternoon. Discover what the volunteers and Friends of Hanley Park have been up to. Information on the many volunteer opportunities within Hanley Park.
Wednesday 7th June 13:45 20:00 LRV, Staffordshire University, Leek Rd The Big Community Conversation – Listen, Learn, Share, Celebrate.  FREE workshops, fun activities, story sharing, Awards, funding advice, food and more.
CHAD and 1000 Lives.
Wednesday 7th June 17:30   Television Centre, Cadman Courtyard, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE My Creative Life Story By Wayne Hemmingway at Staffordshire University, a rags-to-Red or Dead tale.
Wednesday 7th June 18:00 19:00 Glebe pub, Stoke town Dr. Claire Fox of Keele University. “Humour styles in children” with Stoke Psychology in the Pub Arrive from 5:30pm. Discussion afterwards.
Friday 9th June     Staffordshire University Sentinel’s Too Write Competition Winners Event
Saturday 10th June 10:00 16:00 Staffordshire University Undergraduate Open Day
Sunday 11th June 13:00 14:00 YMCA Hanley Opening of Y-Tots Playground
Sunday 11th June 14:00 18:00 Hanley Park One Big Celebration Picnic for all ages.  hands on clay, art, photography workshops, walks, storytelling, ice cream, face painting, live music and more!
Tuesday 13 June 19:00 21:00 City Central Library Hanley 6×6 Summer 2017

“Six writers – Six Readings – Six Minutes”. For tickets or information on taking part as a writer, contact City Central Library on 01782 236177 or email

Wednesday 14 June


19:45 21:30 Stoke Film Theatre Homemaker – 1950s Ceramic design classic – 60th Anniversary including an exclusive interview with the pattern’s designer – Enid Seeney
Thursday 15th June 18:30 21:00 Art Stop Stoke starting point Singing Community Night Walk for Festival Stoke
Wednesday 21 June 19:45 21:30 Stoke Film Theatre Arnold Bennett – the story of the statue. From design to the unveiling including foundry scenes
Wednesday 28 June 19:45 21:30 Stoke Film Theatre The Winton Children – With Love from Penkhull to Prague. Documentary of the resuce of 669 children, mostly Jewish, from Czechoslovakia brought to safety in Great Britain before the outbreak of World War 2. 12 children came to Stoke to live in the Penkhull Homes.


Date Starts Ends Venue Event
Saturday 1st July 15:00 19:00 G026 in the Cadman courtyard on College Rd, Shelton at Staffordshire University UK Premier of “Exodus 1937 – Who helped Justus Nussbaum?“ an award winning documentary film by 14 year old Abigail Mathew about her Great Grandfather’s escape from Nazi Germany.
Sunday 2nd July 13:00 15:00 Art Stop Stoke Come and Sing workshop for Festival Stoke – no experience needed!
Saturday 15th July All day   Summer Street, just off London Road, Stoke Festival Stoke Big Weekend
Sunday 16th July All day     Festival Stoke Big Weekend