Professional networking events at SIRF, 3-6 August

XTRAX is delighted to offer a weekend of professional networking and meetings alongside the Stockton International Riverside Festival, 3-6 August.

We invite colleagues to experience the festival, meet other professionals, and discuss and debate the current issues in the street arts sector. 

The professional networking at SIRF takes place 3 – 6 August.

We have now closed registrations for SIRF Professional Networking meetings.

If you would still like to join us for any of the meetings mentioned, please come to The Arc and complete a registration form in person.

Thank you.

The long-established festival is a popular meeting place for festival professionals and artists from around the world. As well as presenting international work from established companies, it includes much new work that has not been widely seen. We invite you to discover projects that may be ready for immediate touring as well as building relationships with artists whose work is still evolving.

The festival includes:

  • Opening and closing show from Cie Bivouac and CirkVOST
  • 30+ shows from UK and international companies

The full programme is now online and can be seen here. 

The professional networking meetings include:

Friday 4 August, 11am-12:30pm at the ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Meet the Without Walls Network

Without Walls invites artists, producers, and other creatives to find out more about the network and meet some of the partner festivals.

This is an opportunity for artists and other industry professionals to connect with festival partners from across the network and find out more about ways in which we can work together.

Saturday 5th August The ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

10.30 – 11.30 Introduction to Street Arts in South Korea

We are delighted to welcome Producer Jin Yim from South Korea to XTRAX, to work with us on creative connections and exchange in the street arts world between UK and South Korea. 

Jin will lead a presentation about the Street Arts in South Korea, introducing other Korean delegates attending SIRF and giving an overview of key developments in this vibrant region. We will also be joined by Lorna Rees, Director of Gobbledegook Theatre and Co-Chair of Outdoor Arts UK to share her experience of taking her work Seoul Street Arts Festival. In the coming years we will explore how we can develop connections between UK and Korean Street Arts in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Find out more about the street arts in South Korea here and Jin’s recent work on ‘Next Mobility’ in South Korea, as part of KAMS Connection research project in 2021/22.

11.45 – 12.30 Information Sharing

We will introduce a number of projects relevant to the international street arts sector including Arts Info Point, Street Arts in Lithuania, Environmental Power project from Squid Soup and more.

Arrival in Stockton

If you have registered, you can collect your name badge from The Arc at the following times

Friday 4 August 10.30 – 12.30 

Saturday 5th August 10.00 – 12.30

Stockton On Tees (Thornaby Station) is 2.5 hours by train from Edinburgh if you are visiting for Edinburgh Festival, and 3 hours by train from London.

Travelling to the UK and Stockton-on-Tees

By Air
The nearest airport is Teesside International Airport in Durham, with flights connecting to Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands. The airport is only a 10-minutes train ride away from Stockton-on-Tees city centre.

Manchester airport is also well connected to Stockton-on-Tees, with frequent direct trains running from the airport to Thornaby station in just under 3h. The airport is linked to all main European and international destinations.

Newcastle Airport is 1.5 hours from Thornaby or Middlesbrough stations by train.

By Train
From London trains run regularly to Thornaby, Stockton or Middlesbrough stations, departing from Kings Cross Station (which is adjacent to St Pancras for Eurostar trains). The nearest station to get to the ARC and Festival events is Thornaby.

[Image credit: Bonded, Alleyne Dance © Lidia Crisafulli]