XTRAX / Stockton International Riverside Festival 2019 Showcase

Theatre, circus, dance, music and much more, all part of one of the UK's biggest outdoor arts festivals.

Join us and outdoor arts specialists from across the world at our showcase event, the XTRAX / SIRF Showcase in Stockton-on-Tees.

Taking place from 1st August – 4th August, the Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) is an annual free outdoor arts and street theatre festival in Stockton-on-Tees. In 2017 the festival celebrated its 30th year, helping to cement its position as one of the world’s oldest and best international outdoor art festivals. SIRF attracts international artists performing to thousands of spectators each year. It showcases outstanding international street theatre, dance, circus and music acts with a packed programme of shows for all the family.

We invite you to spend three days in the context of this ambitious festival and see a rich programme of outdoor shows, learn about new models of working and meet with others working in the industry in a professional programme that will include talks, networking and pitching sessions.

Confirmed Programme

UK Projects

Apocalyptic Circus – My House (WW)
Avanti Display – Full Circle
Axial Dance – Henri-Etta
Desperate Men – Slapstick & Slaughter
Dorothy’s Shoes – Tea Dance
Frolicked – Treasure Hunt
Fully Booked Theatre – Once Upon a Wall
Initiative.dkf – Scalped (WW)
Joli Vyann – Lance moi en l’air
Joss Arnott Dance – Pulse! (WW)
Kapow – Adrift (WW)
Lo-Giudice Dance – L’uomo
Mimbre – Lifted (WW)
Motionhouse – Wild (WW)
Newtons Ladder – Hope is a Thing with Feathers (WW)
Plunge Boom – Boing
Ramshacklicious – Band at the End of the World
Ray Lee – Congregation (WW)
Safety Catch Theatre – Doctor! Doctor!!
Spitz & Co – Les Gloriables (WW)
Stopgap Dance Theatre – Frock (WW)
Tangled Feet – That Parking Show
The Fabularium – Reynard the Fox
The Other Way Works – A Moment of Madness
Tickertape Parade – Fantabulosa! (WW)
Upswing – Catch Me (WW)
Wild N Beets – Buck a Brenda (WW)

*WW stands for Without Walls 2019 Commission

International Shows

Action D’Espace – Premier Cri (FR)
Amer i África – Envà (SP)
Débordante Cie – Loin (FR)
Elephants Laugh – Muljil2 (KR)
Funrinkai – Origami (FR)
Generik Vapeur – Droles d’Oiseux (FR)
Kamchatka – Kamchatka (SP)
Libertivore – Phasmes (FR)
Presque Siamoises – Au Point du Jour (FR)
Rajasthan Heritage Band
Sisus Sirkus – Mosh Split (FI)
The Sporthorses and the Guggenheim Box – Rock the Box (CH)
Theater Tol – Watercages (BE)
Vincent Glowinski – Human Brush (BE)

(with more to be announced)

Professional Programme

Alongside this world-class programme, we will organise professionals programme designed to help you make international connections, discover what is happening across the UK and internationally and help you nurture and build your own networks.

  • An Introduction on East Asian Outdoor Arts Panel Discussion with delegates from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea,
  • An Asian-focused joint reception in partnership with ASEF and the Department for International Trade.
  • A Discussion on creating dance work for outdoor contexts
  • XTRAX Shorts
  • Formal and informal networking opportunities

All professional activity is subject to funding

The XTRAX / SIRF 2019 Showcase is supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants

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To find out more about the XTRAX/SIRF Showcase contact Elena Cavallero at elena@xtrax.org.uk

XTRAX is our really good partner. It’s the best stepping stone to meet the people in the UK street
arts sector.
Jin Yim, Korea Street Arts Association, South Korea
The organization of XTRAX Showcase really did their utmost best to prepare a warm welcome to the international delegates. There were plenty of opportunities to network, both formally and informally. XTRAX made it really easy to meet new people in the field of street arts, so this was a great start.
Kathleen Keymeulen, Programmer, Cirk! Aalst, Belgium


Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom