Culture in a Tent!

at the

Redcar and Cleveland Surestart Celebration Event

Kirkleatham Museum, 27th June 2004

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Redcar and Cleveland Surestart surely knew just how to start the party as they turned the grounds of Kirkleatham Museum into a jamboree of cultural vibrance during today's annual Surestart Celebration Event.

Over 3000 people all of ages flocked to the event, which thankfully enjoyed full sunshine all afternoon.

And speaking of sunshine, the brightness of the day triggered something of a contingency plan when extra 'sun block' was needed to allow people to view one of the main attractions.  Housed in the largest marquee on site, the University of Teesside's Octorama needed a little more shade than was on offer in order for people to properly see the eight video screens that it uses.

Luckily, the boys of Redcar Fire Station were close at hand, and along with the University's Steve Thompson and Andrew Vause were red-hot in putting an ad-hoc sun roof over the proceedings.  Many thanks in particular to Dave and Alan of the brigade - well done chaps!

The Octorama is a 14-metre multimedia community digital arts exhibition installation and has been the focal point for the last two years in the regional ICT event “People and Place”  The theme of this years People And Place, which took place on March 26th at the University of Teesside, was “Family Links” - the same exhibition that displayed at Kirkleatham today.  The 8 screens featured images created in Teesside and Durham UK online centres throughout January and February this year.

There was also a fun introduction to ICT in the Museum clubhouse with a suite of laptops running various interactive CD-ROMs.  This activity was facilitated by Middlesbrough's Tahzeeb project, who have a specific interest in multilingual ICT. 

Other activities of the day included a fun run, dozens of stalls, facepainting, nail art, line dancing, music, dance and a wealth of cultural celebration.

The grounds were also graced by stilt walkers in splendid costume, a rather cheeky clown, a friendly bear and a host of other entertainers. 

Andrew fits the emergency
sun shield

The Surestart bear keeps
the kids amused

Event Controller Beenie

Fun in the sun

Steve behind the scenes

Dougie and Tanya 
Centre for Lifelong Learning University of Teesside

Clown talk

A pause for a pose

Firefighters Dave and Alan

James from Tahzeeb with Steve

Line dancers
psst wanna see 'em dance)

The women of Stockton "Voices"

The clown and the
hired Entertainer

We're mates really...

Taking the biscuit

Tall indians

Water Dandelion

Turner's Almshouse