The 2019 Festival of Thrift is on its way!

Festival of Thrift fever is starting to build with the announcement of some advance programme highlights including pollution dancers, the triumphant return of Cowcar, a band that was a big hit with visitors last year and plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, the brass band intriguingly billed as New Orleans meets 90s club classics, are back by popular demand for the seventh event on 14 and 15 September at Kirkleatham, near Redcar and will once again entertain festival-goers with their rousing and colourful promenade across the site on the Sunday.

Thrifty parade

To kick start the weekend, on Friday 13 September the festival will launch with a Thrifty parade, when a cohort of bikes will make its way from Kirkleatham Museum to join other parade participants to take Thrift through the heart of the town centre and along the sea front to finish at Tuned In.

This year’s parade is called ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’, in line with one of the event’s themes for 2019 of clean air in the Tees Valley and the region’s commitment to improving air quality for all who live there, work there and visit the area.


Led by Stellar Projects, the procession will include a combination of local community groups, professional performers and musicians, including last year’s popular Cowcar, to restate the highly topical warning of the dangers of methane emissions, and dancers wearing Kasia Molga’s extraordinary Human Sensor costumes, which measure and reflect diesel emissions in the atmosphere. Festival of Thrift organisers are inviting anybody and everybody to take part to help set the weekend off to a joyful start.

Festival of Thrift

The other theme for the 2019 #thriftfest is the celebration of the anniversary of the moon landing and one of the Festival elements is an interactive re-imagining of the Moon Landing by Saltburn based creative artists Whippet Up which aims to immerse visitors in an out of this world experience.


‘Mission (out of) Control’ will bring the excitement and optimism of space travel in the 1960s to the Festival of Thrift. Space attire will be created, astronauts will be trained and a four-stage rocket will be built, all accompanied by a soundtrack and performances especially created by the Festival’s choir Phoenix Voices and vocal group Mouthful.

Fresh from Glastonbury and shifting the focus from the past to a future where we have forgotten how to move, parkour artists Urban Playground will bring their distinctive performance style, dancing at speed and height and incorporating David Attenborough’s narrative, in a show called Zoo Humans.

Festival of Thrift

As they slowly become aware of the artificial world in which they’re living, they must decide if they’ll swap touch-screens for human contact and risk the comfort of their cage for the lure of the great outdoors and ask, what it will take to get us moving again, before it’s too late.

Family adventure

An extra-terrestrial family adventure inspired by ‘E.T.’ & ‘Stranger Things’ called The Unknown will be presented by Manic Chord Theatre.

Parents and children will be transported to another world in a two-part tale, with accompanying downloadable alien app, featuring Amber, a tech savvy teen and her rather more traditional grandmother, Dawn who are onto something supernatural.

Live sustainably together

Festival of Thrift director, Stella Hall, said the themes for 2019 have been designed to offer new journeys of discovery into how we can live sustainably together through thought-provoking performances and the Festival’s special mix of hands-on fun, food, music, and dance, together with a host of ethical traders.

“These highlights are just a fraction of what we have lined up this year. There’s plenty more to come and, as ever, people can expect the unexpected at the Festival of Thrift,” Stella added.

“We take huge pride in being a one-of-a-kind event with our packed celebration of sustainable living and we are promising another riot of ways to have fun at the festival this year.”

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September

The Festival of Thrift weekend takes place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019 at Kirkleatham, near Redcar. The Thrifty Parade to launch the festival weekend is on Friday 13 September and starts at 6.30pm.

Anybody wanting to get involved with the Thrifty launch parade can email lyndsey@stellar-projects.co.uk

Bookending the 2019 festival, from 12 – 19 September, is Viewpoints by Festival of Thrift a project which sees sculptures, installations and artworks displayed across the Tees Valley to prompt discussions about sustainability issues.

Board Information

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.