Opening Ceremony & Street Program

High Street and town centre  |  Saturday, June 23rd

12 noon for festival parade  |  1pm onwards for the rest

Our festival will open with a carnival parade incorporating music, majorettes and dance groups in flamboyant costumes. The parade will move through the main streets of the city to the bowl (outside John Lewis) to see the start of an all-day programme of dance and
musical stage performances. The line-up includes the tribute band the Trembling Wilburys and the Buzniks, a 4-piece rock combo formed by ex-Squeeze Bassman John Bentley.

Our patrons include Suzie Quatro and Gilson Lavis. Other street highlights include circus performers, street animations, drummers, storytellers and dancers. There will be face painting, yarn bombing, craft sales and craft and art workshops supporting local artists. The local chef Leon Lewis will offer a delicious range of vegetarian cuisine.