The Big Feast – Stoke-on-Trent’s Tastiest Outdoor Arts Festival – Is Back!


Stoke-on-Trent’s premier arts festival, The Big Feast ’18, returns to the streets of the City Centre from Friday 24 – Saturday 25 August, for another year of scrumptious world-class performance and entertainment.
The annual outdoor arts extravaganza, served up by arts programme Appetite, will fill the streets with an array of thrilling and astonishing performances all for free. This year’s festival includes the world-renowned installation, Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram. A seven-metre wide floating moon sculpture with detailed NASA imagery on its surface and a surround sound composition created by BAFTA winner Dan Jones, Museum of the Moon has wowed audiences around the globe and will be on display at King’s Hall in Stoke from Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 29 August.

Alongside the Museum of the Moon, The Big Feast ’18 also features life-size bingo in Bingo Lingo; hilarious musical walkabout theatre in There Be Monsters; virtual reality games in VR Playground; a 12-hour live radio show made by local people and broadcast on the street in Radio Local and spectacular acrobatics taking place on a giant game of jenga in BLOCK by NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse. MAN UP, a brand new production by local
performance company Restoke exploring masculinity and mental health created with and starring men from Stoke-on-Trent, takes place at Goldenhill Working Men’s Club from 21 – 24 August and following their roaring success at last year’s Big Feast, the Royal Opera House also return to the city with two operas reimagined for the streets: La Traviata Reimagined and La Boheme.


When and Where is The Big Feast?

The Big Feast ’18 runs from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 August in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre.



What Moon-Inspired Events and Activities Will be taking place?

Museum of the Moon is accompanied by an exciting programme of moon-inspired events and activities for you to enjoy under the moonlight such as the following, do head to the website to see the full programs and details :

  • Bring the little ones to a very special storytime under the moon in Bedtime Stories with Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and escape to an enchanted island with Moon on a Stick puppetry theatre.
  • A spectacular duet exploring the mystical figure of the moon in human history
  • Embark on an entertaining and illuminating journey to outer space in Keele Observatory’s pop-up planetarium
  • Stardome by Keele Observatory
  • Dust off your dancing shoes and join The Ragroof Players for a magical family tea dance under the moon
  • Ceramic Moon Workshop.

Do note that the Museum of the Moon is free to view but they gratefully welcome any donations to help them keep delivering fantastic art in Stoke-on-Trent. If you are able, please do give a donation after viewing in the King’s Hall entrance foyer.


About Museum of the Moon

After mesmerising millions across the globe, Luke Jerram’s glorious gleaming moon will shine brightly in Stoke-on-Trent this summer…Museum of the Moon is a spectacular seven-metre-wide, floating moon sculpture with detailed NASA imagery on its surface. Each centimetre of the replica equals 5 kms of the lunar surface. Escape under moonlight as the lunar lit installation featuring a surround sound composition by BAFTA winner Dan Jones whisks you away to another planet.  Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Discover more here.  Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Luke Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe, including here in Stoke-on-Trent with Play Me I’m Yours in 2014 and Lullaby in 2015.

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