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An extensive programme of activities, performances and workshops all offered for FREE across the weekend

Crewe, Cheshire; Free family festival trAction Crewe, landed in the Town Centre last weekend, and was an absolute blast. An extensive programme of activities, performances and workshops all offered for FREE across the weekend, was warmly welcomed by all the festival goers. 


On Saturday 8th July, SpareParts featured as part of trAction Crewe, bringing inspirational arts performances and activities to the family festival. Exploring what future journeys might look like, the arts programme comprised stupendous shows with parkour dancers, super grannies on their trollies and much more. Funded by Arts Council England through their Strategic Touring programme, a whole host of arts performances and workshops was enjoyed by all ages, and brought a unique atmosphere to Crewe Town Centre, never experienced before. 


The highlight of trAction Crewe was Great SpareParts Parade. Crewe has been awaiting a precision for just under 10 years, and a futuristic arts parade left everyone ecstatic. The parade featured community groups who were involved with Spare Parts participation element in the build up to trAction, barrel runners, Urban astronaut and many more crazy and exciting artistic elements. 


Cheshire East Deputy Leader, Cllr David Brown comments, “Events such as trAction Crewe are a strategic part of Cheshire East’s regeneration initiative for Crewe. Driving footfall to the town centre, and bringing the community together in celebrations, is crucial for the local economy. Crewe Town Centre has potential to be a first choice destination for shopping and entertainment”. Cllr Brown concludes, “trAction Crewe is a great initiative to support this vision”.

Crewe Town Mayor, Cllr Diane Yates comments, “Crewe Town Council is absolutely delighted with the support by the community and the quality of trAction Crewe incorporating the marvellous additional activities from Spare Parts. The festival brought our diverse community together; everyone enjoyed themselves and joined in the celebrations.” Cllr Diane Yates concludes, “We would like to thank all of our supporting partners and sponsors who played a key role in making trAction Crewe a key success.” 

SpareParts Director, Adam McGuigan, comments, “It was fantastic to bring SpareParts ‘on the move’ to trAction Crewe. Audience numbers were really good over the course of the day and the performance programme animated the town centre beautifully.” Adam continues, “Thanks to the funding from Arts Council England Strategic Touring programme, we were able to bring unique transport themed arts to Crewe. All the activities and performances were very well received by the festival visitors and it was great to see everyone so engaged”.  


Science Corner was another key component of trAction Crewe. Offering FREE STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) workshops, children and adults were loving the virtual welding, illumaphonimum and the racing simulator to mention the few. 


Sunday saw the arrival of classic and American cars, which were exhibiting at the Market Square throughout the day. Accompanied by the vibes of Crewe’s favourite California Blue music band, Market Square was buzzing on the 9th July. The award presentation for the best motors attracted big crowd, and the lucky winners of nicely polished cars and motorbikes were ecstatic about receiving the well deserved accolade. 


This year trAction truly transformed Crewe into an arts and science hub across the weekend, and it is fair to say that the only not to so good feedback was that it ‘needed to go on for longer’. If you have missed trAction, you can have a check out the pictures on trAction Crewe Facebook page and twitter and #Gearup for next year.

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