CREWE will be awash with colour and creativity as the town hosts a giant festival of art and performance dedicated to transport, travel and motion.

SpareParts Festival will bring a carnival atmosphere to Crewe on July 7 with street performers, musicians, dancers and community groups taking part in a giant parade.

Funded by Arts Council England, the festival comes to town as part of trAction - Crewe’s annual celebration of all things transport, science and engineering.

Attractions will be spread across town including an arts village on Market Square, virtual reality swings on Memorial Square and science hub on Lyceum Square.

A packed programme includes day-long displays by futuristic artists and acrobats including the death-defying Vander Wheel of Death and Drum God man and machine in motion.

Urban Street Canvas hits Earle Street throughout the day offering families a chance to join in street art while Victoria Square will host the Jigsaw art project which was displayed at Crewe station for more than 10 years.

The jet-powered Bloodhound Supersonic Car is making a special appearance for families to learn more about its engineering journey and 1000mph speed record attempt.

Street performers will raise a smile and mingle with them before joining the grand parade at 4pm.

It will be the third trAction event organised by Crewe Town Council which hopes to revive the carnival spirit of yesteryear when the old Park Fete procession was a highlight of the summer.

Support from SpareParts will see the event grow into an even bigger family spectacle this year with more community involvement and greater emphasis on inspiring young engineers and scientists of the future.

SpareParts, an arts engagement project, helped draw more than 26,000 people to Sandbach Transport Festival in April and Artistic Director Adam McGuigan says trAction 2018 will be no exception.

He said: “We're delighted to be bringing SpareParts Festival to Crewe this year thanks to the support of Arts Council England.

“Transport is an important part of Crewe’s heritage and there could be no better backdrop for an event dedicated to science, engineering and movement.

“The response from community groups and schools has been fantastic. They have worked with artists on creating transport-themed contraptions which will wow visitors.

“We’ve packed so much into one day to give local people a visual spectacle they will talk about for many months to come.”

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