Open Call


Community organisations (including schools), are invited to work together and take part in AstleyFest 2018, a new outdoor festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme to celebrate the life and legacy of Philip Astley – Father of the Modern Circus.

Staffordshire-based groups are invited to apply for up to £1,000 for materials, artist fees and volunteer expenses to design and make flags to be used in a parade and displayed at the festival.
A total of £5,000 is available.


On 4th August 2018, Newcastle-under-Lyme will gather together to celebrate Philip Astley at AstleyFest, a free festival in Lyme Valley. With performances and hands-on activities, everyone will have the chance to be inspired and get involved.
A brilliant day out for the whole family, children of all ages will love clowning around and trying their hand at circus skills. Everyone will enjoy the New Vic Theatre’s first performance of Roll Up, Roll Up, a brand- new show developed with local writers, performers and choir members.

In 2018, The Philip Astley Project has commissioned Appetite and PH Productions to deliver AstleyFest. The Philip Astley Project is managed by Staffordshire University on behalf of a steering group of arts, heritage, statutory and educational organisations. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, and sponsorship from businesses based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, local people can get involved in workshops, talks, an exhibition, and performances to celebrate Philip Astley in his home town.


Download the Open Call Document for full details. Apply by Monday 5th March. 

Any questions? Complete our contact form with any queries. 

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