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Award Winning Animated Film

Celebrations as our award winning Philip Astley Project animated film wins Staffordshire Day Film Festival 2021 Animation Category.

The popular animated film ‘Philip Astley Father of Modern Circus‘ created by Stoke on Trent based Inspired Film and Video company for the Philip Astley Project has won against stiff competition the best Animation / Experimental Film category of the first Staffordshire Day Film Festival. The event was held on 1st May 2021 in conjunction with the Staffordshire Day celebrations.

The Philip Astley animation film tells the story of Astley – military hero, original Ringmaster and creator of the modern circus. This film was originally commissioned to help spread the inspirational story of Philip Astley not only within the entertainment industry, but also to the up coming generations as a message of what can be achieved, also in a hope to cement Astley back into the public awareness and give a unique selling point lifeline to his birthplace of the market town Newcastle-Under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Day is celebrated on 1 May every year to promote the historic county of Staffordshire, England.The initiative was launched in 2015 by South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson. Williamson gave the rationale for the celebration: “I’ve seen other great counties pay tribute to their history and traditions and I think it’s only right that we honour the wonderful County of Staffordshire. There is so much to celebrate from history, food, tradition and people that hail from this extraordinary area”.

To learn more about Inspired Film look at their website: Inspired Film and Video Website

Also to see the animated Philip Astley Film click here: Award Winning Philip Astley Project Animation

To Learn more about Staffordshire and Staffordshire Day click here: Enjoy Staffordshire

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Award Winning Animated Film

Celebrations as our award winning Philip Astley Project animated film wins Staffordshire Day Film Festival 2021 Animation Category. The popular animated film 'Philip Astley Father of Modern Circus' created by Stoke on Trent based Inspired Film and Video company for the ...

Freedom of the Borough for Fred and Greta Van Buren

Inspirational Van Buren's Under Spotlight for Lifetime Achievement - Freedom of the Borough for Fred and Connie Greta. A husband and wife duo who entertained audiences all over the world for more than four decades with their magnificent magic and illusion ...

AstleyFest 2018 Celebration Film Released

Click here to see the celebration AstleyFest 2018 Film which has just been released, giving highlights of the amazing outdoor event. AstleyFest 2018 was held on 4th August 2018 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, it was a new festival celebrating the father of the ...

AstleyFest 2018

On 4th August 2018 Newcastle-under-Lyme saw the first ever AstleyFest – a new festival celebrating the father of the modern circus in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. The festival started with a bang at 11:30am in Newcastle town centre where people proudly paraded their ...

Philip Astley Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Trail

Newcastle-under-Lyme BID have teamed up with Creative Art North Staffordshire to create a Philip Astley Town Trail Map that tells you about the life of Philip Astley, Father of the Modern Circus. The town trail uses window vinyls placed at specific ...

Communities come together in Celebrating AstleyFest

In February 2018, The Philip Astley Project held an open call for artists, schools and community groups to take part in AstleyFest 2018, a new outd- Our festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme to celebrate the life and legacy of Philip Astley – Father of ...

Homecoming by Night

  Homecoming by Night, held on Saturday 30th June 2018, was a fantastic summer event that brought circus acts to the people of Newcastle-under-Lyme, in celebration of Philip Astley, the father of the modern circus. Homecoming is a popular annual event ...

World Circus Day – 21st April

Newcastle-under-Lyme celebrates World Circus Day in style! In 2018, World Circus Day celebrations in Newcastle-under-Lyme are coordinated by Andrew Van Buren. Highlights include Philip Astley Project talks hosted by the New Vic Theatre, and the unveiling of a new public art project by Realise ...

Andrew Van Buren commemorates Philip Astley and the 250th Anniversary of the circus in Westminster

The legacy of Philip Astley and the 250th anniversary of the circus are commemorated by Andrew Van Buren at the Palace of Westminster. On March 6th, Showman and Performer Andrew Van Buren gave his speech in the House of Commons after ...

Town Trail – Invitation to Tender

Artists and designers! Could you create a Philip Astley Town Trail for Newcastle-under-Lyme? Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (the BID), is looking for an artist or graphic designer to work with young people on the development of a Town Trail to support The ...

‘No Fit State Circus’ is Coming to Town!

No Fit State Circus is in town! Described by The Times as: "A huge, restless party vibe" No Fit State Circus comes to the big top in the heart of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Presenting a 21- date circus extravaganza 'LEXICON' from 28th March- 21st April, ...

First Permanent Philip Astley Monument

The UK's first permanent monument to Philip Astley and his legacy of the circus is now in place but bad weather is slowing off the completion of the ground work and delaying the official unveil. The sculptures were designed by ...

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