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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 ...

Philip Astley Project Wins Tourism Award

The Philip Astley Project Wins Tourism Award. The Philip Astley Project has just won the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Award for Best Newcomer. The inscribed lead crystal cut glass award was collected by Philip Astley Project working committee members Trudi Barnard and Delyth ...

World Juggling Tour 2018 comes to Newcastle-under-Lyme!

World Juggling Tour 2018 comes to Newcastle-under-Lyme as part of the worldwide celebration of World Circus Day 2018! 25 professional circus schools were invited from all over the world to take part in the World Juggling Tour 2018, during the New ...

‘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 ...

Circus themed Easter activities held at Brampton Museum

A selection of circus themed Easter activities are being held at Brampton Museum to continue the ongoing celebration of circus pioneer- Philip Astley, from Newcastle-under-Lyme. Children and families are invited to make their own circus themed posters to be exhibited in the ...

Andrew Van Buren represents The Philip Astley project in Monte Carlo

Andrew Van Buren has recently represented The Philip Astley Project in Monte Carlo at the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo. The international illusionist & showman was invited to be involved in the unveiling of the permanent Monte Carlo tribute to ...

Newcastle-under-Lyme named one of six Cities of Circus for 2018

Newcastle-under-Lyme will be a hub for circus celebrations in 2018 after being named as one of the six Cities of Circus by Circus250. The Philip Astley Project and The New Vic Theatre will lead events throughout the year designed to ...

Newcastle honouring Father of Modern Circus

Newcastle honouring Father of Modern Circus Philip Astley. Philip Astley was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1742, and started by performing equestrian shows. He then realised it was best performed in a circular ring of a 42ft diameter and by combining other ...

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