Shrewsbury International Street Theatre Festival

Thousands of people from across the country will soon descend on Shropshire to enjoy the 2012 Shrewsbury International Street Theatre Festival.

The event kicks off on August 31 and entertainment will take place throughout the town until September 2.

Four stages will host acts from around the world including America’s Got Talent finalist Snap Boogie, graffiti artist Neil who will be working on cars supplied by the public, stand-up comedian Byron Bertram and bike boy Sean Bridges who mixes bicycle stunts, juggling tricks and humour to be a favourite for audiences.

Artistic director Bill Ferguson said: “This festival is becoming the premier event of its kind in the UK and every year we aim to unveil a new roster of top artists.

“This year is no different and we have dozens of artists who will travel from far and wide to appear on the stages in the Square and Pride Hill and outside The Wheatsheaf and the Market Hall.

Simon Airey, chairman of the SISFT committee who will be among the crowds as the Animal Man throughout the weekend, said: “The festival is now in its seventh year and we have seen many exceptional performers from the street scene heading to Shrewsbury over the years.

“These performers have the beautiful streets of Shrewsbury as their stage and year on year they are greeted by a wonderful audience.”

This year also sees the launch of the Friends of the Festival Scheme which will enable people to be involved in the team that puts the festival together and enjoy opportunities and experiences on offer in the run up to the event each year.

To register interest in the Friends scheme please see this year’s free programme or get in touch with the festival committee at www.shrewsburystreetfest.co.uk

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