Appetite

Creating an appetite for the arts in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme
The Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express, Appetite, Stoke-on-Trent, 2016
The Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express, Appetite, Stoke-on-Trent, 2016
Photo: Clara Lou
The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent, Appetite 2014
The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent, Appetite 2014
Photo: Clara Lou
Mr Wilson's Second Liners and Poetry Takeaway, Appetite's Taster Tour 2015
Mr Wilson's Second Liners and Poetry Takeaway, Appetite's Taster Tour 2015
Photo: Andrew Billington
The Aperitif by Wet Picnic, part of Appetite's Big Feast 2016
The Aperitif by Wet Picnic, part of Appetite's Big Feast 2016
Photo: Clara Lou
The Spurting Man by Avanti Display performs at Appetite Big Feast 17
The Spurting Man by Avanti Display performs at Appetite Big Feast 17
Photo: Clara Lou
Alice in Wonderland by Royal Opera House performed at Appetite Big Feast 2017
Alice in Wonderland by Royal Opera House performed at Appetite Big Feast 2017
Photo: Clara Lou
Riens n'est Moins Sur by La Collectif de Bascule at Big Feast 2015
Riens n'est Moins Sur by La Collectif de Bascule at Big Feast 2015
Photo: Andrew Billington

Where:  Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme
With: New Vic Theatre, Partners in Creative Learning, 6 Towns Radio, Staffordshire University, Newcastle Business Improvement District, Go Kidsgrove and Keele University.

"For me, The Big Feast is one of the highlights of the year. Having access to bite-sized samples provides an opportunity to experience new things without having make too much of a commitment of time and/or money and I am frequently surprised at which events turn out
to be the most enjoyable.” Audience member, Big Feast 17

"The events Appetite bring to Stoke-on-Trent are helping to really change people's attitudes to culture, and what you have done and continue to do is one of the major reasons we’re able to even consider bidding for City of Culture 2021.” Cllr Abi Brown, Deputy Leader, Stoke City Council

Now in its third phase for Stoke-on-Trent, Appetite is an award-winning Creative People and Places programme led by New Vic Theatre, that produces events, performances and activities designed to get people involved in – and inspired by – the arts. From taster menus and large-scale outdoor events to street festivals and light nights, since 2013 it’s put the public at the heart of everything it does, asking them what they’d like to see and do as well as offering plenty of ways to participate.  

At Appetite, there’s no limit to the types of ways people can enjoy the arts or the places where art can happen. From the park to the pub and everywhere in between, the project has been organising events and activities to benefit as many people as possible. Appetite brings national and international art to the city to people who may not normally get a chance to see this type of work. Most importantly, it has enabled people in the community to develop cultural projects for themselves. In Phase 1 the Community Hubs initiative supported community organisations through Appetite Builders to co-produce and deliver events with Appetite in their own communities. Since Phase 2 Appetite has co-produced its strategic events such as growing outdoor festival The Big Feast in collaboration with local people through The Supper Club, a group of residents who meet monthly over supper to develop the programme. Digital platform Artsbank also supports community groups to develop their own cultural projects.

To date Appetite has worked with more than 50 partners including the local council, resident associations, hospitals, Business Improvement Districts as well as various galleries, art centres and cultural networks to collaboratively develop cultural projects. Events delivered by Appetite have reached more than 460,000 audience members and nearly 50,000 participants.

From November 2019 Appetite will expand its programme in Stoke-on-Trent to include the neighbouring borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Find out what audiences thought about Appetite's 2018 Big Feast Festival in this film: