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Festival of Thrift – 'scrimping with style' – returns this autumn  

The Festival of Thrift is returning this September. Image: Tracy Kidd

The Festival of Thrift aims to show the fun in reusing, recycling and upcycling. This year’s festival programme, which will be revealed over the coming months, will feature artists from across the globe, demonstrations, stalls and workshops offering thrifty advice, tips and tricks. 

Last year, 40,000 people descended on Lingfield Point in Darlington for the weekend. This year, it will take place there once again this year, on September 26-27. 

After celebrating being shortlisted in the arts and culture category of the Observer Ethical Awards 2015, festival organisers are poised to bring together nationally known scrimpers, leading and emerging artists, musicians, demonstrations, debates, workshops and stalls offering upcycled, recycled and sustainable goods.  

The festival aims to show recycling, upcycling and reuse in a fun light. Image: Tracy Kidd

Festival director Stella Hall said: “We’re developing a fantastic programme for this year’s festival that will be bursting at the seams with famously thrifty entertainment and amazing artists, so much so I’ve included an extra staged area. 

“Last year’s event was a huge success and it has been fantastic to see the festival shortlisted in the Observer Ethical Awards 2015. 

“Thrift is more than a trend – it’s here to stay, it’s a culture and a set of values to live by. Our thrifters are a community and the festival is a great opportunity for them to get together and share what they do, while enjoying great entertainment and a free day out.” 

By Lucy

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