Performers standing in Stirling city centre.
Feature image credit: Jim Mailer

Stirling to host Open Streets Festival

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The streets of Stirling will open up for the public as the Open Streets Festival is taking place on Saturday, October 22 for the first time.

The Festival offers a new way to explore the streets of the city with a pedestrian-focused, environmentally friendly approach.

Besides enjoying music and art performances as well as family activities, visitors can rediscover local shops, cafés and attractions – but now with reduced traffic and lower environmental impact.

Organised by Stirling Council and Go Forth Stirling, the event marks the 20th anniversary of Stirling becoming a city and is intended to be the first in a series of festivals over the coming years.

The programme got postponed earlier this September following the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

Speaking on behalf of Go Forth Stirling, project director Danielle McRorie-Smith said the festival offered a great opportunity for local businesses to showcase what they have to offer and to “attract new customers by engaging with the wide variety of events on offer.”

Visitors will have the chance to try out fitness demonstrations, cultural activities and face painting, and there will be poetry reading, street performances and a farmer’s market as well. Activities will be running from 10am until 4pm.

A number of streets in the city centre will be closed during the event to allow residents to enjoy the activities in an increased space. The festival can be accessed by walking, cycling and public transport too.

Featured Image Credit: Jim Mailer

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