Cultural Destinations across Stoke-on-Trent are encouraging visitors to venues, events and tourist attractions across the city to share their experiences and photos across social media as part of a major campaign - #MyStokeStory.
My Stoke Story is a large scale public engagement campaign which provides a platform for visitors to shine a spotlight on all the world-class venues, attractions and events within Stoke-on-Trent and share their personal stories of visiting them by tagging #MyStokeStory.
The campaign, which brings together cultural and tourist organisations across the city, is part of the Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Destinations project, a major initiative funded by Arts Council England in association with VisitEngland, and a legacy from Stoke-on-Trent’s 2021 UK City of Culture bid.
My Stoke Story coincides with a year of major anniversaries in Stoke-on-Trent. These include 10 years of the Staffordshire Hoard at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, 10 years of the British Ceramics Biennial, 15 years of Trentham Gardens, 130 years of Burleigh at Middleport and 260 years of Wedgwood.
Additionally, 2019 will see the return of two major festivals to Stoke-on-Trent. Building on the success of previous years, Appetite’s much anticipated annual arts festival, The Big Feast, will deliver two days of astonishing, unexpected and appetising entertainment for all the family on the 23 and 24 August.
The UK’s premiere contemporary ceramics festival, The British Ceramic Biennial, returns for a sixth edition on the 7 September with five weeks of exhibitions, site-specific installations, events and hands on activities, all showcasing and promoting contemporary ceramics across various sites in the city until the 13 October.
Paul Williams, Chair of Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Destinations said: “We are encouraging everyone who visits one of our amazing cultural destinations to share their experiences by tagging their pictures with #MyStokeStory. This is just the start of what we hope will be a fantastic way for us to tell the stories of the people who visit our venues, events and festivals across Stoke-on-Trent.
“Through #MyStokeStory we can build up a picture of what these places mean to the people who visit, changing the way we talk about our experience and perceptions of Stoke-on-Trent as a destination, along with encouraging more people from the region and beyond to discover them for themselves.”
Councillor Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, added: “This is another example of how our Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 bid has continued to leave a strong legacy that we can build upon. We’d encourage as many people as possible to take part in the campaign and again show the world how much our great city has to offer. The perception of Stoke-on-Trent is changing nationally and this only helps to show that we’re on the up.
“There are so many fantastic venues, attractions and events here and we want to do as much as possible to support them. They play a vital part in bringing people into our city and boosting our economy. They also provide fantastic opportunities to bring our communities together and to show off the huge range of talent and creativity in our city”.
Everyone who tags their stories with #MyStokeStory will automatically be entered into a monthly prize draw to win tickets to up-coming events.
The first event took place on Friday 24 May at Trentham Gardens with the launch of Taking Flight in support of The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People. Taking Flight is a beautiful new installation, located in the stunning Trentham Gardens, which features 5000 ceramic butterflies – manufactured individually in the Stoke-on-Trent Potteries – that can be purchased as part of an innovative campaign to raise funds for The Donna Louise Hospice. 100% of the money raised from sales will go directly to the Hospice. Search #MyStokeStory to find images from the day.
Follow the story on Instagram (visit_stoke), Facebook (@visitstoke) and twitter (@visitstoke) or by searching #MyStokeStory. More information can be found at www.mystokestory.co.uk