The world in a weekend: parade in Billingham

Parade of Nations
Parade of Nations

Who is up for a ‘mini’ Parade of Nations through Billingham Town Centre on Saturday 14 August? This is part of The World in a Weekend event being staged in the town from 13-15 August. The event is being organised by the Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance and supported¬†Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

The parade will start at 1pm from Boyes through the West Precinct finishing at the bandstand.

The performers

There will be over 80 performers in total representing Colombia, England, Georgia, India, Ireland, Japan, The Philippines and Scotland. Whilst it is a smaller parade than in previous years, it still promises to be a lovely celebration of culture and heritage..

The performers will be greeted by The Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Kevin Faulks, who will kindly say a few words.

Each group will perform for a couple of minutes to give the crowds a taster of what to expect over the three days.

The Forum Theatre

Then people will be encouraged to go to the Forum Theatre for 2pm to watch the opening family matinee show “The Magic Bed” [Adults / ¬£4 and Children / ¬£2].

All tickets for across the weekend can be bought from The Forum Theatre box office in person or online –

There will be evening shows across Friday, Saturday and Sunday including a special performance of The Two Fridas, dance-theatre production inspired by artists Frida Kahlo (Mexico) and Amrita Sher-Gil (India/Hungary) in collaboration with Balbir Singh Dance Company (Friday night, 13th August).

Billingham can’t wait to welcome you all to “The World in a Weekend”.




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