BID brings Big Splash events into the city centre


NEWPORT Now BID is funding part of this weekend's Big Splash Festival - ensuring that performances and parades take place in key areas of the city centre.

The Big Splash, organised by the city's leisure trust Newport Live, will see the city centre filled with pop-up street theatre and live music for all the family on Saturday and Sunday.

Thanks to sponsorship from Newport Now, this year’s festival has been able to introduce three new performance areas on Commercial Street, on the corner of Llanarth Street, the corner of Austin Friars and at the top of Skinner Street.

The Newport Now Zone will offer a number of performers including Newport’s own Mr & Mrs Clark and Tin Shed Theatre.

Gareth Clark, from Mr & Mrs Clark, said: “We live and work in Newport and love any opportunity to connect with people. Electioneering, our show for the Big Splash, is a satirical look at how politicians conduct themselves in public and we are very happy to be doing this as part of the festival.”

Kevin Ward, Newport Now BID manager, said: “Part of the BID’s role is to ensure as many BID members in the city centre benefit from major events. Our partnership with Newport Live for the Big Splash means that there will be performances in the traditional retail areas of the city centre.

“We are delighted to be one of the sponsors this year and we are looking forward to a fantastic weekend.”

More than 20 top-class performing companies from across the UK and beyond will be bringing more than 50 free street theatre shows to the city centre, from circus, slapstick, dance, and fantastic walkabouts.

Apart from Mr & Mrs Clark and Tin Shed Theatre, performers include Cirque du Kaka, Puppets with Guts and Kapow Dance will be performing at six main Big Splash zones of entertainment in five locations: The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Friars Walk, Kingsway Shopping Centre, Newport Now Zone, and the river walkway between the university and The Wave.

Gillian Mitchell, Head of Theatre Arts & Culture for Newport Live, said; “The Big Splash Festival has been helping to attract new visitors to Newport City Centre for many years and we are delighted to include Newport Now as a new partner in 2017. Each year the festival entertains thousands of people for free, bringing lots of weird, wonderful and high-quality performances to catch you when you least expect it!”

Thanks to funding from Newport Live, Newport City Council and the Arts Council of Wales and sponsorship from Friars Walk, Kingsway Centre, Newport Now and Western Power Distribution, the family street theatre festival, Big Splash will once again entertain thousands of people and take over Newport city centre from Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 July 2017.

To find out more about The Big Splash, including schedules for the day and details of the workshops and companies at the festival, visit You can also follow the festival on Twitter @BigSplashFest and like the Facebook page at