SALTo Arts Productions

Bringing communities together in celebration, making meaningful things happen and building traditions.

Making partnerships with local groups and individuals helping realise their ambitions for their neighbourhood.

Using modest budgets as the seed to raise private sponsorship and grant funding.

Adding value to existing programmes of development work.

We believe that community activity and celebration knit together allowing new stories to be told about a neighbourhood or a city.

Personal anecdotes become the stories that define new traditions, gradually changing perceptions.

When local people take part in making things happen the community starts to take ownership and works with local authorities and organisations as a partner rather than a passive consumer

Whitley Bay Carnival

Our team have been working with the residents and business community in Whitley Bay in partnership with Whitley Bay Big Local and New Prospects Association to create the Whitley Bay Carnival since 2014.

Since it’s revival,  Whitley Bay Carnival has grown from a half day parade and exhibition involving 200 promenaders and an audience of around 2,000 to a two day festival actively engaging over 2,000 participants and attracting audiences of around 17,000 from far beyond the town. The Carnival has contributed to local pride and played a key role in changing the narrative of this seaside town from one of neglect and negativity to pride and optimism.

Find out about this years Carnival

Pageantry, Mardi Gras and Carnival

North Tyneside Council first commissioned us to produce the children’s Pageant for the Mouth of the Tyne Festival in 2017 and in summer 2018 we began working with Newcastle City Council and Vamos to develop the celebratory community offer in the city.

Bedlington Street Fair

On August Bank Holiday Saturday 2018 SALTo Arts staged the Bedlington Live Street fair with a brief from West Bedlington Town Council to produce an affordable event with something for everyone. Along with live music, street theatre and circus we ran activities from drumming and carnival crafts to cookery and circus skills with Chef Sam Storey making 20 kilos of strawberry jam in the Bedlington Jam Factory with the aid of around 100 local youngsters. Local businesses reported busy trade on the day and stall holders Sea Drift Design had their best trading day of the summer. Plans for 2019 are in hand.

Latest News

Whitley Bay Carnival 2021

Whitley Bay Carnival 2021

Parade begins Saturday 18th September at 4pm. Carnival 2021 is all about the environment as we focus on what we have to lose and what we want to protect in the sea, the air and the land itself. Flags of hope will be flying along the coastline and the costumed...

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Thanks everyone…

Thanks everyone…

Just want to thank all the artists and musicians who have held the dates and stayed with us while we were busy fundraising- contracts will be with you very soon. Thanks too to all the businesses who pledged support and apologies in advance for chasing the cash now. If...

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Another week rushed by ...Carnival clubs got going again this week and we heard Arts Council awarded us a grant ! Tickets went on sale for the carnival opening party with Bombskare Sista Soul and the carnival cantina band AND for the carnival ball with The...

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