AN Abba musical and a rerun of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup victory will be among the highlights of celebrations for the city’s 21st birthday this summer.
The Sunderland Festival will run from Friday to Sunday, June 14 to 16, at Herrington Country Park.
The fun will kick off on the Friday night with an open-air screening of Abba movie Mamma Mia.
The emphasis will be on sport on the Saturday, with demonstrations and the opportunity to try a range of activities, including cycling, dancing, American football, boxing and more.
At 3pm the big screen will be showing the 1973 FA Cup Final between Sunderland and Leeds, followed by live bands playing 70s music to round off the day.
On Sunday the focus is on arts and crafts, with opportunities for families to get involved in something creative, a giant picnic rug for visitors to enjoy a rest or a picnic, as well as giant outdoor games such as Jenga and chess.
A food village and fun fair will be in operation throughout the weekend.
Chris Alexander, chief operating Officer for Sunderland Live said: “This year the focus of the festival is to celebrate what is essentially Sunderland’s 21st birthday, although not everything that’s happening will have taken place in the last 21 years.
“We feel including everything from sports and family activities to crafts and live music is the best way of representing some of the many things that Sunderland can be proud of, and creating a real party atmosphere.”
City council cabinet member for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly, said: “There’ll be lots of displays and demonstrations, and plenty for people to try themselves. “We hope to have as many people as possible at the event, celebrating together and taking pride in the coming of age for their city”.
Sunderland’s coming of age will be celebrated on the Sunday in particular, with displays commemorating the city’s last 21 years, and a competition for the best-decorated anniversary cake.
Hospitality packages will be available for the Mama Mia screening, more details of which will be announced. For further information, visit www.sunderlandlive.co.uk.