Great Exhibition Of The North Programme Announced

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This summer, NewcastleGateshead will play host to the Great Exhibition of the North. Running from the 22nd June till 9th September, the exhibition will showcase and celebrate the region’s culture. They’ve now released the full programme of events…

We were getting excited about the Great Exhibition of the North back at the beginning of the year when we looked forward to some fantastic events happening throughout the region this year – read it here. 

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Event Highlights

The full 80 day programme is jam packed with art, culture, music, design and more. Here are some of the highlights…

  • A week of gigs curated by Sunderland-born Lauren Laverne will take place from June 22nd till July 1st at Sage Gateshead. 
  • Ingenious ideas from Little Inventors will be celebrated during the course of the whole exhibition at the Discovery Museum.
  • Robots – Then and Now will be exhibiting at the Centre for Life during the course of the whole exhibition. 
  • Róisín Murphy will perform at Sage Gateshead on 29th June.
  • To the Moon and Back exhibition will amaze guests with art, artefacts and objects that shed light on the frontiers explored by the North’s pioneering spirits. The exhibit will run the course of the whole exhibition at Great North Museum. 
  • Well Tuned; a celebration of the positive effect of music in later life, featuring a large-scale singalong, mass percussion workshops and free performances will take place on July 8th at Sage Gateshead. 

That’s just a few of the highlights from the full 80-day programme promising to celebrate the North and showcase both Newcastle and Gateshead. There’s also some fun culture trails designed to take in the art, design and innovation of the North…

Three Culture Trails

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Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to discover more of the city by taking one of the three culture trails starting at one of three well-known venues; the Great North Museum, Baltic and Sage Gateshead. 

The Arts Trail is ideal for art lovers beginning your journey at the Baltic. The gallery  will be jam-packed with the very best in Northern visual art. The trail then crosses the iconic Millenium Bridge and continues on to take in the cultural hotspots of the Theatre Royal and Laing Art Gallery. World-famous pieces of Northern art will be on display at the Great North Museum including George Stubbs’ painting of the Yorkshire racehorse, Whistlejacket.

The Design Trail starts at the Great North Museum and takes in the very best in Northern design. You’ll visit the design campus at Northumbria University, Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, and the Biscuit Factory. You can also cross the Tyne and visit the Northern Design Centre; home to a new generation of entrepreneurs exporting design digital gaming content around the world.

The Innovation Trail has the Great North Museum as its starting point with the Which Way North exhibition. The trail then moves to Newcastle University to celebrate the medical breakthroughs discovered there then onto the Centre for Life and Science Central. You can also marvel at Rocket, the historic steam engine that heralded the birth of passenger railways, at The Discovery Museum. 

Check Out The Full Programme Of Events Here

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Be sure to also check out our ‘What’s On Up North’ section of the site to see all the latest events happening throughout the region.

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