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Get North! Great Exhibition of the North
22nd June 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
BSL Interpreted Event
BSL Interpreters – Susan Merrick and Liz Wharton
At 1pm on 22 June, Great Exhibition of the North’s full programme – including trails and venues across NewcastleGateshead – will officially open and the day will culminate in a spectacular evening event, which will see the Quayside burst into life.
Throughout the evening, gathering crowds will be immersed in a world of bands, choirs, dance, animation and street performances. There will be a performance from Mercury prize nominated northern rock band Maximo Park and an appearance by renowned poet, Lemn Sissay introducing his newly created anthem for the North.
In addition, visitors will witness the UK’s largest water sculpture, measuring 80m in length. After dark, the water sculpture will turn on in sync with a stunning light display and specially commissioned musical collaborations by Maximo Park and Kate Rusby with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Darkstar.
Both the afternoon launch and the evening performances are free of charge. To manage demand, the evening event is ticketed, with tickets available from 10am on Friday 18 May for Newcastle and Gateshead residents and general release from Tuesday 22 May.
There will be a series of one-off performances and surprises to enjoy over the opening weekend including a show about Northern women from stand-up poet Kate Fox; a musical performance of life in the North with Trailblazing, a trio of choirs; MESH – by Vanessa Grasse, a group of 10 professional dancers performing through the streets; and 105+db, a large-scale sonic artwork spilling onto the streets which will capture the North’s passion for football.
The approximate timings for the Great Exhibition of the North evening event are:
19:00 onwards: Street entertainment commences
20:00: Gates open on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside for the ticketed event
21:30: Last entry into the site for all ticket holders
22:00: Main event
23:00: Event draws to a close