Towns and cities across the North of England can get involved in the biggest event in England this year by putting forward events, experiences and performances inspired by Great Exhibition of the North, which takes place from 22 June – 09 September in NewcastleGateshead.
Celebrating great art and culture, design, and innovation from across the North, the Great Exhibition of the North will see 80-days of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences.
Events that meet the criteria will be officially recognised as part of the new ‘Inspired by’ programme. Submissions are welcome from events and performances across the North that are open to the public or the business community and celebrate great art and culture, design, and
Carol Bell, Executive Director of Great Exhibition of the North, said: “The Great Exhibition of the North may be taking place in NewcastleGateshead but we want the whole of Northern England to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
“Our ‘Inspired by’ programme has been launched to give people the chance to get involved by hosting their own events and experiences that showcase the North’s strengths in art, culture, design or innovation.
“Great Exhibition of the North will demonstrate how the North of England is shaping our present and inspiring our future. Our ‘Inspired by’ programme is for anyone in the North of England that wants to share in the excitement of Great Exhibition of the North and encourage more
people to visit this special part of England.”
Events submitted to be part of the ‘Inspired by’ programme must take place in the North of England between 22 June and 9 September 2018.
Early submissions to the ‘Inspired by’ programme include the city of Bradford and its summer festivals and events programme. The Bradford Literature Festival, The Bradford Science Festival and Emily Brontë‘s Bicentenary will all proudly wear the Great Exhibition of the North
‘Inspired by’ mark, as will a Big Party weekend to mark the end of the Exhibition and the start of a year of creative activity in the city.
Bradford Council Leader, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, said: “Bradford is keen to be part of the Great Exhibition of the North. We are proud of what our innovative city and its surrounds have given to the world so far, and see it as a great opportunity to showcase our creative spirit and the
great potential our young and diverse city offers for the future.”
In Lancashire, new visitor trails exploring the three themes of Great Exhibition of the North – art and culture, design and innovation – will also be part of the ‘Inspired by’ programme. The trails will feature museums and heritage sites and well as exhibitions and events.
The Stephenson Railway Museum in Tyne and Wear will capitalise on the return of The Rocket during Great Exhibition with an ‘Inspired by’ exhibition of another Stephenson locomotive, Billy - the third oldest locomotive in existence. Also part of the exhibition will be a section of the
recently rediscovered Willington Waggonway, the best preserved and most complete early wooden railway found anywhere in the world.
People interested in being part of the Great Exhibition of the North’s ‘Inspired by’ programme can submit details of their event at www.getnorth2018.com/inspiredby
Successful applicants will be able to download a toolkit complete with images and branding to badge their event as part of the ‘Inspired by’ programme. For more information, visit www.getnorth2018.com/inspiredby
Great Exhibition of the North takes place from Friday 22 June to Sunday 9 September 2018. Three walking trails across NewcastleGateshead focussing on arts and culture, design and innovation will showcase exciting ideas from across Northern England.
The free, family-friendly exhibition will feature a stunning opening event that will see the unveiling of an 80m long water fountain in the River Tyne reaching the height of the Tyne Bridge. The dramatic display has been specially commissioned for the Great Exhibition of the North and
showcases the collaboration between industry and art that runs through the entire programme. Inspired by The Angel of the North, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018, three newly commissioned music compositions will provide a soundtrack to the water fountain and each
one will be premiered on the evening of 22 June.
An arrival film – a key piece of programming for anyone visiting the exhibition – will have its world premiere as part of the ‘Get North’ opening event where it will be projected at large scale at the Quayside.
Renowned writer, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay will also unveil a specially commissioned anthem for the North.
Great Exhibition of the North will also feature a display of iconic Northern objects including John Lennon’s Record Plant piano and the spacesuit worn by the first Briton in space, Sheffield-born Helen Sharman.
Stephenson’s iconic Rocket will return to its birthplace in Newcastle upon Tyne and 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid will present an exhibition of new work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
The Exhibition will also highlight the North’s strengths in key sectors, including digital, health innovation and energy, as well as profiling great Northern innovations such as Graphene, which was discovered by scientists working at the University of Manchester in 2004.
The full 80-day Great Exhibition of the North programme will be unveiled at the end of February.
The Great Exhibition of the North is expected to engage an audience of three million people and bring a £184 million boost to the North East, showing how cultural investment can benefit and inspire entire communities.
For more information visit www.getnorth2018.com
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Gateshead Council, Leader Martin Gannon said: “This really is about celebrating everything that is great about the North, the fabulous art, culture, design and innovation. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come together and be a part of once-in-a-lifetime event that will showcase just how great the North of England is on a global stage.”
Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for Culture and Communities, Cllr Kim McGuinness, said: “The Great Exhibition of the North is going to be the biggest event in England this year. Newcastle and Gateshead are incredibly proud that we will be on the international stage showing everything that's great about the North. To do this we want to see other great Northern towns and cities featured, promoted and getting involved. One of the major objectives of the Exhibition is to inspire people. We're excited that the 'Inspired by' programme will bring together some fantastic events and experiences in art and culture, innovation and design from across the wider North to be included in the programme alongside all that is going on in Newcastle and Gateshead. Our residents in Newcastle and Gateshead will have front row seats and will welcome national and international visitors this summer. We hope 'Inspired by' will encourage them to tour the North and see some of the featured events, whilst also taking in the incredible diversity of landscape, towns and cities.”
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