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Busy Bank Holiday in NewcastleGateshead

6th April 2010

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BUSY BANK HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES IN NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

The long summer days have officially started and as May madness gets underway with two bank
holidays in a matter of weeks why not head to the compact destination of NewcastleGateshead and
experience some of the ground‐breaking festivals and events that have made the city one of the
country’s most vibrant.

Kick off with a trip to Belsay Hall in Northumberland just minutes from the centre of
NewcastleGateshead, where the miniscule is made massive in the Alice in Wonderland inspired
Extraordinary Measures (1 May – 26 Sep). The exhibition explores size and scale as miniature worlds come to life, perfect for big and little kids alike.

Experience NewcastleGateshead’s cultural venues as you’ve never seen them before in The Late
Shows (14 & 15 May). It may be after‐hours but the doors remain open as a series of outdoor
projections, live music, printmaking, underground tours and brand new exhibitions take place across
the city.

Nearby, the beautiful city of Durham hosts an exciting contemporary revival of a traditional mystery
play cycle, exclusively devised for Durham by some of the best creative practitioners working in the
UK today including award‐winning authors David Almond (Skellig) and BBC 3’s Ian McMillan.
Durham Mysteries (27‐29 May) is poised to be one of the theatrical events of the decade. 

Glastonbury may not be until June but music fans can enjoy the festival experience a little earlier as
the annual Evolution Weekender lands on three sites across NewcastleGateshead’s quayside on the
month’s second bank holiday weekend (30 & 31 May). Headline acts include Paolo Nutini, Enter
Shikari, Calvin Harris and The Horrors. There’s also music from De La Soul and Scratch Perverts.

01 May – 26 September
EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES
Belsay Hall, Northumberland
Extraordinary Measures will explore concepts of scale and feature a range of internationally
acclaimed artists, including Tessa Farmer who will be bringing her darkly malevolent, tiny fairies –
microscopic figures created from roots, fly’s wings and clumps of earth ‐ to Belsay. Farmer will be
creating a sculptural battle scene with her fairies and a number of stuffed, mutant grey squirrels
and other local animals in the Quarry Garden at Belsay.
As well as Farmer’s fairies, the Extraordinary Measures exhibition will host a number of UK artwork
premiers and feature work from Ron Mueck, Slinkachu, Mat Collishaw, Mariele Neudecker and
Freddie Robins.
www.extraordinarymeasures.co.uk

14 ‐ 15 May
THE LATE SHOWS
Various locations across NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD
The North East’s legendary free culture crawl is returning on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 May with an even bigger selection of spectacular after‐hours culture.
Accept an after‐dark invitation to more than 25 cultural venues, usually closed in the evening, as
they tempt you in for a not‐to‐be‐missed weekend in celebration of the international event
‘Museums at Night’. On Friday 14 May nocturnal culture‐lovers can warm up their Late Shows weekend with a special evening of events exclusively in the Ouseburn Valley. And as dusk falls on Saturday 15 May all The Late Shows venues will be getting ready for a cultural explosion of interactive events, unique performances, and one‐off activities. With outdoor projections, live music, printmaking, underground tours and brand new exhibitions in the line up, The Late Shows cater for all tastes! A free bus service will be linking the venues or you can jump on the Quaylink buses and ride all night for just a £1. So grab a free glowstick, plan your route and join us well into the night to visit as many venues as possible over The Late Shows 2010 weekend.
www.thelateshows.org.uk

22 May – 31 October
DOCTOR WHO EXHIBITION
Life Science centre, Newcastle
The hugely successful BBC drama has just opened the latest series with a new Doctor, new
companion and even a newly designed Tardis, and fans young and old are in for a treat at the Life
Science Centre where a brand new Doctor Who exhibition is opening its doors. Come face to face
with monsters, spectacular props and costumes from the hit show. This fantastic opportunity gives
visitors the chance to see genuine items and monsters from the show including the Ood, Cybermen
and Daleks. Tickets must be booked in advance.
www.life.org.uk

27 – 29 May
DURHAM MYSTERIES

Various locations across DURHAM
Ten stories, two thousand years in the making Durham Mysteries will see a major contemporary revival of a traditional mystery play cycle, specially written for Durham by 10 creative practitioners from across the UK including David Almond (Skellig) and Ian McMillan (BBC Radio 3).
Being performed over three evenings from May 27‐29, 2010, the event will see a startling
reinvention of traditional bible stories including Noah and the Flood, Cain & Abel, The Nativity and
the Fall of Lucifer. On each of the three evenings there will be the opportunity to see the whole cycle of 10 Mystery Plays in one incredible evening of drama and spectacle. The plays will take place at three venues, including the iconic Durham Cathedral and Durham Gala Theatre, with the final eight being performed outdoors on The Sands. Still performed in UK cities such as York and Chester, Mystery Plays are one of the earliest forms of live theatre. In medieval England the plays would have been performed by members of local guilds, and the mystery plays have always been part of a community drama tradition. Carrying on this tradition, Durham’s 2010 cycle, will see plays being performed by a mixture of professional and amateur actors, dancers and singers from across the North East, using digital media, urban arts, modern music and dance, as well as conventional theatre to retell some of the most famous stories ever told.
www.durhammysteries.co.uk

30 – 31 May
EVOLUTION FESTIVAL
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD Quaysides
The North East’s biggest music festival sees some of the world’s leading music acts perform on the
iconic quaysides of NewcastleGateshead. Artists at this year’s event include; Paolo Nutini, Calvin
Harris, De La Soul and winner of the BRITS Critics Choice award, Ellie Goulding.
Evolution Festival 2010 introduces a new stage, Ballast Hills, which sees performances from King
Creosote, The Unthanks and Scottish singer‐songwriter Donovan.
www.evolutionfestival.co.uk

Media Enquiries
David Brookbanks, Media and PR Manager – Destination and Events
NewcastleGateshead Initiative
david.brookbanks@ngi.org.uk 0191 440 5740

Notes to Editors
− The tourism economy in NewcastleGateshead was valued at £1.2billion in 2007, a 4% growth
since 2006. In 2007 NewcastleGateshead attracted 19.5 million visitors from the UK and
overseas, a 3% increase on 2006. Tourism in NewcastleGateshead supports 17,700 direct
jobs, and indirectly supports a further 4,900
− Press releases and copyright-free hi-res images on NewcastleGateshead are available from
our website www.newcastlegateshead.com

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