Great Exhibition of the North programme launched

The Great Exhibition of the North, the biggest event in England in 2018, has revealed the core of its extensive 3-month programme with NewcastleGateshead coming alive with storytelling charting the arts and design, culture and innovation of the North of England on 22 June–9 September 2018.

Beginning with a huge opening weekend on 22–24 June, including an 80m water fountain sculpture set to three compositions, a new anthem for the North by poet Lemn Sissay and a world premiere of a film taking visitors on a journey through the North, there will also be one-off surprise performances around the festival's three trails through the city: arts, innovation and design.

The three trails are:

Art Trail: Starting at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art you'll take in iconic Northern pieces at venues like the Great North Museum, Theatre Royal and Laing Art Gallery. 

Innovation Trail: From the Great North Museum, you'll visit exhibitions and places dedicated to Northern innovation from the Centre for Life to the Discovery museum where Stephenson's remarkable Rocket rests after coming home from London's Science Museum.

Design Trail: Set off from the Great North Museum and you'll come across some of the finest examples of design in the UK, including at Northumbria University, the Biscuit Factory and the Northern Design Centre. Take part in the Northern Design Quest to realise your amazing ideas.

Among the other big announcements are:

Lauren Laverne's Great Northern Soundtrack – Sunderland's Lauren Laverne picks a week of gigs showcasing the best in music from the North of England including electro-soul purveyors Nightmares on Wax, Independent Venue Week 2018 ambasssador Nadine Shah, ex-Moloko trip-pop musician Roisin Murphy, and the excellent pulsing electronic post-rock of Vessels.

LEGO Timeline of Northern Innovation – Local artist Steve Mayes has crafted the history of Northern innovation out of 50,000 LEGO bricks, with these intricate 3D models depicting everything from Stephenson's Rocket to the Great North Run.

Aeons: a Sound Journey for Newcastle – Experience the Tyne and the city like never before with headphones and an audio journey featuring Opera North, Martin Green of Lau and folk singer Becky Unthank. Each significant sight marks a change in what you hear and feel.

intu's Little Black Graphene Dress – A 'miracle material' discovered by Manchester scientists, graphene is just one atom thick making it a million times thinner than human hair, yet stronger than steel and an incredible electricity conductor. The dress responds to the wearer's breathing with tiny LED lights - the possible future of fashion.

Sagacity: A Periodic Table of Emotions – Aidan Moesby has created an interactive periodic table which responds to visitors' feelings about an event at the Great Exhibition of the North via Twitter – simply tweet about how you feel throughout your time and watch how the illuminated display changes throughout the day.

There is so much more to get to see and do, from intriguing exhibitions like We Are Where We Are and focuses on product design in Tools for Everyday Life, a collision of sonic art and football 105+dB, tkae a gander at our Future Homes and what might be in them, a history of robotics at the Life Science Centre and a daily sound installation tracing the route of former steam engines. Folk music and found sound pieces, tours of creative communities, crafts and performance arts, poetry, literature, young inventors, science experiments – there's an enormous list of explorative activities. 

Prepare yourself to #GetNorth2018 and see the entire programme here.

Openeing event imagery by EYELEVEL courtesy of the Great Exhibition of the North



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