After facing strong competition from Blackpool, Bradford and Sheffield, Newcastle-Gateshead will host the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said:
"The Great Exhibition of the North is fantastic news for Newcastle-Gateshead. It will showcase the dynamic arts, cultural and design scenes in the city and across the whole of the North. It’s so important that, regardless of where you’re from in the country, everyone is able to enjoy and access great culture. This cultural investment will bring enormous benefits to the region, including regeneration, increased tourism and cultural engagement. Congratulations to Newcastle-Gateshead on their successful bid – I’m excited to see what summer 2018 will bring."
The Government is contributing £5 million towards the exhibition itself and a further £15 million into a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the Northern Powerhouse.
Plans for the event include:
- three walking circuits around Tyneside focusing on arts, design and innovation
- a major exhibition hub at Great North Museum: Hancock
- an innovative programme of new artistic and creative commissions
- an entertaining and informative summer camp at Exhibition Park for families and an extensive learning programme.
Any cultural organisations contributing events to the Great Exhibition of the North for summer 2018 should add them to the Culture Diary, use the drop down menu to choose 'Great Exhibition of the North 2018', and we can share all the activity happening as part of the exhibition under one umbrella.
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