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Folkworks: Pass It On - The Tradition in Your Hands awarded Heritage Lottery Fund support

Posted on 11 August 2016

Today, Sage Gateshead announces that it has been awarded £65,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver Pass It On – The Tradition in Your Hands, a Folkworks project which will explore regional archives and collections, bringing them to life through performance, learning, festivals, talks and exhibitions for participants and audiences across the North East.

The project will enable people of all ages from across the region to discover the cultural heritage of the North East contained within its traditional music, song, dance and story. Participants, including school children from six local schools, will have the opportunity to explore collections containing songs such as Cushy Butterfield, The Blaydon Races and Bobby Shaftoe. These songs, which have been passed down from generation to generation and contain first-hand evidence of the past life of the region, will be brought to life through the expertise of Sage Gateshead’s project musicians, invited heritage specialists and professional performers.

Tamsin Austin, Head of Popular & Contemporary Music, said: “We are delighted to have received this grant from Heritage Lottery Fund which will allow us to embed heritage activities across our folk programmes. There is a wealth of archive material in the North East which we are excited to bring to new audiences and participants. Traditional music, song, dance and storytelling are all perfect ways to bring our cultural heritage alive and this grant will allow us to explore the heritage behind the music of the North East.”

Ivor Crowther, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “Shining a spotlight on a significant collection of artefacts and stories, this project will bring the heritage of music, song and dance in the North East to life. Thanks to National Lottery players, these skills and traditions can continue to be passed on and enjoyed by new audiences and future generations.”

Pass It On – The Tradition in Your Hands will begin in September 2016 and culminate at the Folkworks Summer School in August 2017 with activities taking place at Sage Gateshead and in six local schools throughout the year.

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