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NewcastleGateshead Chosen to Host Great Exhibition of the North

Posted on 11 October 2016

Sage Gateshead is delighted that Newcastle-Gateshead will host the Great Exhibition of the North, as announced by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley today.

Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will work together to form a creative hub on the southbank of Tyne for the benefit of residents and visitors to the region.

Abigail Pogson, Managing Director at Sage Gateshead, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for NewcastleGateshead to celebrate its heritage and its contemporary culture. We’re really looking forward to working with Baltic to create a southbank programme of activity during the summer of 2018 and welcoming both residents and visitors to the region. This is great news!”

The Exhibition will showcase the great creative, cultural and design sectors in the city and across the whole of the North of England.

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.

Newcastle-Gateshead faced strong competition from a number of other bidding towns and cities, including the three other shortlisted bidders: Blackpool, Bradford and Sheffield.

The Great Exhibition of the North will take place in Summer 2018 and will celebrate the creativity of Northern England, help boost investment and tourism in the region and leave a lasting cultural legacy.

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.”

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.



Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery located in the North East of England. Its local, national and international concert programme runs all year round and incorporates all kinds of music.

It is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, and the Folkworks programme as well as providing a much broader performance programme. Sage Gateshead offers an extensive Join In and Make Music programme that enables everyone of every age or ability to become involved in music. In addition to the work in Sage Gateshead itself, 70% of the work of the programme takes place outside of the venue and in the communities.

Folkworks was one of the founding organisations of Sage Gateshead and develops interest and practical involvement in traditional music, song and dance. Folkworks provides great opportunities to watch and listen to unique performances; and take part in one-day workouts, weekly classes, weekend courses and three week-long Summer Schools, for all ages.

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra, has built a distinctive reputation as a fresh-thinking and versatile orchestra. The orchestra was founded in 1958 by BBC musicologist and producer Michael Hall. The Queen bestowed the title of ‘Royal’ on Northern Sinfonia in 2013, recognising it as one of the UK’s finest orchestras – the first time any UK orchestra has been so honoured for over twenty years.

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