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Great Exhibition of the North

The Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences.

This once in a lifetime, must-see event is free and family friendly. Opening with the spectacular ‘Get North’ weekend on the 22nd June, it finishes in style with the world-famous Great North Run and the powerful ‘Creating the Future’ closing weekend.

Explore the stunning cityscape of NewcastleGateshead and discover the dynamic story of the North of England – how its innovators, artists and designers shaped our present and are inspiring our future

Visitors can begin their journey at any of the three iconic hubs – BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead or Great North Museum: Hancock, connected by the ‘Seeing in Wonder’ art route, ‘Thinking in Style’ design route and ‘Dreaming in WOW’ innovation route. NewcastleGateshead’s world-class venues and unique outdoor spaces will showcase exciting ideas from across the North.

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See what's happening at Sage Gateshead as part of Great Exhibition of the North

Lauren Laverne's Great Northern Soundtrack

22 June - 1 July: A week of gigs, showcasing the best music the North has to offer curated by Lau...

Mark Fell Protomusic #1

22 June - 9 September: Mark Fell activates Sage Gateshead’s interior spaces with sonic structures, based on real world so...

Mr Drayton's Potted History of Northern Pop!

Vinylophile – and know-it-all – Mr Drayton celebrates the music from the original Northern P...


22 June - 9 September: A brand new animated, musical adventure by Ed Carter and Katie Simmons, featuring animation by Novak and...

The Marriage of Figaro; Royal Northern Sinfonia and Nevill Holt Opera

4 & 6 July: A brand new fully-staged production of Mozart’s most popular opera.

Folk on the Tyne

28 July: Folk on the Tyne brings together the best of folk across the North for a day of gigs, ceilidhs and workshops.

Well Tuned

8 July: A celebration of the positive effect of music and wellbeing in later life.

RNS Sampler

7 July: New to classical music or interested in branching out? Spend a free day with Royal Northern Sinfonia sampling key class...

Summer Studio

6 - 26 August: This summer Sage Gateshead opens up its studio spaces for free short residencies for musicians, singers or artis...

Young People's Programme

Great Exhibition of the North will feature a range of performances and activities especially for young people. Find out more a...