Events

Freedom City 2017 takes its inspiration from Dr. King and the themes of the speech he made at Newcastle University when accepting his honorary degree.

Artists, musicians and performers from around the world will join with communities across Newcastle and Gateshead to be part of an exciting city-wide arts and cultural programme featuring high-profile outdoor events, thought-provoking theatre productions and inspiring exhibitions.

We’re currently working with amazing cultural venues and the people of Newcastle and Gateshead to put together an inspirational programme that will run throughout 2017.

July



08/07/2017 - 16/12/2017 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
Ocean Rd, South Shields, NE33 2JA

Celebrating 40 years since World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Muhammad Ali,...

September



07/09/2017 - 30/11/2017 | 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Newcastle University Philip Robinson Library
Jesmond Road West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HQ

The story of Dr Martin Luther King’s award of an...

13/09/2017 - 31/12/2018 | All day

This book tells the inside story of Dr King’s visit to Newcastle and puts his spellbinding words into the context of 1960s British and US race relations.

28/09/2017 - 31/12/2017 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

About Rhyme Scene Help blow the case wide open with...

28/09/2017 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Tyneside Irish Centre
43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG

A New World: The French Revolution and the Rights of...

October



02/10/2017 - 30/11/2017 | All day

Drawing on the expertise of academics at Newcastle University, a...

03/10/2017 - 19/11/2017 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ex-Libris Gallery
Fine Art, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University

A multimedia exhibition on the theme of social justice, created...

03/10/2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Newcastle University , Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, working peer, children’s campaigner, author and...

06/10/2017 - 02/11/2017 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Gosforth Civic Theatre
Regent Farm Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3HD

Artist Frank Briffa presents his oil painting ‘O King’, based...

07/10/2017 - 01/12/2017 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

Great North Museum: Hancock presents Freedom! a new work by...

07/10/2017 - 01/12/2017 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

This exhibition depicts elements of race relations and the civil...

17/10/2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tyneside Irish Centre
43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG

We Shall Overcome! America and the Civil Rights Movement in...

19/10/2017 - 31/10/2017 | All day

The 4th national Platforma Festival for the arts by, about...

20/10/2017 - 28/10/2017 | All day

This year Team Juice has been inspired by Freedom City 2017-...

20/10/2017 - 21/01/2018 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

In the impromptu acceptance speech Dr Martin Luther King gave...

24/10/2017 | 7:30 pm

Wylam Brewery
Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, , NE2 4PZ

One of Jamaica’s most distinguished singers, as a member of...

26/10/2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Join us in the Seven Stories Bookshop for this special...

27/10/2017 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Rap, rhythm and rhyme combine in a rare joint performance...

29/10/2017 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A great drama will engulf NewcastleGateshead, inspired by epic struggles...

November



01/11/2017 | 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Northern Stage
Barras Bridge , Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

The Austerity Playbook – a new musical How Poverty was...

03/11/2017 - 05/11/2017 | 4:00 pm

DFDS Princess Seaways
Depart from International Passenger Terminal, North Shields, NE29 6EE

Set sail with DFDS for the North Sea Sounds cruise...

08/11/2017 - 11/11/2017 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Live Theatre
Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DQ

World Premiere A Live Theatre Production Told by Joana Geronimo...

08/11/2017 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Cluny
36, Lime Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Culture is reggae’s preeminent harmony group. Born in the 70′s...

09/11/2017 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Riverside
Neptune House, 1 The Close, Newcastle Quayside, NE1 3RQ

WHQ & Nat Turner Live Events Present : Akala -...

11/11/2017 | All day

Newcastle University
Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Poems in celebration of Martin Luther King. To be published...

11/11/2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Shipley Art Gallery
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB

The Shipley Art Gallery welcomes visitors to an afternoon of...

11/11/2017 | 8:00 pm

Sage Gateshead
Sage 2, Gateshead Quays

The Saze hails from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania...

12/11/2017 | 7:00 pm

Newcastle Theatre Royal
100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BR

A co-production between the Royal British Legion, the Drive Project...

13/11/2017 | All day

Newcastle University
Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Renowned sculptor, Nigel Boonham has been commissioned to create a...

16/11/2017 | 4:30 pm

St Nicholas Cathedral
St Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1PF

In keeping with Dr King’s view that the force of...

18/11/2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

St Nicholas Cathedral
St Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1PF

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Concert - 7.30pm Saturday 18th...

21/11/2017 - 22/11/2017 | All day

Newcastle City Hall
Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8SF

THE WORD is a multi-award-winning hip hop school group with...

23/11/2017 | 6:00 pm

Percy Building
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

In this free author event, hear Alex Wheatle, winner of...

24/11/2017 | All day

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

  As the National Centre for Children’s Books, Seven Stories’...

24/11/2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

About In conversation with writers Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence...

December



01/12/2017 - 11/01/2018 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bamburgh House (Level 2 Gallery)
Bamburgh House, Market Street East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BH

Through this powerful installation, the acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer, artist and...

Past events


06/02/2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Costa Coffee, Blackwell’s Bookshop
141 Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RS

Café Culture welcomes you to café-style thoughtful public discussions on...

18/02/2017 | 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Kings Hall Newcastle University
Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

This conference is designed to create a forum to address...

21/02/2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Newcastle University , Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Newcastle University presents Reverend Jeffrey L Brown, Baptist minister and...

01/03/2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Newcastle University
Daysh Building, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

This event will look at the use of lawyers in...

09/03/2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Newcastle University , Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Newcastle University presents Tyneside Geographical Society “Citizenship and equality” Dame...

20/03/2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Costa Coffee, Blackwell’s Bookshop
141 Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RS

Café Culture welcomes you to café-style thoughtful public discussions on...

22/03/2017 | 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Newcastle Law School
Newcastle University , Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Inspirational Women of the Law 2017 will celebrate the achievements...

26/05/2017 - 29/05/2017 | 5:00 pm - 12:00 pm

The Hub
Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle,, County Durham, DL12 8TD

Harambee Pasadia is a four-day family camping extravaganza in celebration...

17/06/2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Newcastle University , Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Newcastle University presents Professor Tony Badger, Professor of American History,...

01/09/2017 | 7:30 pm

Gosforth Civic Theatre
Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, NE3 3HD

Direct from Dehli, India the Ska Vengers are renowned for...

05/09/2017 | 7:30 pm

Riverside
Neptune House, 1 The Close, Newcastle Quayside, NE1 3RQ

One of the UK’s most potent and electrifying rappers, Lowkey...

14/09/2017 - 16/09/2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Northern Stage
Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH

The Market Theatre, Johannesburg in partnership with Hull Truck Theatre,...