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



Three days... a Queen, a Prince and a ‘King’

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



Martin Luther King in Newcastle - Brian Ward

01/09/2017 - 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.


Tyneside Radicals

01/09/2017 - 30/11/2017 | All day


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


To honour a Great and Good Man

01/09/2017 - 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...


The Suitcase

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,...


¡VAMOS!

22/09/2017 - 30/09/2017 | 9:00 am - 5:30 pm


¡VAMOS!, a festival celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures in...


Rhyme Scene

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...


October



Insights Public Lecture - Fickling Lecture on Developments in Children's Literature

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...


KING

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...


Freedom!

06/10/2017 - 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...


Not as it is written: Black Pittsburgh in voice and image

06/10/2017 - 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...


Tyneside Irish Cultural Society Lecture - We Shall Overcome! America and the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland

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...


Platforma Festival 2017

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


The fourth biennial Platforma Festival, bringing together artists, organisations, policy...


Starless Midnight

19/10/2017 - 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...


Juice Festival

20/10/2017 - 29/10/2017 | All day


Juice Festival will present a multi–artform programme of performances, exhibitions...


Freedom on the Tyne

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


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


November



The Austerity Playbook

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 did the...


From the Sky to your Hands

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...


The Mighty Stream - poems in celebration of Martin Luther King

11/11/2017 | All day

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

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


North East Gospel Choir performance

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...


Unspoken

12/11/2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

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


Public art on campus

13/11/2017 | All day

Newcastle University
Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

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


Multi-faith observance

16/11/2017 | 6:00 pm

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

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


New Tyneside Orchestra, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Concert

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...


Diverse voices? Curating a national history of children’s books

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’...


December



Shahidul Alam: Kalpana’s Warriors

01/12/2017 - 11/01/2018 | All day

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


Café Culture - Rights and Wrongs: England’s problems with human rights

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...


9th annual International Development Conference 2017

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...


Insights Public Lecture - The courage to listen

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...


Law & War

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...


Insights Public Lecture - Tyneside Geographical Society “Citizenship and equality”

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...


Café Culture - Has the Tide Turned?

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...


Inspirational Women of the Law 2017

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...


Harambee Pasadia: Afro Fusion Music, Dance, and Camping Festival

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...


Insights Public Lecture - Dr Martin Luther King - his legacy in 2017

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,...