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.

June



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, Northumbria University to deliver the Convocation Lecture [...]

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September



Rhyme Scene

26/09/2017 - 31/01/2018 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

Can words make change? Is a poem a question or an answer?  What messages do our crack [...]

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October



Shahidul Alam: Kalpana’s Warriors

01/10/2017 - 19/11/2017 | All Day

Athenaeum Building,
27 Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE

Through this powerful installation, the acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer, artist and activist Shahidul Alam explores issues of racism, [...]

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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

An exhibition of oral histories and photographs created in partnership with the Carnegie Museum of Art in [...]

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Exhibition: Martin Luther King's Visit

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 will host an inspiring exhibition documenting Dr Martin Luther King's visit to Newcastle [...]

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Platforma Festival 2017

18/10/2017 - 29/10/2017 | All Day

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The fourth biennial Platforma Festival, bringing together artists, organisations, policy makers, academics and the public to discuss [...]

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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 for his honorary degree from Newcastle University [...]

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Juice Festival

21/10/2017 - 28/10/2017 | All Day

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Juice Festival will present a multi–artform programme of performances, exhibitions and events for children, families and young [...]

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November



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 by Bloodaxe Books and edited by Jackie [...]

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Martin Luther King Statue

13/11/2017 | All Day

Newcastle University,
Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Renowned sculptor, Nigel Boonham has been commissioned to create a stunning bronze statue of Dr Martin Luther King [...]

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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’ mission is to save, share and celebrate Britain’s [...]

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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 culture, politics, philosophy and science. Open to [...]

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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 contemporary issues regarding civil rights and take [...]

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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 President of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around [...]

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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 drone warfare and if we can honour [...]

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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 Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner [...]

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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 culture, politics, philosophy and science. Open to [...]

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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 of iconic and influential women who have [...]

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