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, Muhammed Ali, visited South Shields, this new exhibition features [...]

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September



Tyneside Radicals

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

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Drawing on the expertise of academics at Newcastle University, a comics anthology will depict the people and [...]

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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 honorary degree from Newcastle University Drawing on [...]

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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, Northern Stage, Derby Theatre, The Dukes Lancaster, [...]

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¡VAMOS!

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

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¡VAMOS!, a festival celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures in Newcastle and Gateshead, presents a new portrait [...]

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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



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 actress, will discuss ‘Facing adversity with a [...]

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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 on a piece of music written as [...]

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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 will host a film installation inspired by Dr King’s visit to Newcastle in [...]

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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 rights struggle in Pittsburgh, USA, by combining [...]

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Platforma Festival 2017

19/10/2017 - 31/10/2017 | 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

20/10/2017 - 29/10/2017 | 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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Shahidul Alam: Kalpana’s Warriors

20/10/2017 - 17/11/2017 | 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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Freedom on the Tyne

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

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A great drama will engulf NewcastleGateshead, inspired by epic struggles from the past and present and far [...]

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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 austerity cuts of 2012 affect Newcastle? What [...]

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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 Written by by Juliana Mensah Directed by [...]

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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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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 stunning bronze statue of Dr Martin Luther King [...]

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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 love is ‘the unifying principle of life’, [...]

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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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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 of the diverse cultures, foods, music, artists, [...]

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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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