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Thousands unite as Tyne Bridge hosts epic civil rights performance


The Tyne Bridge was the setting for a spectacular performance at the weekend (29 October) celebrating the courage and sacrifice of those that have led the long march for civil rights. Official figures released by event organisers show that 5,000 people gathered for the finale on the Tyne bridge with up to 3,000 more watching the four different stories unfold in the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead. Held on Sunday 29 October as part of a commemoration of the 50th…

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KALPANA’S WARRIORS: Shahidul Alam


NEPN and Breeze Creatives present Kalpana’s Warriors, a photographic exhibition by leading international photographer Shahidul Alam as part of Freedom City 2017. Kalpana Chakma was a vocal and charismatic leader who campaigned for the rights of indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area of Bangladesh. She was abducted from her home at gunpoint over 20 years ago by a military officer and two members of the Village Defence Party and has never been seen again. Through this powerful installation,…

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Tyneside Cinema marks 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s visit to Newcastle


Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty & War Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 November 2017 This November, Tyneside Cinema present Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty & War, a special programme of visual art, film and events as part of Freedom City, the city-wide programme across Newcastle and Gateshead marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University. Each day, the programme is dedicated to one of the three evils facing society that Dr…

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Satirical play of the Calais Jungle comes to Gosforth to Raise Funds for Refugees


On Saturday 28 October Borderline, a comedy about the humanitarian crisis in Calais with a cast that includes refugee performers, comes to Gosforth Civic Theatre where your ticket price is a donation to local refugee charities. Borderline has won critical acclaim for depicting the human adventure of bringing diverse communities together in such a unique and funny way, and its hoped that it will help improve public perception of integration issues and refugees when the debate can often be dominated…

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‘FREEDOM’ the rallying call as politically-charged exhibitions open at the Great North Museum: Hancock


FREEDOM Until Friday 1 December, free entry A contemporary film installation across four screens, inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s 1967 speech at Newcastle University. Not as it is written: Black Pittsburgh in voice and image Until Friday 1 December, free entry An exhibition of photos from the world-class Teenie Harris Archive, accompanied by spoken recollections of Civil Rights era Pittsburgh Two politically-charged exhibitions inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s 1967 speech at Newcastle University have opened at…

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Juice Festival is almost here


From 20 October, Juice Festival will be taking over cultural venues, libraries and public spaces across NewcastleGateshead with an action-packed nine days of theatre, music, arts, circus, film, dance and everything in between. The award winning and inclusive multi-arts festival, developed by and for young people under 25, takes place during the October half term (Friday 20 October – Saturday 28 October) and offers something for everyone. Produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the annual festival showcases the outstanding work of children…

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Children to perform new musical, ‘As Free As A Bird’ for Freedom City 2017


Children from three east end primary schools in Newcastle have been hard at work in their schools, singing, dancing and rehearsing to put together a performance of a brand new musical ‘As Free As a Bird!’ for the start of the Platforma Festival 2017. And on Thursday 19 October they’re coming together for the first time to collaboratively perform a world premiere of the work, on stage at the magnificent Tyne Theatre & Opera House! Over 100 children from Byker…

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New poetry collection celebrates Martin Luther King


Powerful poems inspired by a speech Dr Martin Luther King gave when he visited Newcastle in 1967 feature in a new book launched next month. Poets on both sides of the Atlantic have contributed to The Mighty Stream: Poems in Celebration of Martin Luther King. Featuring work by both established and emerging poets, the new anthology brings together a selection of poems addressing the challenges of racism, poverty and war that Dr King highlighted in the impromptu speech he made…

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Talk will put British Black history in the spotlight


Leading historian David Olusoga will be coming to Newcastle University later this week to talk about black history in the UK. A forgotten history His talk takes place on Thursday 5 October and coincides with Black History Month, which runs throughout October. The theme of David’s talk will be Black and British: A Forgotten History, and will cover areas similar to those featured in David’s 2016 landmark BBC history series and book of the same name. These set out to…

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Tyne Bridge to host epic civil rights performance commemorating Martin Luther King anniversary


Just as the Edmund Pettus bridge in Alabama was the setting for one of the most iconic moments of the civil rights movement, it has been announced today that the Tyne Bridge will be the setting for a spectacular performance celebrating the courage and sacrifice of those that have led the long march for civil rights. Held on Sunday 29 October as part of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle, Freedom on…

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