THE WORD Respect Rap Group to perform at Newcastle City Hall for Freedom City 2017

Students from Gosforth Academy, a local Chemistry teacher as the rapper and a voluntary respect hip hop group, THE WORD are staging three live shows at Newcastle City Hall on 21 and 22 November, as part of the Freedom City 2017 cultural programme.

THE WORD will be addressing the issues of war, racism and poverty that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of in his impromptu speech at Newcastle University in 1967. The young people and the group have composed and recorded two original songs to mark Dr King’s legacy. The group will be showcasing their work in a highly energetic rap show with a professional live instrumental band to the young audiences.

THE WORD enterprise started over 12 years ago to address hard hitting issues of racism, bullying, respect for difference, role models in society and sport, anti social behaviour and to raise the aspirations of young people through motivational messages. The group has performed to over 100,000 people at 350 events across the United Kingdom at venues including schools, colleges, hospitals and prisons. They have performed at conferences, teacher training awards, charity and sporting ceremonies and multi cultural, inter-faith and equality and diversity events.

This multi-award winning group has recorded and produced original tracks for a CD album, music videos, short films and educational resources including a community cohesion teaching and learning tool kit.

Similar live concerts have taken place to capacity audiences at Sunderland Empire, Sage Gateshead, Chester-leStreet Cricket Club, Old Trafford (Manchester United), Borough Hall (Hartlepool), Durham Gala Theatre and Stanley Town Hall.

Teaching of community cohesion and British Values is a statutory requirement of all schools. Primary, secondary, special schools and colleges students studying PSHE, religious education, history, music and performing arts will enjoy being entertained and educated at Newcastle’s prestigious City Hall. Special sporting and celebrity guests will join the group on stage and engage in a short Q&A session with the players about equality in sport and role models to address respect.

The shows are free thanks to Awards for All Lottery funding.

Venue: Newcastle City Hall

‪Tuesday, November 21st 2017
VIP evening with reception ‪6-7:15pm
Concert ‪7:15-9:15pm

This show is for adults, parents, guardians, families, school staff, agencies, organizations, Freedom City partners & visiting dignitaries and invited guests. The event is also open for schools & colleges to attend as an educational visit.

Guests: The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Ray Stubbs, Ray Laidlaw, Josh Matavesi Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club), Northumbria Police Chief Inspector Paul Knox.


‪Wednesday, November 22nd  2017
School and college student concerts (Years 6-13)
‪9:45-11:45 am‪ & ‪12:45- 2:45pm

Guests: Newcastle Eagles (Fab Flournoy and another player TBC), U-23 NUFC (Mohammad Sangare) will be attending and engaging in a Q&A session with young people on stage about anti-racism, sports stars as role models and Martin Luther King’s legacy.

For more information about the concerts and seat reservation please contact: email: or call mobile: 07957 542506 or 07957 244471.