The Cultural Spring alongside the MAC (Music, Arts & Culture) Trust are working together to commission an individual, organisation or partnership to lead an ambitious participatory programme that culminates in an exciting, large scale, public event in November 2017 to celebrate the opening of Sunderland’s new participatory arts space, The Fire Station.

The Participation programme will be three separate strands delivered by Live Theatre and Dance City (taking up satellite tenancies in The Fire Station) and Sunderland Music Education Hub (SMEH). Live Theatre is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and specialises in new theatre writing, producing its own productions and programming touring work. Dance City is the dance agency for the north east of England. It has its performance base in Newcastle upon Tyne and delivers activities throughout the region. Sunderland Music Hub works with schools, teachers, practitioners, young people and organisations across the Local Authority, to ensure all young people can access a high quality music education.

Be a part of The Fire Station Opening

We’re also looking for participants of all ages to take part in the event which is still in the planning stages but the opening event will have dance and theatre elements. You’ll be part of a large scale performance in the heart of Sunderland and will work alongside professionals and gain brilliant experience. If you’re a keen dancer or performer let us know! If you’d like to be involved in the opening event or even to volunteer and gain some experience please email: