TWO new starters have been recruited to bolster the team. University of Sunderland graduates, Georgia Shippen and Amy Taylor have joined for the next year of the project. Sunderland-born Amy joins the team as a project co-ordinator having previously worked at Sage Gateshead, ARC Stockton Arts Centre, the Big Lottery Fund and Northern Stage. Amy… Read more


TWO major artistic projects on Wearside and South Tyneside will create a human jukebox and reopen an old workingman’s club for one night only. The Cultural Spring, announced in February it was commissioning three large projects for its 2015-  Autumn Lights, a visual-arts based project run later this year in conjunction with the … Read more

Artists Opportunity

Ordinary Dreams, Extraordinary People Ordinary Dreams Extraordinary People is a participatory arts project developed from Make Art Happen, a capacity building programme for members of the community to design and lead their own art projects. Dream Team were developed from this and are now working as a project group in partnership with Helix Arts and… Read more

Photos of Summer Streets 2015

Our fantastic photographs from Summer Streets 2015 are now up in our gallery and Flickr account. See if you make an appearance! Gallery Flickr

Offers with Sunderland Empire and Curious Go and See

A  brilliant offer has been made by the Sunderland Empire, The Cultural Spring and Curious Incident Go and See, as the highly acclaimed The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time makes a visit to Sunderland this August. If you live in one of our wards, quote ‘CULTURALSPRING5’ when  booking and gain access to a £5… Read more

A full day out at Stockton International Riverside Festival for only £3

  A fantastic offer has been made available for a full day out at Stockton International Riverside Festival for just £3 on Saturday the 1st of August.  The festival is free and will be packed with all things to view and experience, such as street theatre, circus acts, dance and music. A coach will be leaving… Read more

The Cultural Spring wins three Journal Culture Awards

  On Tuesday 30th June Sunderland hosted the Journal Culture Awards. We were delighted that Summer Streets won the award for Best Event Sunderland and Great North Passion won Best Overall Event. This is a fantastic endorsement of the hard work of the hundreds of people and all the different groups and organisations who got… Read more

Summer Streets Festival to return.

Last year’s Summer Streets community music festival proved so popular, it has been extended to two days for 2015. The event will again be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, and is being organised by Futurehead Ross Millard on behalf of The Cultural Spring. This year’s festival will be held over the weekend of July 18… Read more


A YEAR on from its launch event, a project to encourage arts and culture is hosting a series of meetings to talk about what workshops and events Wearsiders might like to see in their communities. The Cultural Spring’s launch event, the Great North Passion, was held in conjunction with the BBC in South Shields last… Read more