Free artistic activity sessions on offer

Wearsiders are being offered dozens of new opportunities to try out new art forms free of charge. Sessions in photography to poetry reading, digital media to creative writing and from upcycling clothes to musical instruments are just some of the many available. The sessions have been arranged by The Cultural Spring, an Arts Council funded… Read more

From wrestling to comedyfor summer streets star

Sunderlands newest music festival will have something for everyone – including comedy for kids. The free Summer Streets festival will be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, on Saturday, July 19, and the programme has been organised by The Futureheads’ Ross Millard, on behalf of The Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council-funded project bringing arts and… Read more

Exciting summer streets’ line-up confirmed

An impressive line-up of talent has been confirmed for the city’s newest music festival. Summer Streets, a free celebration of community music, will be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, on July 19 and has been organised by The Cultural Spring, a three-year £2m Arts Council funded project working in Sunderland and South Tyneside. The Futureheads’… Read more

Go and see with The Cultural Spring

A new arts project is giving South Tynesiders the chance to buy ‘dramatically’ reduced theatre tickets. The Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council funded initiative, has launched Go and See, a programme offering reduced ticket prices to those living in the five South Tyneside and the five Sunderland the project is working in. As part… Read more

Cornshed sister rcvited by new festival

One of Sunderland’s most popular musicians has spoken of her excitement at being part of the city’s newest festival. Marie Nixon, of the Cornshed Sisters, is one of the confirmed acts for The Summer Streets, a community music festival to be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, in July. “I’m really thrilled to be involved in… Read more

Summer streets will be alive with music

One of Sunderland’s most successful musicians is playing a leading role in a festival of music. The Futureheads’ Ross Millard is the Artistic Director of the Summer Streets, a spectacular event that will bring together communities from Wearside and South Tyneside playing a wide variety of musical genres. “There’s so much already going on in… Read more

Communities get a taste of art

Ever fancied making a proggy mat or learning to play the ukulele ? You could try these or an impressive array of other art forms as dozens of taster sessions are delivered into Sunderland and South Tyneside communities free of charge. The sessions have been arranged by The Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council funded… Read more

Artists invited to bid for £210,000 commissions

ARTISTS and community groups have been invited to bid for three new commissions worth £210,000 that will bring exciting events and opportunities to Sunderland and South Tyneside. The Cultural Spring, a three-year, £2m Arts Council funded initiative working on Wearside and South Tyneside, is looking for artists, groups or arts organisations to lead three season-based… Read more

Great north passion a huge success

Organisers of last month’s Great North Passion say they are thrilled with audience figures the BBC has just released about its flagship Easter programme. The Great North Passion was hosted in Bents Park, South Shields on Good Friday and broadcast live on BBC One from noon. Figures released by the BBC show that at its… Read more

South Tyneside prepares a passionate welcome

THERE’S less than a week to go before South Shields takes centre stage for the BBC’s flagship Easter programme. The Great North Passion (GNP) will be beamed live from Bents Park this Friday (April 18), with the BBC One broadcast starting at noon. Over the last few months 12 artists have been working with communities… Read more