The Late Shows – is a free late-night culture crawl. In 2019 it will take place in NewcastleGateshead over the weekend of Friday 17 - Saturday 18 May.
During The Late Shows, museums, galleries, studio collectives and landmark historical buildings come together to offer visitors one-off events including hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances and parties. It's all about encouraging people to do something cultural with their evening in celebration of the national event Museums at Night.
The Late Shows began in 2007 and has grown considerably in size. In the first year, 14 venues took part, rising to more than 70 in 2016. Venues at 2017's Late Shows recorded over 35,000 visits across the weekend. The main objective of The Late Shows is to encourage people to visit a cultural venue that they may not have visited before. In particular, our aim is to attract a younger audience and share loyal audiences between venues.
The Late Shows is co-ordinated by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in association with NewcastleGateshead Initiative, BALTIC, Northern Print, Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council and Arts Council England.
The Late Shows takes place over the weekend of Friday 17 - Saturday 18 May 2019* to coincide with the national Museums at Night festival. Friday night is for Ouseburn Valley venues only, 7-11pm. Saturday night's event takes place at venues across central Newcastle and Gateshead.
On both nights there will also be Twi-Lates from 4-7pm. We piloted twilight events successfully in 2018, drawing in new audiences of 12-17 year olds as independent visitors or with their families.
The Late Shows is a culture crawl with scores of venues taking part across the weekend. Participating venues host special events with a 15-20 minute dwell time. There is no official route but line-up information will be released in early spring so you can think about what you want to see and do.
During The Late Shows, volunteer stewards will give out free event programmes and you can also use this website on your phone to see what's on near to where you are. You can pick up a free glow stick from a steward on the night - you'll see other people wearing glow sticks and know that they are on a Late Shows culture crawl too. Make sure you visit a Gateshead venue on Saturday to grab a special orange glow stick. You don't need a glow stick to gain access to any venue or to use the free buses.
All Late Shows venues are free to enter during the weekend and the vast majority of events are drop in. Some attractions such as guided tours have limited capacities and need to be booked in advance. You might have to pay for consumable materials if you take part in a workshop. Some venues may charge an admission fee for special exhibitions or activities. Many venues will be selling their wares as well as food and drink - your support is hugely appreciated.
Many venues are within walking distance from each other but we also offer some free buses to help you go further afield.
During Saturday's main event, four open-top City Sightseeing buses will be running a free timetabled service dropping off at key points in Newcastle and Gateshead.
We also offer additional shuttle bus services. On Friday, a half-hourly service will operate between selected venues in the Ouseburn Valley. A further half-hourly shuttle bus will run on Saturday from the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead so that you can easily get to more remote venues.
An accessible taxi service is available for disabled people to use. Please speak to a volunteer steward if you require a taxi and they will liaise with a venue to book you one.
The Late Late Shows brings together a selection of venues that are already customarily open during the evening. They'll be staying open beyond 11pm so you can end your evening even later if you want to. You might have to pay to enter a Late Late Shows venue but you'll get a discount if you show your glow stick.
In 2015, we commissioned zine-maker Mike Duckett as our artist-in-residence. See what he got up to on his Late Shows culture crawl by viewing his interactive map here.
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