Full line-up announced for NewcastleGateshead’s 2023 annual culture crawl

One of the biggest events in Newcastle and Gateshead's cultural calendars, The Late Shows will return in May 2023, taking place across two nights Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May.

The free late-night culture crawl - featuring art studios, music, performance, galleries, museums and a host of fun and intriguing events - is facilitated by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and this year features over 40 cultural venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

The two-day event – now in its 15th year is a well-established part of the cultural calendar in the North East, and allows participants to curate their own experience from the vast choice on offer.

Bill Griffiths Head of Programmes & Collections at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said:

“We are excited to bring the Late Shows back again for 2023. It is a popular event and a fantastic way to try out the brilliant range of cultural experiences on offer in Newcastle and Gateshead.”

The event will take place on Friday 19 May in the Ouseburn only and on Saturday 20 May it will be in venues across central Newcastle, the quayside and Gateshead.

A selection of the programme for 2023:

Friday 19 May – Ouseburn only

Come and meet a host of artists and designers at Mushroom Works as they open their studio doors for the evening.

Take your partner by the hand and join Toffee Factory and The Cumberland Arms for all the fun of the ceilidh.

Have a go at creating an original artist print at Biscuit Tin Studios.

Visit Ouseburn’s newest venue, Gingerino’s Kitchen, for an Orbis Community, Atlas North East takeover showcasing new works from local artists.

Explore what friendship means today at Shieldfield Art Works and help create a 15 foot friendship bracelet.

Join Seven Stories for a marvellous mix of 'Geordie's Marvellous Medicine' activities inspired by the Roald Dahl classic, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Ouseburn Farm will celebrate the great old West in their farmyard with a themed night of music, food and drink.

Saturday 20 May – Newcastle, Gateshead and Quayside only

With two locations to visit this year Orbis Community will be offering a night of creativity for everyone.

Join artist Pui Lee and make your very own funky flower brooch or corsage to wear at Gateshead Central Library.

Turn Discovery Museum into a theme park and help them to create a marble roller coaster around Turbinia.

Enjoy a medieval ale (or a soft drink) and be entertained by storytelling and medieval music at Newcastle Castle.

Drop in to NE1 Can Jam, a night of live music at Alphabetti Theatre.

Head to Sensation Studios on Arcadea’s 5th floor for an immersive exhibition of glowing silk paintings by learning disabled and autistic artists.

High Bridge Works will host X, an exhibition by Newcastle Contemporary Art (NCA), open studios and DJ sets by Bishop (founder of Opal Tapes), and Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park).

Enjoy live music from acoustic roots duo Mambo Jambo or a silent Disco at Newcastle City Library.

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