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    Summer has well and truly landed in the toon! As summer begins in the city, the Geordie event calendar is as busy as ever. From festivals to funfairs, this summer is jam packed with exciting events. 

    Read on to discover 10 festivals and events to look forward to this summer in Newcastle...

    1. Northern Pride

    Northern Pride will return to Newcastle's Town Moor over the weekend of 22-23 July, and everyone's invited! From celebration to activism, to meeting up with old friends to making new ones, this is a weekend for all generations, all LGBTQIA+ representations and allies.

    The March:
    Saturday 22 July from 12pm

    Northern Pride Festival 2023 will feature a spectacular march through the centre of Newcastle and you’re invited to take part. The March will start at 12 noon Saturday 22nd July, from Newcastle Civic Centre. Arrive early so they don’t leave without you!

    Festival Arena: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July from 1pm til 9pm

    This year, the Festival Arena will be ticketed, to ensure we can provide the quality that this epic weekend deserves with tickets from £6. The Saturday night closing party brought to you by Ministry of Sound and international DJs Smokin Jo and Seamus Haji on the Main Stage. The Festival Arena will also feature the BeScene dance and cabaret zone, which will showcase performers from across Newcastle’s LGBTQIA+ scene. The Festival Arena will have bars and food stalls, along with the funfair and access to the Platinum Bar and Garden – sponsored by Bobby’s Newcastle – for those who have bought tickets for the new and improved VIP space.

    Community Village: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July from 12pm til 5pm

    ​Free to access community pride. Following on from its success last year, the Community Village will also bring back the sports and active life zone and the LGBT Northern Social Group will return to support those who may be attending Pride for the first time. The Community Village will also see the return of the Family and Youth zone and the Health and Wellbeing area, which for the first time, will operate across the whole weekend. The Rainbow Village and its market stalls has previously only run on the first day of Pride, however this time it will be open on both Saturday and Sunday, following requests from attendees at last year’s event.

    2. Ouseburn Festival

    The Ouseburn Festival returns this year on the 15 and 16 July. The weekend is made up of a mix of outdoor and venue-led activities/performances. The vast majority of these are free or low-cost to access, ensuring visitors can enjoy a weekend of fun without financial limitations. This year there are brilliant events planned - music, street performances, boat trips, markets & more! Keep an eye out here for the full list of events. 

    3. Loosefest

    LooseFest heads to Newcastle's Town Moor for an incredible two-day festival this August 2023, alongside some of the biggest brands and best artists in the world! The line up includes Joel Corry, Chase & Status, Patrick Topping,Sean Paul and loads more. It is taking place on 5 and 6 of August this year and tickets can be found here.

    4. Noughty 90's Festival

    The Noughty 90s Festival sees your favourite Noughties and Nineties artists perform legendary "old-skool" bangers from two of the most important decades in music history. The two day affair will have multiple stages of music, plus Funfair Rides, Retro Bars, Gourmet Street Food Vendors, 90’s Arcades, an Exclusive VIP Area, Gin Garden, Champagne Bar, R&B Roller Disco and so much more. Take it back to the good old days and reminisce your youth with the ultimate throwback. This year's event will take place in Leazes Park on the 26 and 27 August. Buy your tickets here. 

    5. Coastella

    Yes, you read that right! Coastella is a new music festival that will land in North Shields in summer 2023. Championing new original music, Coastella will showcase the best live acts the region has to offer, alongside national touring artists in a never been seen before outdoor festival experience in the very heart of the beautiful coast, North Shields. The line up includes Mystery Jets, Futureheads, Bear Park, Liam Fender Jango Flash and many more. Tickets are now sold out but keep an eye on their website here for any last minute spots!

    6. Mouth of the Tyne Festival

    Starting back in 2005, the Mouth of the Tyne Festival takes place every July for a weekend of live music and international street theatre in Tynemouth. Taking place this year on the 6 until 9 July, the festival line up includes The Proclaimers, Siouxsie, Paul Heaton and Gabrielle. There are limited tickets left for the weekend, check the availability here. 

    7. Kynren

    Kynren - An Epic Tale of England, brings history to life with blockbuster open-air performances. Rebellions, wars, magic, majesty, celebration and heartache are vividly brought to ground-shaking life in a dazzling outdoor-theatre spectacular. It is one to book now for a dazzling night out in 2023. For booking information click here.

    8. Newcastle Mela

    Newcastle Mela is an incredible two day event that takes place every year during the August Bank Holiday weekend in Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s free, family friendly and everyone is welcome. With up to 40,000 visitors from across the region, Newcastle Mela has been taking place for over 25 years and is one of the most vibrant and popular multi-cultural events in the North East. The event is based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures and this is your chance to experience the music, food and entertainment associated with these cultures. Find out more here. 

    9. Novum

    New for 2023! NOVUM - Newcastle Summer Festival - is a brand-new festival experience for Newcastle Upon Tyne. The multi artform event, taking place for the first time from 11-13 August 2023, will showcase local, national, and international talent to transform the Civic Centre and surrounding gardens into a cultural playground, where audiences can make, explore and engage with art, music, performances and installations. Take a look at the full music programme here. 

    10. GemArts Masala Festival

    GemArts award winning Masala Festival is a weeklong festival celebrating a mix and blend of the finest South Asian Arts and Culture, packed full of performances, exhibitions, events, workshops, pop ups and demonstrations, presented in venues, places and spaces accross the North East. Since its launch in 2016, Masala Festival has become a yearly celebration and a highlight in the North East cultural calendar, bringing audiences the best music, dance, visual arts, film, literature, performance, workshops, family fun days, food events and much more. The programme presents a diverse mix of contemporary and traditional South Asian art forms with regional, national and international artists, produced and curated by GemArts, working alongside key partners from across the region and beyond. See the full Masala Festival 2023 brochure here.

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