The Late Shows 2023

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

The award-winning free late-night culture crawl - featuring open art studios, music, performance, galleries, museums and a host of the most bizarre and intriguing interactive events - is facilitated by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) and features over 40 cultural venues staged 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.

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.

Find the full line up here

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