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We take a look at cultural events on in the next seven days that are sure to brighten your week. This time round we’ve got comedy benefit shows, a National Theatre screening, a good dose of Nick Cave, immersive 3D art and much more.

Monday 19th January
COMEDY Miles for Men Benefit @ The Stand, Newcastle

Monday is often a time when we’re feeling a bit under the weather. Whether it’s because we’ve had a bit of a heavy one on the weekend or we’re just not feeling it back at the office. At those times it’s nice just to be able to go out and have a good old laugh; if it just so happens that we’re being charitable at the same time, all the better! The Stand is hosting a comedy benefit for Miles for Men – a charity supporting Cancer Research UK and other organisations – featuring Katie Yossarian, Stefen Peddie, John Scott and more. Have a laugh and chase away the Monday blues!

Tuesday 20th January
ART AND LIT The Chimera of M @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Sebastian Buerkner’s latest exhibition, being hosted at the Tyneside Cinema, is a stereoscopic, engaging piece of digital animation. Taking the audience wearing 3D glasses on a journey through an impressively immersive world via the medium of an unknown protagonist. It won the Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the Rotterdam Film Festival and was shortlisted for last year’s Jarman Awards. If you thought 3D animation was a bit of a flashy gimmick, Buerkner might just be the one to change your mind.

Wednesday 21st January
FILM Winter Sleep @ ARC, Stockton

Stockton’s ARC is something of a hidden gem when it comes to foreign and independent cinema. On Wednesday 21st January, cinema-goers on Teesside will have one last chance to catch Winter Sleep, the Turkish winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes. Centring on a feuding family trapped in a hotel as winter draws in, it’s an intimate study in personal relationships and identity.

Thursday 22nd January
STAGE Treasure Island @ Various Locations

Just before Christmas, the National Theatre treated the nation to a live screening of their uncompromising production John. Now they’re beaming their latest production – this time of Robert Louis’ Stevenson’s beloved novel – back on to our screens. Always a visual treat with stunning acting, the National Theatre are renowned for their innovative adaptations of works and their original material. If you want to know where you can catch Treasure Island, visit the National Theatre website.

Friday 23rd January
MUSIC Cohesion @ Independent, Sunderland

2014 was a phenomenally successful year for Wearside favourites Cohesion and they’re looking to kick off the new year in similarly spectacular style. They’re returning to their hometown to help launch their latest single Luna, a tune that is accessibly indie but also has a twinge of creativity, setting the band apart. Known for their highly energetic live performances, their gig will set off an exciting run of events this year at the Sunderland venue.

Saturday 24th January
MUSIC Lone Wolf 3rd Birthday Party @ The Cluny, Newcastle

Local promotions company Lone Wolf have been responsible for putting on some of the best talent the region have to offer over the last three years. Now that they’re turning three, they’ve decided to have a party down at The Cluny and are brining a slew of bands with them. Avalanche Party, Coquin Migale, Goy Boy McIlroy, Shades and Wake are all playing the bash, making it a veritable orgy of regional indie-rock goodness. Long may Lone Wolf reign!

Sunday 25th January
FILM 20,000 Days on Earth @ The Cluny, Newcastle

After the shenanigans of the Lone Wolf party, you might be feeling in a little bit of a, shall we say, quieter mood on Sunday. What better way to relax on a Sunday afternoon than to watch a movie? Don’t worry though, this is certainly not a feel-good, fluffy flick; instead, join Australian troubadour Nick Cave as he takes you on a journey through a fictional day in his life. He also takes the audience through the making of the most recent Bad Seeds LP, Push The Sky Away. If his gig at the Sage still feels like a bit too far away, then you can calm your Cave Fever down a bit by popping along to this free screening.

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