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Yes, we know, you don’t want to hear the ‘C’ word yet, but trust us – these are events you want in your diary now!

A variety of performances and activities will take place in a converted shipping container on Park Lane in Sunderland (look out for the Christmas tree on top!) from Saturday 25th November. There will be activities programmed from 5pm-8pm every Thursday and 11am-5pm on a weekend. And everything is free to attend!

We love a bit of festive fun, so here at NARC. we’ve programmed the first day’s musical programme. On Saturday 25th November, a host of musicians take the stage (container?!) from 11am, with sets from Seaham songstress This Little Bird; rapper Kay Greyson; hotly tipped Teesside songwriter Samantha Durnan; there’s dark piano-based pop from Paul Jeans; Sunderland’s own Rhys Patterson performs his minimal soundscapes; local seven-piece Picnic offer up indie jazz pop; everyone’s favourite keytar-toting Teessiders Be Quiet! Shout Loud provide musical mayhem; and alt. pop rockers St. Buryan close proceedings.

Over the following weekends, there will be headline performances from Marty Longstaff (aka. The Lake Poets) on Saturday 2nd December and Sunderland’s youngest rock star, Tom ‘Mouse’ Smith who, when he performs on Sunday 10th December, will have just returned from supporting The Charlatans. There will also be a huge range of talent on show from across Sunderland’s diverse communities, everything from school choirs to Bhangra, Bollywood dancers to spoken word. And it’s not just things to see, if you’re keen to get involved, there will be workshops in upcycling, crafting, henna hand painting and zine making, or if you have small people in tow, there will be loads of family-friendly fun.  

The final weekend, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th December, will be a riot of Christmas activities, with storytelling and goodie bags for the bairns, Westoe Brass Band playing carols (what could be more Christmassy?) and some HUGE Christmas pop classics to get everyone in the mood for the big day.

The ‘Community Spirit’ programme is organised by Sunderland BID, and sponsored by Gentoo and Nexus.

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