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Providing a perfect opportunity to interact with cultures around the world, the Conversion Festival, taking place in Newcastle from Saturday 3rd until Sunday 11th October, has sprung up to coincide with the Rugby World Cup tournaments being hosted in the city.

A vast range of street theatre, live music and food events will be on offer across the week, with the Fanzone site, situated at Science Central near St. James Park, acting as a hub for many activities. Entertainment will be themed according to teams competing, which will make for some interesting and unusual fusions. Live music and street entertainment will greet fans around the stadium and the city centre, with exclusive performances from musicians and artists from around the world. Highlights include a mass ceilidh with a South African twist on Saturday 3rd; a celebration of Maori culture with a live performance of Haka Day Out (and an opportunity to have a go at New Zealand’s famous Haka) on Friday 9th; the Rugby Nations Dance on Saturday 10th will see dancers from local community groups performing alongside People’s Street Orchestra; while on the closing night of Sunday 11th, expect drumming and fireworks from internationally renowned drumming groups Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak.

Add to this the EAT! North East Food Heroes Market taking place in the city centre throughout the week, which welcomes over 30 local street food traders offering food from around the world, and you could say that we’re converted!

Conversion Festival takes place across Newcastle from Saturday 3rd until Sunday 11th October.

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