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As we all know, it’s pretty tough to be a live music venue or performance space right now, and it’s even harder for those who additionally have charitable elements to their businesses. Gosforth Civic Theatre, which is run by disability arts organisation Liberdade, have more hurdles to face than many, but with a typically forward-thinking attitude and dedication to their customers and those they support, they’re taking tentative steps back towards doing what they do best.

Safety is at the forefront of their concerns, of course, so their newly announced live gigs (which kicked off in late July) are taking place in the intimate courtyard space outside the venue on Friday tea-times. Their support of local artists continues, and has seen performances from folk duo Janice Burns and Jon Doran, blues guitarist Memphis Gerald and Shields frontman Rich Sutton take place already, with many more exciting acts to be announced for August.

Their indoor cafe will reopen at the beginning of August, with all safety measures taken into account, and the live shows are free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance (available weekly, keep an eye on their website and social media – @GoCivTheatre – for updates).

As CEO Rob Huggins explains, GCT’s priorities are geared towards creating a comfortable and supportive space for all to enjoy. “Like all arts organisations we want to change the world, we want to bring people together to create understanding, we want to decide what is the new normal by being extraordinary, and we want to shape our community by telling our stories and providing a home for everyone to enjoy. This is who we are, we will survive, we will support those that need us, and we will open our doors again for everybody to come together.”

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