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The summer holidays may already seem like a distant memory and October’s half-term break doth loom before you like the inconvenient pre-Christmas bank account drainer that it is, but, if you’re looking for a whole heap of engaging activities over nine autumnal days, Newcastle and Gateshead’s Juice Festival for under-25s has you covered.

Kicking off with a showcase of young film-making talent under the Random Acts banner at Tyneside Cinema on Friday 20th October, there’s also the opening of the Illustrate project at Gateshead’s Central Library which features artwork based on the theme of Freedom, created by primary school children from across the city.

Other highlights of the festival include the Anime Attacks convention on Saturday 21st which promises to be packed full of taiko drumming, food, manga artists, special guests and more; there’s a comics take-over at Seven Stories on Saturday 28th; Northern Stage host What Once Was Ours on Friday 27th, which was created against the backdrop of Brexit and produced in collaboration with young people across the country, looking at how politics and national values impact the lives of one family; while the ever-popular Just Jam return with their Intl. Battle at Dance City on Sunday 22nd, where b-boys and b-girls go head to head, alongside rappers DJs, dance performances and more.

With other events including special theatre performances, comic workshops and storytelling events, Juice Festival really does have something for everyone.

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