One of the most frequently asked questions on the Newcastle music, art and film scenes this year has been “what’s happening with the Star & Shadow?”
The much-loved venue closed this winter, as their Stepney Bank location is being redeveloped. The good news is that a bigger, better, more versatile Star & Shadow is opening early next year in a disused carpet warehouse on Warwick Street.
“The Star and Shadow has been an amazing incubator of talent and an important promoter of off-beat, avant-garde and politically engaged art, music and cinema,” says volunteer Sheena Revolta.
The new venue will include gig and meeting spaces, artists’ studios, a new and improved bar/cafe, and funding has been secured for much of the work, with volunteers currently on site doing the necessary conversion job. “While we have a lot of the funding in place, we still have some way to go,” says Sheena. “In September we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo’s Generosity platform to raise £50,000 towards building the actual cinema.”
Supporters are donating a bunch of great premiums; among the treats are the possibility of Kathryn Williams playing in your living room, Rob Heron DJing your wedding, bar mitzvah or birthday party and Paul Alexander Knox taking your photograph. There are drumming workshops with Hannabiel & Midnight Blue, Mat Fleming will provide film-making workshops, and you can snap up organic hand-printed t-shirts and much more.
If you love the venue too, then visit the Star & Shadow website or head to their Crowdfounder page and grab yourself a great premium while building your cinema. Follow the team’s work on the hashtag #buildyourcinema.