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Image: Martha Hill, who performs at NARC. Fest on Saturday 7th July

The Inspired By… programme is a bit of a catch-all for a lot of other cultural events taking place in the region that would like an association with GETNorth. Some have been inspired by the festival itself and others have been running (and will continue to run) for years. The programme features a more diverse variety of events from mainly local practitioners, but all come under the same rough remit of celebrating art and culture, design and innovation in the North.

A real highlight (*cough*) will be the Ouseburn Festival and its associated musical arm, NARC. Fest. The well-established Ouseburn Festival (Sunday 8th July) brings a vast array of people from the local community together, with a parade, music, food and arty fun aiming to showcase the talents of those based in the Ouseburn Valley. I assume our readers will be no strangers to NARC. Fest, our multi-venue musical feast which takes place at The Cluny/Cluny 2, The Cumberland Arms, Tanners Arms, The Free Trade, The Tyne Bar and Little Buildings on Saturday 7th July. Line-ups are being announced every week on our Facebook page, and so far we can confirm sets from Twist Helix, New Horror, Knight Knight, Waves of Dread, Mother Night, Roxy Girls, Idle Hands, The Milk Lizards, Okay Champ, Trigger Thumb, Tiny Mind, Holly Legs, Behold A Pale Horse, The Buffalo Skinners, Martha Hill and DJ Lady Annabella.

There’s more music on offer at Durham Folk Weekend (Friday 27th-Sunday 29th July), where North East folk, culture and art will be celebrated through music and performance. Already a highlight on the region’s festival calendar, Lindisfarne Festival (Thursday 30th August-Sunday 2nd September) features a whopping 150 acts over nine stages at Beal Farm near Holy Island. Highlights include Happy Mondays, Levellers, Dub Pistols, Skinny Lister, Holy Moly & The Crackers and many more besides.

There’s a plethora of arty exhibitions also worthy of your attention, in particular The Spirit of the North at Bessie Surtees House, a photographic exhibition of historic sites which embody and inspire Northern spirit taken by John Kippin; Eldon Garden’s North East Art Collective is always worth a rummage, with work by over 150 regional artists on display (and for sale); a series of thoughtful temporary public artworks will be installed throughout the Tees Valley (Monday 20th-Monday 27th August) as part of the Festival of Thrift; Artists In Recovery display work in a variety of mediums created by artists in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction (St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Saturday 8th-Sunday 23rd September); an intriguing art and eating exhibition entitled Artistory takes place at Holy Biscuit (Friday 22nd June-Thursday 12th July), aiming to tell Newcastle’s stories through recipes and food; there’s an opportunity to watch Northern artist Dan Cimmermann paint a large-scale mural of inventor George Stephenson on Sunday 24th June at The Biscuit Room; look out for a series of talks at Tyneside Cinema from the Arts Society, who invite expert lecturers to share their knowledge on the arts; Northumbrian Water Group’s Innovation Festival, at Newcastle Racecourse (Monday 9th-Friday 13th July) takes 12 societal and environmental problems and applies design thinking techniques in an attempt to solve them; the Creative Fuse Conference explores cross-sector collaboration across academia, business and creative practice at Culture Lab (Tuesday 10th-Wednesday 11th July); and at Darlington Hippodrome, the STEAMD Symposium (Thursday 13th September) celebrates creativity, commerce and community.

More events are being added to the Inspired By… programme all the time, so keep an eye on their website for more.


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