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Stuck for something to do in the next seven days? We aim to have you covered with an event a day for the next week, all across the region. This time around we have classic film, intelligent comedy, genre-defying music and a whole lot more…

Monday 4th July
FILM Vivre Sa Vie @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Monday means the chance to start the week with some classic French cinema, as To Live Her Life: A Film in Twelve Scenes comes to Tyneside Cinema as part of their Passport To Cinema season. Jean-Luc Godard’s landmark drama presents 12 episodes in the life of Nana, a young Parisian woman who leaves her husband and young son in the hope of becoming an actress, but finds herself forced to turn to prostitution to make ends meet in a captivating tale that is a key part of the French new wave.

Tuesday 5th July
ART & LIT Christiana Soulou @ Baltic, Gateshead
Complex drawings from Athens-based artist Christiana Soulou are currently showing at Baltic, and Tuesday could be the ideal time to go take a look at those. The works take in and investigate the nature of being human and its many conditions, the expressive lines and expansive re-imagining of forms in her work often derive from literature too.

Wednesday 6th July
COMEDY Matt Forde & Rob Auton @ Bottle Shop, Newcastle
The comedy shows at The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen in Newcastle have been pulling in audiences with the promise of some stellar shows. This month is no different, as Wednesday sees political comic Matt Forde and poet Rob Auton preview the shows they’ll be taking up to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

Thursday 7th July
MUSIC Mouth Of The Tyne Festival @ Various Venues, Tynemouth
2016’s edition of Mouth of the Tyne Festival features possibly the most star studded line-up yet. Taking place from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th July, venues along the North Tyneside coast will welcome a couple of bone fide mega stars, chart-topping songwriters and some amazing local talent, with The Temperance Movement and Nadine Shah Thursday stand-outs, and stars like James Bay and Frank Turner to come.

Friday 8th July
MUSIC Welcome To Riff Raff @ Cluny, Newcastle
A fat, sweaty night of riffs, beats and beers from some of the region’s best alternative bands starts the weekend off with a bang. Lots of dirty heavy music to get lost in will be provided by new boys Kraken Waker, veterans Sorry For Nothing, Gateshed groovers Dirty King and original Geordie metallers Tombstone Crow.

Saturday 9th July
MUSIC Black Sheep Frederick Dickens, The Secret of the Whipt @ Green room, Stockton
The first instalment of The Green Room’s pay what you decide shows features The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens, delivering a collection of gothic ballads, filled with drama. Keys, bass and samples are accompanied by a theatrical performance from a captivating frontman. The Secret of the Whipt are 5 piece constructed of various Teesside based artists, traditional English-Eastern European folk with an industrial edge, so it all makes for an original night of music.

Sunday 10th July
STAGE Asunder @ Sunderland Empire, Sunderland
This ambitious new event explores the legacy of the Somme through the prism of a single city – Sunderland.
Esther Johnson’s film uses local archive footage to convey the story of the city’s involvement in the First World War, from the men who fought in the fields to those who stayed behind to work in the region’s shipyards and munitions factories. The soundtrack to the film is being created by two renowned North East bands, Sunderland’s Field Music and Newcastle’s Warm Digits, who will perform live with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Guided by writer and musician Bob Stanley, Asunder receives its world premiere at a major event in Sunderland close to the 100th anniversary of the battle’s first salvos.

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