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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 spellbinding short films, ice skating fun, blistering punk rock, tip-top comedy and a whole lot more…

Monday 21st November
FILM Oska Bright Film Festival @ ARC
Incredible short films and digital media make their way to ARC on Monday, as the award-winning Oska Bright Film Festival bring some fascinating and fun films made by learning disabled people to the Stockton venue. With two programmes running, one at 1pm and one at 7pm, there’s a selection of three minute films and some mesmerising music videos on offer, as well as some short films made by groups based at ARC.

Tuesday 22nd November
MUSIC Serengeti @ Empty Shop, Durham
Serengeti (the moniker for Illinois-born David Cohn) is one of leftfield rap’s most celebrated artists, he’s collaborated with Open Mike Eagle and Sufjan Stevens, released numerous albums per year. With a background that has allowed him to see society from two different perspectives, and form a rather unique way of looking at both sides of society and his inner psyche. Eclectic and engaging, this is a fun Tuesday in store.

Wednesday 23rd November
EVENTS Ice Skating @ Centre For Life, Newcastle
With the Christmas lights now up, it’s winter wonderland time in Newcastle, which means the chance to get your skates on down to Centre For Life, and well, get your skates on. Ice Skating on their ice rink is superb fun, so grab some friends, if only to make sure you’ve got someone to grab onto if you fall.

Thursday 24th November
MUSIC Alasdair Roberts @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle
Twinkling, folksy songwriting through some delicate fingerstyle guitar playing and sincerity-filled vocals are set to really make the most of your Thursday. 20 years on from his first single release, he’s managed regular outputs of inventive music which draws on traditional folk as a major influence, and takes us through Roberts’ own unique interpretations. Tirelessly gigging, this is a musician who lives all the good the music scene can offer, and his songwriting develops constantly through it. There’s support too from Phil Tyler and Sarah Hill, with music that was built to be played in the most intimate, authentic ways, a magical little evening is surely on the cards.

Friday 25th November
COMEDY The Friday Show @ The Stand, Newcastle
End the working week with a bang, as The Stand have a stellar line-up for their weekend shows as always, though Phil Nichol always proves to be a memorable headliner, so you should always snap up any chance to see him when you can. Join him are the always hilarious Lost Voice Guy, Joe Wells, Dotty Winters and host Alex Boardman.

Saturday 26th November
EVENTS Orange Pip Market @ Baker Street and Bedford Street, Middlesbrough
Food, music and fun is set to bring warmth to a cold weekend, as Orange Pip Market returns for another day of fun.
This month welcome the part dance lesson, part party, part bingo fun of Car Boot Disco Bingo. There’s also the Orange Pip House Band who’ll be on hand to play a host of favourites, and more music from folksy punks Bubamara, and banjo playing Jimmy Banjo. With food and drinks too, this is a mighty fine excuse to don your mittens and woolly hats for a wonderfully enjoyable time that’ll bring everyone together.

Sunday 27th November
MUSIC Muncie Girls @ Think Tank, Newcastle
The Exeter three-piece have just released their debut LP, and their spirited company is a smashing way to round out the week. Political, smart, and with music filled with passion, the young punk rock band are really promising, and pull no punches in their approach. A Sunday shared with this spiky trio is one we highly recommend.

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