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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 lots of culture, comedy and ways to start your New Year with a bang.

Monday 2nd January
ART & LIT Amanda Beech – Covenant Transport Move Or Die @ BALTIC, Gateshead
Any New Year’s resolutions should definitely involve immersing yourself in some of the excellent culture the North East has to offer, and this five channel video installation which delivers a heady mix of analogue-style pop and video game aesthetics is the perfect place to start.

Tuesday 3rd January
FILM I, Daniel Blake @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Tuesday through to Thursday this week, sees Tyneside Cinema hosting some repeat screenings of what proved to be many people’s favourite film of last year. If you missed it, now’s the time to see it on the big screen, and if you want to see it again, there’s no better time. You can also check out our full review here.

Wednesday 4th January
COMEDY Red Raw @ The Stand, Newcastle
The first of two picks from The Stand this week (it’s a quiet week as everyone nurses their New Year’s hangovers) and it’s the usual comedy fun of brand new acts and more experienced ones honing new material, with super sharp headliner Vladimir McTavish.

Thursday 5th January
ART & LIT Punk 1976-78 @ Sunderland Museum & Library, Sunderland
If you haven’t been to see this exhibition documenting the astounding impact punk had on all modern culture, now is the time to go. With the 2016 we had, there’s a fair chance the rise of counter culture movements like punk (and some awesomely angry bands) will be just as important in the following twelve months.

Friday 6th January
ART & LIT Rosie Morris – Circles Are Slices Of Spheres @ Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
It’s your last chance to catch this exhibition this weekend, and this immersive contemporary art installation is well worth a visit. It features a monumental painting which envelops the viewer in an expanse of colours and illusionistic shadows.

Saturday 7th January
MUSIC Come And Try @ Sage Gateshead
Another one to tick off one of the New Year’s resolutions with the chance to try ukulele, steel pans, fiddle or singing in these short taster sessions. Spend some time with Sage Gateshead’s experienced leaders getting to grips with the basics and see what you enjoy.

Sunday 8th January
COMEDY Sod The Tories & Have A Nice Week @ The Stand, Newcastle
Host John Scott moves his political panel show to Sunday nights, and with a potentially volatile 2017 ahead, it’s good to know there’s somewhere we can get a monthly dose of political satire in the company of some top comedians.

And for something a little different…
Just in case you missed it, why not check out our top music videos of 2016 here.

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