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Always a highlight on the theatrical calendar, this year’s Gateshead International Festival of Theatre present a three-day programme of performance, discussions and workshops, taking place both in person at locations across the town, and online.

With the aim of “prioritising care and catalysing conversation”, GIFT will celebrate connection, creativity and collaboration. Chief among the highlights will be Hello Neighbours, a workshop taking place in Chopwell Woods hosted by Canadian artist duo Mia & Eric, who have previously worked with the festival on a remote ‘off-site’ residency, connecting the artists from their home in Calgary to those based in Gateshead (Friday 29th April). Presenting their award-winning performance piece, Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas will dance the end of their relationship, imagining what their future will look like without each other, with an accompanying strand of narrative also looking at the ongoing ecological crisis (BALTIC and online, Friday 29th April). Also of note, Olivia Furber and Ramzi Maqdisi present their acclaimed guided audio tour The Lands’ Heart Is Greater Than Its Map, an emotional investigation into who has the right to claim the history of places and objects (Friday 29th April-Sunday 1st May); and on a similar tip, The Acquisitions Panel is an interactive performance by immersive theatre makers Fast Familiar, exploring the legacy of colonialism (Shipley Art Gallery, Saturday 30th April). On the final day at BALTIC (and online), award-winning duo Two Destination Language, alongside a host of local artists, host What If?, a party by and for optimists!

With much more going on besides, check out the festival’s website for full listings.

GIFT Festival takes place at various venues from Friday 29th April-Sunday 1st May.

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