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This weekend, GIFT comes back to Gateshead bringing exciting and innovative theatre and thought-provoking discussion to a whole host of venues south of the river.

First established in 2011, by theatre maker and Northumbria University lecturer Kate Craddock – , the festival has since gone from strength to strength, bringing theatre makers to together from all over the UK, Europe and the wider world, with a focus on programming events which wouldn’t usually be seen in the region.

From a walking tour workshop by site-specific theatre artist Simone Kenyon – , to work-in-progress sharings, and from organised Lunchtime Talks in Prohibition Bar, to a full compendium of performances from Switzerland, Germany, Italy and elsewhere, from Birmingham-based BE Festival – , GIFT has it all.

There are also family activities, notably the Noise Lab events being held at the Baltic on Friday, as well as full-blown parties brought from the likes of the new and vibrant North-East collective PUG – to F*ck The Houseband, a punk-band without a band, in which everyone’s encouraged to join in/

Other venues include St. Mary’s Heritage Centre, Caedmon Hall, The Old Police House and The Central; a fine collection of haunts spread across the town which show that Gateshead deserves its place on the North East map.

“From performances in the metro station, the parks, disused shops on Gateshead High Street, and down by the river, GIFT can be found all over Gateshead, connecting Gateshead quays with the town centre and residential areas.”

This is not one to be missed – take a look at the whole venue program here.

Split over three days, many of the events are free, and some shows are PWYF. For the paid shows, there are individual prices listed, though a pass for the whole festival will only set you back £40 (£25 concession), which given the scope of what’s on offer doesn’t seem too shabby in the slightest!

If you’re curious about what GIFT have got up to in the past, you can also check out video summaries of previous festivals on their Vimeo, here.

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