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The worlds of art and music come together as Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art hosts an epic closing party on Sunday 7th February for its Localism exhibition. The ambitious project, celebrating and telling the story of the history of art in Middlesbrough is given a suitably fitting finale as musical performances, making sessions and curator-led tours of the current shows bring the curtain down on a spectacular exhibition.

The bands in attendance are sure to wow the audiences as much as the exhibition at MIMA has, its eclectic mix of exhibits really showcasing the diverse history of culture and politics that Middlesbrough has. There are few better choices of bands to celebrate this energy than Kingsley Chapman and The Murder, dark and grandiose ballads full of enchanting melodies; it’s the ideal soundtrack to play out the close of this show. Three more of Teesside’s quirkiest bands round out the line-up as Old Muggins, fronted by BBC Tees’ very own Bob Fischer, bring some fun rockabilly sounds; which will lead perfectly in to The Alice Charmers’ upbeat bluegrass songs belting out banjo driven sing-a-longs; with Year of Birds providing twisted, chaotic punk influenced noise, the music too is a wonderful celebration of all that the region has to offer.

This special closing event takes place between 12pm and 6pm, and will also allow visitors to join in on a number of other activities including weaving workshops, decorating ceramics, or even joining in on singing a sea shanty alongside the world famous Marske Fishermen’s Choir.

The closing party for Localism takes place at MIMA, Middlesbrough on Sunday 7th February.

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