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Business Improvement District company, NE1 announces a range of exciting installations, activities and exhibits that will be taking place across Newcastle this Summer. Some have already begun to appear, with many attractions opening on 16 July, and events, installations and activities being layered on top of this throughout the next few weeks. 

Ben Whitfield, Head of Marketing and Events at NE1 explains more, “The aim of NE1’s Summer in the City programme is to take people on a journey across Newcastle, giving them new, exciting, and different things to see and do, and appealing to all ages and interest groups. Instead of hosting one or two large events that would bring crowds into the city at specific times, we have curated a summertime programme that will spread the fun and will remain in place for the duration of the summer. People will have the chance to enjoy the activities at their own pace, in their own time and can return as often as they like.”

Taking place is NE1’s Screen On The Green, which has already been screening this Summer’s sporting events and continues from 26th July until 5th September with classic movies, family favourites and new Hollywood blockbusters all to be enjoyed throughout the school holidays with two free movies each day.

Also taking place from 26th July is Play Rebellion in Old Eldon Square, which sees NE1 team up with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and artist Pippa Hale to commission a new set of ‘PlayShapes’ continuing the creativity seen in Hale and BALTIC’s recent  Play Rebellion exhibition. It features Sixteen, 1m cubes which break down into steps, triangles, polygons, rectangular prisms, and cylinders and can be enjoyed in Old Eldon Square throughout the school summer holidays. 

Keeping with the art theme, NE1 has commissioned internationally renowned 3-D street artists 3D Joe & Max to create a show-stopping pavement commission on the Quayside (starts 12th July) and a second vertical piece on the front of the container that houses Screen on the Green at Old Eldon Square. 

Alongside that, Internationally renowned artist, Tim Gresham, otherwise known as the artist ‘Mr. Penfold’, will be creating a 75-metre-long pavement vinyl from 19th July. 

NE1 will be creating a series of outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy, including making the most of the Quayside waterfront by creating a linear park filled with installations and exhibitions along its length, as well as a huge urban garden located between the Tyne and the Millennium bridges.

Past The Pitcher & Piano there will be a destination area incorporating a Light Park and artistic installations. Central to the park will be Wave-Field created by CS Design and Lateral Office with soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama, a fun installation for everyone featuring eight giant see-saws, four large and four small, which light up and emit a unique sound sequence while people interact with them. They will be free to use and will be operational between 9am – 9pm. 

This will be surrounded by illuminated seating including 8 Loop lights, doughnut shaped seats from Denmark, together with light-up swivel chairs and dichroic installations designed and built by raskl – an art and architectural company based in the Ouseburn.

Alongside the physical installations that will make the city a more pleasant place to stop and dwell and provide ideal images for photographs and social media posts, NE1 is launching a city-wide activity programme, including walking tours and historic talks from local operator, Iles Tours.

There will also be a variety of family activities (including outdoor games, fairground rides and world record attempts), cultural pop ups, behind-the-scenes’ access to some of the city’s historic and interesting buildings and water activities on the Tyne.

Ben Whitfield adds, “We hope NE1’s Summer in The City programme will encourage people to rediscover the city, to visit places they have never been before and to make the most of the free, family-friendly activities that will run throughout the school summer holidays.  

“We want to remind people who may not have visited Newcastle in a while of all that the city has to offer and demonstrate the huge, transformational improvements that have been made while they’ve been away. During lockdown the city has changed for the better and now is the perfect time to enjoy summer in the city.”

For full details of the Summer in the City timetable visit; 

Wave-Field. Photo By Chris Payne

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