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At the end of May cinema, music and fun & games festival Tour De Moon heads out on the road and sees the sustainable Moon Convoy stopping at Newcastle between 27th-30th May. The event is one of 10 major creative projects commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, which is taking place across the UK’s to showcase creative collaboration and offer free large-scale events, installations and globally accessible digital experiences, and an extensive learning programme.

The Moon Convoy features huge floats and interactive elements starting with a large rotating moon that appears and disappears at night with further interactive and ultra-violet experiences – expect cosmic transformations through live music and DJ sets, a full size replica of nine metre-long Archie The Squid who resides at The Natural History Museum, talks, film screenings, an inflatable game designed with the help of scientists at NASA SSERVI and the SETI Institute, a 9 piece Arkestra and a larger than life red phone through which visitors can talk to the Moon. It’s an absolute feast for the senses.

Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun, creative director of Tour De Moon and artist and filmmaker adds…
“Our main objective of Tour de Moon is to prompt radical imagination, support pluralistic thinking so to offer alternative futures developed by and with youths. With this festival we decided to redistribute our funding and to use our platform to celebrate the nightlife sector and young adults – demographics which have been hit especially hard by the impacts of Covid and funding cuts over the last few years.”

“Tour de Moon travels with the night, seeking new beginnings to empower others to create, initiate and innovate with new thinking and pluralistic practices so that history does not repeat itself on and beyond Earth.” 

Tickets for the event are free. You can book yours and check out the full lineup here.

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