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Art Editorial

lateshows18.jpg Here is the Late news

Over 60 venues across Tyneside are involved in this year’s Late Shows, which once again will be packed with the kind of after-hours action that has made it one of the cultural highlights of the year.

Yes, this really is one of the cultural highlights of the year but it’s also just so much damn fun too offering punters the chance to do everything from exploring tunnels deep beneath the city to getting involved in a huge collaborative painting inspired by the works of Sean Scully and the sounds of the 1970s (find this at the Laing Art Gallery).

Northern Print will be holding a street party while the long awaited reopening of the Star and Shadow Cinema on Warwick Street will take place (hooray!) with a special night of music and short film screenings. There will be street performances (Time Bandits will recreate the gothic chill of Victorian Whitechapel where they will be on the hunt for Jack…) and plenty of events taking place in pubs (including Nowt Special hosting its fifth event celebrating local artists at Tyne Bank Brewery).

Curious Arts has commissioned light artist Stuart Langley to re-imagine the red ribbon symbol in Baltic Square, while Gateshead Central Library will be celebrating the 200thanniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in an after-dark special.

As ever there will be ample chances to get involved in making your own creations (including the Kiln Pottery Studio who will help you make your own ceramic masterpiece celebrating the Angel of the North’s 20thbirthday) and pop-events by the score (Alphabetti Theatre will be serving up a night of music, mayhem and more with bands, poetry and performance).

There will be Mediaeval chanting at The Cathedral Church of St Mary (and a Mediaeval tavern at Newcastle Castle), dance and film at Dance City, Lego building at Discovery Museum, oodles of guided tours (discover the inner workings of the Swing Bridge), toffee apples, candyfloss and fairground games at Globe Gallery, and a Suffragette party at The Hub. 

There will also be family stuff, The Late Late Shows with parties well into the night, and free bus services and accessible taxis available to move visitors between venues. The full programme can be wolfed down at the website, below.

The Late Shows, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May. 7pm until late. thelateshows.org.uk