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lateshows19.jpg Better late than never

The annual late-night cultural crawl that everyone calls The Late Shows (because that’s its name) is back again this May.

This is the 13th year The Late Shows have been up and running and I haven’t missed one yet. And I certainly don’t intend to pass up on the 2019 incarnation because it’s packing the kind of thrills you people can only dream about.

If you’re not au fait (where have you been, etc) then you should know that 60 cultural venues across Tyneside are taking part this year and opening well into the evening for frivolousness and fancies.

The headline sponsor this year is The Biscuit Factory and they will be pulling out all the stops with something called ‘Glitter-arty’. This will feature a glorious melange of my three very favourite things in the world: contemporary art, literature and disco. Oh yeah!

Another highlight is sure to be at Northern Print who have a specially commissioned piece, Nicole Polonsky’s ‘Lighting Up Time’, a dynamic interactive installation inspired by the silent film era.

Historical actors The Time Bandits will be re-creating the court of Queen Anne in the streets of Ouseburn (yes, there will be duelling), while Gateshead Central Library will come alive with a GemArts Bollywood dance workshop, as well as a LEGO pit, live music, pop-up arts market and more.

You could spend the whole night in Commercial Union House, who will have six floors (SIX!) of art, music, performance and other good stuff, but I would definitely find time to visit the lower chambers of Castle Keep, which will be transformed into a medieval tavern complete with storytellers and sundry entertainers and ne’er do wells.

Beccy Owen is hosting a 1980s pop-up choir at Seven Stories, and Dance City will be providing free taster sessions in ballet and contemporary dance.

Naturally, we’re merely scratching the surface of everything that’s happening so check their website for the whole darn caboodle.

The Late Shows, Friday 17 & Saturday 18 May. thelateshows.org.uk