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After Hours Culture with The Late Shows

May 19, 2013 in Art and Culture 2


If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my decade as an honorary Geordie it’s that the North East is an absolute hot bed of creative talent! Over the last two days, you couldn’t fail to notice the talents of our inspiring artistic community as The Late Shows took place across NewcasleGateshead.

A record number of museums and galleries opened their doors after hours to give us a cultural experience like no other. There was Bollywood glamour at the Great North Museum, a ‘human library’ at Gateshead Central Library, giant installations at the Discovery Museum and quirky arcade games at Ouse Street Arts Club.

I’m barely scratching the surface of the amazing line-up of events that enthralled and impressed visitors over the last couple of days!

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Bill Griffiths, project manager for The Late Shows, said:

“The Late Shows is now into its seventh year, and still the programme is as original and imaginative as when we first started, if not more so – the creativity and diversity of the events created by the cultural community on our doorstep is mind-blowing!

Where else in the UK can you take tea in the oldest dining room in Britain, see a fire show and puppet makers, play an Enid Blyton quiz and traverse the old coal transport tunnels beneath Newcastle – all in the space of an evening?”

Did you venture out on after hours culture crawl this weekend? If so I’d love to know what you got up to, please share your experiences of the Late Shows below.

By Rachel Kershaw

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The late shows are an amazing idea and such good fun, I have been going to them since they started.

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[…] The Late Shows is a free culture crawl around Newcastle and Gateshead with many popular museums and galleries that are normally closed in the evening opening their doors after hours on a Friday and Saturday night. Many of the venues you’re invited to explore are in Ouseburn, a creative corner of Newcastle that is also home to some of the cities best pubs so why not combine it with a beer crawl too! To learn a little more about Late Shows, check out my blog post from 2013 HERE […]