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Newcastle’s Juice Festival 2012 – celebrating performance, music and art

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Juice Festival final parade

Juice Festival final parade in 2011

Juice, NewcastleGateshead’s award-winning festival for children and young people, returns in October half-term for ten days of performance, music, art and Halloween themed fun for all the family.

Taking place from Friday 26 October – Sunday 4 November 2012, Juice Festival events can be found in venues, attractions and open air locations across NewcastleGateshead. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Seven Stories, the Centre for Children’s Books, The Sage Gateshead and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums will all be taking part in this year’s festival which promises inspiring events for children and young people of all ages.

Rachel Adam, Director of Juice Festival, said: “What makes this festival so special is that it has children and young people at its heart. Young people are involved as creative artists, event managers and volunteers, working alongside national and international artists.

“NewcastleGateshead has a network of world class cultural venues and organisations who work in partnership to help deliver the festival and ensure the destination as a whole has a warm family friendly welcome during October half-term.”

Highlights in this year’s programme include:

Art Jam – Saturday 27 October, The Sage Gateshead, admission free. Join some of the top names in the UK graffiti scene to make your mark on NewcastleGateshead’s 320ft legal art wall. Tucked just behind The Sage Gateshead, this year’s Art Jam event will include Clothing Customisation Workshops as well as Sketch Book Workshops for budding illustrators.

Little Universe – Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November, Saltwell Park, Gateshead, free. From the biggest of galaxies to the smallest things in the world, Little Universe reveals the patterns and movements that set everything in motion. Visually striking and playful, Fevered Sleep presents a brand new performance for 3 to 5 year olds, created especially for the outdoors. After the performance, children can join a professional artist to create their own ‘little universe’ to take home.

Halloween ‘After Hours’ and Pumpkin Carving –  Wednesday 31 October, The Discovery Museum; Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 October, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Halloween ‘After Hours’: Ticketed Pumpkin Carving: free. Juice Festival celebrates the arrival of Halloween with ‘after hours’ spooky trails around The Discovery Museum and Halloween themed craft activities. Perfect for young ghosts and ghouls, who knows what they’ll meet in the dark corridors at night.

BALTIC’s popular Pumpkin Carving workshops continue – Wwith a thousand pumpkins ready to be carved for in time for Halloween. A special Halloween-themed multi-sensory room for children with disabilities will also be available delivered by community organisation, Sensory Spaces.

Juice Festival Finale; The Dragons Parade – Sunday 4 November, Baltic Square, free. The Juice Festival dragon eggs have hatched and baby dragons are on the loose across NewcastleGateshead. Join us as we go in search of our mythical friends and lead them back to their family who are waiting for them on the River Tyne. Fancy dress is a must for the Juice Festival Dragon Parade, which also features live music from young musicians from The Sage Gateshead. The Dragons Parade is created by Unfolding Theatre, working with children from two primary schools in NewcastleGateshead.

Now in its fifth year, Juice continues to deliver a programme of events that celebrate the creativity of children and young people as well as bringing together many of NewcastleGateshead’s cultural venues and organisations into one special youth arts festival.

Juice – NewcastleGateshead’s award-winning festival for children and young people takes place from Friday 26 October – Sunday 4 November 2012. The 10 day festival showcases outstanding work created by children and young people as well as a family friendly programme delivered by regional, national and international artists – including a special focus on children with learning disabilities. Please visit: www.juicefestival.co.uk for full details.

Juice is developed and produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative as part of its festivals and events programme.

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