The Intriguing Story of freed slave Ayuba Suleiman Diallo will be revealed at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery when it displays his portrait by William Hoare from October until March 2013. The portrait is on long term loan to the National Portrait Gallery and is touring only three venues in Britain. The event is part of Black History Month October 2012.
Fans of local history and architecture of the North East of England can look forward to a special weekend in September when Heritage Open Days 2012 takes place. From Sept. 6 – 9 2012 hundreds of magnificent buildings and old structures will be open to the public. There’s be lots of activities and events too, including walks and exhibitions.
A fantastic line-up of festivals and events is in store at Newcastle Gateshead this year. It will be a summer of celebrations. Some of the stand-out events are the urban music festival Evolution; Olympic Football at St James’ Park; an exciting line-up at unique; EAT!
Thisisnorthumberland.com is increasing and broadening its focus to reflect user feedback. The change will also reflect travel patterns of visitors to the region. The new focus will include an added section on Newcastle-Gateshead, because people who live their regularly enjoy weekend breaks in Northumberland and the Borders.
The eighth Gateshead International Jazz Festival is set for next spring and will feature Jazz from across the globe. It is the first festival of the Jazz season in the UK jazz calendar. Star Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca will open the festival in the magnificent Hall One.
The Turner Prize exhibition has finally opened at Gateshead’s Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts. After much anticipation and excitement, the exhibition is in the North East of England. It shows a sculpture made of cellophane and Vaseline, paintings of a council estate, a video installation featuring the moon and tower blocks, and a wastepaper bin are part of the display of artworks by the four artists in the running for this year’s prestigious Turner Prize. This is the first time the exhibition and ceremony have been held outside a Tate venue.