The eagerly-anticipated event is now in full swing, ready to inspire legions of local art, design and innovation-lovers, and visitors, for a whole 80 days.
Hosted in and around Newcastle and Gateshead, the three-month long celebration will shine a light on the fantastic art and culture, design and innovation from across the North.
It will also tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present – and are inspiring our future.
Visitors can begin their journey at one of three iconic venues: Great North Museum, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead, all of which have their own exciting programmes of experiences.
Depending on time and interests, you can go on to enjoy all or part of the three trails – Innovation, Design and Art – through 30 world-class venues and public spaces on either side of the River Tyne.
“The Great Exhibition of the North represents a significant opportunity to showcase on a national and even international stage what NewcastleGateshead has to offer the many visitors who will attend this event,” says Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council.
“The Exhibition is one of several exciting projects in the area, which alongside our £220m development plans for an arena, conference and exhibition centre at Gateshead Quays, will highlight the can-do attitude of the people in the North to continually innovate and regenerate to the benefit of all who live, work and visit here.”
“It’s a big moment for Newcastle and Gateshead,” adds Kim McGuinness, Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture.
“We’re incredibly proud of our great northern city and this is our opportunity to show the world all that’s bright about a future in the North. The people here are known for their pride and hospitality, which will only add to the event as we welcome thousands of visitors to the city this summer.”
This evening, crowds will be immersed in a world of bands, choirs, dance, animation and street performances. There will be a performance from Mercury prize-nominated northern rock band, Maximo Park, and an appearance by renowned poet, Lemn Sissay, too, introducing his newly-created anthem for the North.
Visitors will also get to witness the UK’s largest water sculpture which, after dark, will turn on in sync with a stunning light display and specially-commissioned musical collaborations by Maximo Park and Kate Rusby with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Darkstar.
We’ll be there this evening, right in the middle of all the action, with live pics and tweets, so don’t forget to follow us @TheLuxeMagazine!
In the meantime, here’s a taste of what’s to come over the coming weeks. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite events – ones we think you, our lovely Luxe readers, will love.
Fancy giving one of the exciting trails a go? We have you covered! Here, we give you the low-down on the Exhibition’s Art, Design and Innovation adventures.