Great Exhibition of the North 22 June - September 2018

The Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences.

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This once in a lifetime, must-see event is free and family friendly. Opening with the spectacular ‘Get North’ event on the 22nd June, it finishes in style with the world-famous Great North Run and the powerful ‘Creating the Future’ closing weekend on 8th and 9th September.

Explore the stunning cityscape of NewcastleGateshead and discover the dynamic story of the North of England – how its innovators, artists and designers shaped our present and are inspiring our future.

Exhibition science & tech

Visitors can begin their journey at any of the three iconic hubs – BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead or Great North Museum: Hancock, connected by three trails: the Get North Art Trail, Get North Design Trail and Get North Innovation Trail.  NewcastleGateshead’s world-class venues and unique outdoor spaces will showcase exciting ideas from across the North.

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Photo competition

The Great Exhibition of the North has teamed up with the Northern Powerhouse to encourage you to get behind the lens and capture the essence of what makes the North ‘Great’.

Prizes include a trip for a family of four to NewcastleGateshead during the Great Exhibition of the North next year with spending money and £500 worth of art supplies for schools.

Entries for the competition are now closed.

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Opportunities for businesses

Great Exhibition of the North 2018 will provide a range of exciting opportunities for businesses.

We would be delighted to discuss these opportunities with you and the part your business can play in driving the ongoing success of the North.

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NewcastleGateshead Initiative is the lead delivery partner for Great Exhibition of the North, working closely with colleagues at Tyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsBALTIC Centre for Contemporary ArtSage Gateshead, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and a board chaired by Sir Gary Verity.

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