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Monday 20 May 2024
20/05/2024

Music

Boxing Clever – Midnight Mass

I’m a pretty big Stephen King fan, and like all pretty big Stephen King fans I’m painfully aware that his books have a patchy record when it comes to transferring to film and TV. For every Shawshank Redemption there’s a Dreamcatcher and a Cell. For every Green Mile there’s a Firestarter and a Dark Tower. …

Out of Africa and into Toon

A colourful and vibrant event celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Africa is set to take place on May 25 at One Strawberry Lane in Newcastle.  This is Africa is a one-day family-friendly event promising to be filled with Afrobeats, flavourful culinary delights and an abundance of colour. Despite the long-standing history of African communities …

Culture digest

RIP Supergran The actress who blazed a trail for grandmothers everywhere has passed away. For people of a certain age (those of us who watched children’s telly in the 80s), Gudrun Ure was an absolute legend. The Scottish star of the Emmy Award-winning series, which followed the adventures of a super-powered, superhero pensioner, died this …

Culture digest

Sir Ridley Scott honoured at Windsor Castle Oscar-winning North East film director Sir Ridley Scott was awarded the Knight Grand Cross by the Prince of Wales for services to the UK film industry. The 86-year-old whose incredible career includes classic films such as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise and Gladiator was knighted in 2003 …

Orchestral manoeuvres in the North

I defy you not to be thrilled by Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. It is a defining icon of western music, an energetic, graceful and tactile masterpiece threaded through our cultural DNA. And this month you have not just one but three chances to hear it live in North East England: Royal Northern Sinfonia perform it …

Durham’s Fringe is growing

Five days.  Ninety shows. Two hundred and fifty performances.  A pretty impressive set of numbers coming out of the recent launch of the Durham Fringe Festival 2024. Taking place from July 24-28, the return of the burgeoning event has added another two venues to the mix, meaning proceedings will be taking place across eight stages …

Rebecca Ball is the new regional Arts Council boss 

Rebecca Ball, the Chief Executive of Sunderland Culture, has been appointed Arts Council England’s new Area Director for the North. She will take over from Sarah Maxfield who is stepping down in May following nearly 15 years with the organisation. The Arts Council’s North area covers the regions of the North East, Yorkshire and the …

Review: Baxter Dury at The Glasshouse

Although his talent deserves better – it’s almost impossible to review Baxter Dury without mentioning his dad. So let’s get that out of the way.  A mere 42 years, nine months and nine days ago, I watched Baxter’s dad, Ian, (and the Blockheads) play at the Rock on the Tyne Festival at Gateshead Stadium. I …

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