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For information about the Great Exhibition of the North follow the link: 

Our Newsletter – No. 13 – was published on February 22nd, 2018.   The main article is about the new Cheryl Trust Centre in Newcastle from which the Princes’ Trust will now operate.  There is also a preview of what is to happen at the Great Exhibition.  David’s blog is about the recent Venture Fest.    

To read the Newsletter on line, click ‘Read more’ in the box, bottom right.   To subscribe to the Newsletter, go to ‘Contact us’, towards the bottom right and enter your particulars.   

Earlier Newsletters can be reached by going to the News page and clicking on ‘Great North Festival Newsletter’.  To read David’s blog, go to News – page 3.


Here at GNF we are delighted to extend our support to the team delivering the Great Exhibition of the North 2018, which we hope will fulfill our aims;to celebrate innovation, bring hope to the North and reach young people. Below GEN has compiled a short Q&A about the Exhibition, more information can be found on the official website 

When does it take place?
22 June – September 9, 2018

Are there opportunities to get involved?
Yes – from corporate sponsorship and supplier opportunities through to a volunteering programme and schools engagement programme – there are lots of ways to get involved. The biggest thing you can do is help to spread the word, put the dates firmly in your diaries and ask friends and family from far afield to fix their holidays to coincide so they don’t miss out. It will be a great time to visit NewcastleGateshead. You can sign up to hear news and updates about the opportunity you’re interested in here:

You can become involved by looking at our ‘inspired by’ programme:

You can download the brand toolkit:

If you would like to volunteer, go to:

Who is behind the event?
In October 2016, NewcastleGateshead was selected to host the Great Exhibition of The North following a competitive bidding process. NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) led the bid and is the lead delivery partner for the Exhibition, working closely with colleagues at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, BALTIC, Sage Gateshead, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and a project board chaired by Sir Gary Verity.

Who is funding the Exhibition?
UK Government launched a competition for a destination to host the Great Exhibition of the North with a £5m delivery fund. Further funding has been found through sponsorship and additional funding bids.


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February 22, 2018

The |Great Exhibition of the North begins on June 22nd.  Read a preview of what is to happen – with news of current projects and innovation.  Read more Read More