Great North Festival (GNF)

Our AGM on Saturday May 27th is also to be a conference on what inspires the North East – as a preparation for the Great Eshibition of the North – see below.  Our conference speakers are

Anna Round – Senior Research Fellow, IPPR North

Hans Moller – Innovation Director of the North East LEP

John Marshall – Chairman Newcastle/Gateshead Initiative Board.

To book, click on ‘Looking to the Future’ in the box to the right, or go to the Events page and sign up to come.  It will be at the Newcastle University Student Union Building, 10am to 1-30pm.

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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 2018 (the closing date is still to be confirmed) 

Can I get involved in suggesting or creating content?
The organisers would love to hear ideas from across the entire North, which is why they’ve launched an open call inviting responses from performers, visual artists, architects, musicians, scientists, engineers, inventors, writers, creatives, thinkers, designers and digital makers to the ideas and themes of the Great Exhibition and propose an outstanding idea. It’s a great opportunity, so make sure you connect and share the call out with your creative friends and family.

Are there other 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:

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 is being sought through sponsorship and additional funding bids.


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February 16, 2017

Our newsletter focuses on Sunderland Software Centre – and includes information about our coming AGM and Conference – May 27th, 2017 at Newcastle University Students’ Union Building.  Read more     Read More