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Our Newsletter – No. 12 – was published on November 16th.   After the summer edition, this is two pages, following Virgin East Coast’s decision to become a partner with the Great Exhibition of the North.  The main article is about the coming Azuma trains – David’s blog describes a visit to Heighington Station, a matter of yards from  Hitachi which makes the Azuma trains. 

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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

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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Newsletter 12

November 22, 2017

The Great Exhibition of the North – which starts on June 22nd – now has Virgin East Coast as a partner.  GNF’s latest Newsletter majors on the new Azuma trains which are to come to the East Coast mainline next year.  Read more Read More