Great North Festival (GNF)

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

GNF’s final meeting will be on September 17th, 2018.  Despite what it says to the right, it will finish at 7-30pm.  If you would like information about it and a copy of our final review, please send an email with name and address – see ‘Contact us’ page.  

Our Final Newsletter – No. 14 – was published on May 17th 2018.   The main article is about the innovation route of the Great Exhibition of the North and the start of the exhibition on June 22nd.  Read also David’s blog and the Jasmina Cibic exhibition.      

To read the Newsletter on line, click ‘Read more’ in the box, bottom right.     

Earlier Newsletters can be reached by going to the News page and clicking on the different Newsletters.  To read David’s blog, go to News and click the pages until you reach it.  


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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Newsletter 14

May 19, 2018

The Great Exhibition of the North starts on June 22nd.  GNF’s final Newsletter highlights the opening event, the different trails – art, design and innovation, especially innovation as that has been GNF’s main focus.  Read more Read More