Sophie Dishman

Sunderland to celebrate Chinese New Year

Sunderland to celebrate Chinese New Year

The city of Sunderland will be hosting its first ever Chinese New Year celebrations to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.  A full programme of events including an appearance by dragons and traditional lion dancing will take place at Keel Square on Sunday, Feb 7, with the hope that hundreds of families will turn up and enjoy […]

 Sophie Dishman

Preview: Sunderland Then And Now display

Preview: Sunderland Then And Now display

Sunderland: Then And Now display begins at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Saturday, December 19.  The exhibition is a display of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the city’s collection illustrating how the city has developed over the centuries. It shows views across Sunderland from the 1700s until the present day. Displays include […]

 Sophie Dishman

Natalie Bennett – “This Government really doesn’t get culture.”

Natalie Bennett – “This Government really doesn’t get culture.”

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party spoke about climate change at a recent event at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. She spoke to Sophie Dishman about the arts and culture sector in Britain, the Spending Review cuts and the impact of leaving the EU on the sector. S: What do you think of […]

 Sophie Dishman

Creative Futures Launch

Creative Futures Launch

On Monday November 23, four students from the University of Sunderland went to the House of Commons for the Creative Futures launch.  Creative Futures: Ten Steps to Support A Creative Economy is a report put together by Million+. It highlights the success of the creative industry within the UK and shows how universities can underpin the success […]

 Sophie Dishman

Opinion: What does the Autumn Statement say about culture?

Opinion: What does the Autumn Statement say about culture?

The arts and culture sector was included in the Autumn Statement that was announced on Thursday November 26.  Britain was recognised for being “brilliant at culture as well as science” in the statement. In his speech, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “One of the best investments we can make as a nation is in our […]

 Pamela Bilalova

Farewell to the Monty: photographer Nat Wilkins explores last mine in Northumberland

  Words and photos by Pamela Bilalova and Stela Taneva   Solo Arts Exhibition welcomed Nat Wilkins and his latest documentary project in Holmeside coffee last night. The exhibition consists of 20 photographs, exploring one of the last privately owned mines high up in the North Pennies. “I think it’s really interesting, it’s the last […]

 Sophie Dishman

Review: Dreamboats and Miniskirts

Review: Dreamboats and Miniskirts

Dreamboats and Miniskirts came to the Sunderland Empire Theatre on Monday October 26 for its opening night in Sunderland. The theatre performance comes as a sequel to the very successful Dreamboats and Petticoats, that toured the UK back in 2014. The acclaimed West End show follows on from its predecessor, Dreamboats and Petticoats. The characters […]

 Sophie Dishman

Review and Interviews from NGCA Presents

Review and Interviews from NGCA Presents

The National Gallery for Contemporary Arts held their NGCA Presents open mic night on Thursday October 22. The event was originally set up so that people could talk “about anything they wanted to” said curator for the gallery, George Vasey. It provides creative people in Sunderland with a “platform [to] talk about their work” as […]

 Sophie Dishman

An Interview with the NGCA Presents Organisers

An Interview with the NGCA Presents Organisers

The second NGCA Presents open mic night happened on Thursday October 22 with over 25 people attending. The event which was hosted by the National Gallery for Contemporary Art was held at Holmeside Coffee gave people the opportunity to hear about what creative people are doing in Sunderland and allowed people to network with other […]

 Ellen McGann

¡VAMOS! Festival – The Region-Wide Celebration Of Latin Culture Returns!

¡VAMOS! Festival – The Region-Wide Celebration Of Latin Culture Returns!

¡VAMOS! Festival returns for 2014 between Friday 6 and Sunday 22 June with events celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures across North East England. The line-up for this year’s festival has now been announced, and it promises to provide you with a host of exciting guests. As ever, you can expect a truly vibrant array […]