5 things your tweens will Love at The Late Shows 2019

The Late Shows Gateshead

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The Late Shows is back for 2019 on May 17th & 18th (this weekend!) between 7-11pm and we cannot wait to go along with the girls again. If you haven’t heard of The Late Shows before check out the website www.thelateshow.org.uk or read our blog from the Late Shows 2017…. to give you a flavour of the type of activities on offer. We loved the mix of culture, art, crafting & just popping in and out of some really cool venues that you take for granted. The girls love any excuse to stay up late in the dark, so it’s a winner for all!

We will be heading to the Ouseburn area to sample Newcastle’s offerings on the Friday evening, moving in South of the Tyne to Gateshead on Saturday.

The event is sponsored for the first time this year by The Biscuit factory who say that

“As a local cultural business, we are motivated to engage and encourage
interaction with the arts within our region and beyond which is why supporting The Late Shows for us is so important”

Rachel Brown, General Manager of The Biscuit Gallery

1. Getting Glitter-arty

The Late Shows Newcastle

This year The Biscuit Factory will be presenting Glitter-arty. Think Glitter, Disco and Contemporary Art.

We’re really looking forward to catching the closing of Vic Reeves’ Exhibition. Being huge Vic fans, we’re interested to see a different side to the comedian, from his outlandish TV Productions.
Forum Books will be BANGING out the tunes on a book inspired Silent Disco. OK not banging out the tunes! There’ll also be a pop-up book shop.

There will be FREE glitter face painting and themed cocktails.

2. Bollywood & More at Gateshead Library

The Late Shows

Gateshead Central Library will come alive with GemArts Bollywood Dance Workshops. Try one of the most famous, fun modern dance styles from Indian Bollywood Film, fusing Indian classical dance, folk dance, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Salsa, Jazz and Belly Dancing! Dance sessions run from 7:15pm – 10:50pm in 30 minute sessions.

Gateshead Library’s Digital Team will be showing you how to create an interactive scene from your favourite book. Hook up a Makey Makey and program it to play music when you touch it.

Thought Foundation presents Cardboard City – Caedmon Hall!
If you an up and coming architect or constructor. Contribute to the city and make your mark. From our past experience, our kids can get absorbed in this task.

Bricks McGee will be presenting a LEGO pit. Abigail has recently Really got into LEGO and we’ve worked on some cool builds together. Dive into the pit and build whatever your imagination guides you to do.

There’ll also be Live Music, pop up art market, artist-led demonstrations and visitors can get creative with animation and photomontage.

3. Twi-Lates

On both nights there will also be Twi-Lates from 4-7pm, with events targeted at 12-17 year olds as independent visitors or with their families.

Seven Stories from the Ouseburn

Seven Stories (Ouseburn) – “Beccy Owen’s Pop-Up Choir” Join in and be counted in this fun musical experience featuring the unforgettable songs of the 80s.

Alphabetti Theatre (St James’ Blvd)– Live music and poetry in the café area plus Improv comedy games from 6-7pm.

Dance City (5pm-7pm) (Temple St) – Fancy dipping your toes into Ballet and contemporary dance? Dance City is providing free taster sessions in ballet and contemporary dance. You’ll also the chance to see professionals from a North East dance company rehearse in the theatre.

4. Dynamix Skate Park

Scooters - Dynamix Skate Park

Newcomers for this year are Dynamix Skatepark (Albany Rd Junction, Gateshead). Here you’ll get a chance to try out BMX, Skateboarding, Trampoline and Aerial Circus.
We’ve never actually been here before and we’re curious about what this place is all about, so this is a great chance to have a look.

5. Staying up late!

The Late Shows Newcastle

Our kids love any excuse to stay up after their bed time, and after a week of SATS testing for Imogen (that’s another blog post!) I think she will love heading out after dark for some family fun. Although this is about the tweens one of the best things for grown-ups is to have a night out without the need for a babysitter! Bring on the cocktails and culture.

We hope we have convinced you to make a plan


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