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Executive Producer Ben Dickenson
Curators Posey Jowett & Annalisa Burratti
City of Dreams Young Champions Board
NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues

Sharing stories from 11,000 children and young people, Our City Our Story is a powerful new insight into the experience of growing up in NewcastleGateshead. 

Organised by City of Dreams, this event will fill Live Theatre with films, music, maps, poetry, Instagram soundwaves, theatre, art, virtual reality, and more – all made by young people, about young people.

There is something to see from every corner of our city. Each tells a different story. Together they show us what really matters to under 25s on Tyneside. There will be an exhibition in the rehearsal room, short films in the studio,  installations in the undercroft, and performances in the theatre. Guided tours are available throughout the afternoon from our Young Champions. 

Contributors include:  Live Theatre, Northern Stage, Tyneside Cinema, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Dance City, Sage Gateshead, CoMusica, Music Spark, Gem Arts, Newcastle Arts Team, Seven Stories, Young Women’s Film Academy, Hotspur School, Dyanmix, Skimstone Arts, New Writing North, Discovery Museum, L:Ink, Arts Connect, The Angelou Centre, Youth Focus North East, West Jesmond School, Heaton Manor School, Excelsior Academy, Cardinal Hume School, CHAT Trust, Konnect, Children North East, Streetwise, Brash, Northumbria University, Unfolding Theatre.

Supported by The Gillian Dickinson Trust

“City of Dreams is about giving a voice to young people so they can tell their story, tell the older generation what they want the world to look like.”

Kirsty Lang, BBC broadcaster and journalist

City of Dreams introductory video

Free, no booking required

Our City Our Story

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
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