The Late Shows

The region's cultural venues open after dark

THE NORTH East’s legendary culture crawl, The Late Shows, is returning to 
Newcastle and Gateshead this month and is bigger and better than ever. 
On the evenings of Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 from 7pm onwards, 
more than 50 of the most popular cultural attractions across Newcastle and 
Gateshead will open their doors after hours to entertain nocturnal culture lovers 
with a range of exhibitions, events and activities. 
Any visitors looking to immerse themselves in a wide range of culture are 
welcome – free of charge – and with free City Sightseeing buses linking up venues 
on the Saturday night there will be no problems in experiencing as many venues as 
possible. 
The warm-up event will take place on the Friday with a special programme of 
events exclusively in the Ouseburn Valley. On the Saturday, museums, galleries and 
heritage sites will stay open late right across Newcastle and Gateshead. 
There really will be something for everyone! Visitors to the Ouseburn Valley will 
be able to step into an intriguing cabinet of curiosities at Mushroom Works, try their 
hand at Raku firing at The Biscuit Factory or take part in a round the world printing 
challenge at Northern Print. 
For the art lovers, the new contemporary art gallery, BALTIC 39, will be open 
after hours for the first time. And for those who want to stay up even later, The Late 
Shows will return once again with Tyneside Cinema, Star & Shadow Cinema, The 
Sage Gateshead, World Headquarters and Northern Stage all offering special events 
and discounted tickets from 9pm until the wee hours. 
To find out more, visit www.thelateshows.org.uk or find The Late Shows 
on Twitter, Flickr or Facebook. 
 


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