Newcastle-Gateshead to host Great Exhibition of the North

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has announced that Newcastle-Gateshead will host the Great Exhibition of the North.

Showcasing the great creative, cultural and design sectors in the city and across the whole of the North of England, Newcastle-Gateshead faced strong competition from a number of other bidding towns and cities, including the three other shortlisted bidders: Blackpool, Bradford and Sheffield.

The government is contributing £5 million solely towards the exhibition and a further £15 million into a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the Northern Powerhouse.

The exhibition will take place in the Summer of 2018, hoping to boost investment, tourism and a cultural legacy in the region. Planned events include three walking routes around Tyneside focusing on arts, design and innovation.

Bradley said: “The Great Exhibition of the North is fantastic news for Newcastle-Gateshead. It will showcase the dynamic arts, cultural and design scenes in the city and across the whole of the North.

“It’s so important that, regardless of where you’re from in the country, everyone is able to enjoy and access great culture. This cultural investment will bring enormous benefits to the region, including regeneration, increased tourism and cultural engagement. Congratulations to Newcastle-Gateshead on their successful bid - I’m excited to see what summer 2018 will bring.”

Carol Bell, culture and major events director at destination marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which led the development of NewcastleGateshead’s bid, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement and a testament to the creative and innovative bid we developed with the support of many venues, organisations, partners and stakeholders here in the North East.

“We now look forward to extending this partnership approach right across the North of England to shine a spotlight on our collective cultural assets and strengths. Together we will develop and stage an event that the whole of the North can be proud of and which we hope will have far-reaching benefits for culture, communities, tourism and businesses – in 2018 and beyond.”