22 June – September
Science and industry meet art and design for the Great Exhibition of The North, a one-off celebration of everything that’s great about the north of England. Expect a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting-edge culture and magical experiences, set to the overarching theme of ‘The Blazing World – The Fires of Invention’. The opening weekend, ‘Get North‘, is the event’s first headline moment and the opening ceremony at the NewcastleGateshead Quayside will feature a bridge of illuminated drones over the River Tyne. The closing weekend promises a powerful Creating the Future theme. Throughout the Great Exhibition, visitors will be able to explore NewcastleGateshead’s dynamic cityscape on three themed walking routes: the ‘Seeing in Wonder’ art route, ‘Thinking in Style’ design route, and ‘Dreaming in WOW’ innovation route. Meanwhile, the BALTIC art gallery will invite five northern and five international artists to create work on the exhibition’s themes. The Great Exhibition will also be celebrated across the north of England: Manchester has a number of events planned, including a series of water sculptures that are activated every day throughout the exhibition, a two-mile-long soundscape, and a Story of the North in 100 objects, with one object profiled each day in the run up to the exhibition launch.