The Late Shows glow with brilliance as record numbers join fifth year of Newcastle campaign

By Culture24 Staff | 20 April 2011
A photo of a sign saying The Late Shows on railings in front of a historic building
Museums at Night 2011: The Late Shows, various venues, Newcastle, May 13 and 14 2011

In terms of size and sparkle, The Late Shows are unbeatable for Museums at Night.

From peace-pushing clubnights to cinemas, theatres, story centres and the imperious grandeur of one of the best museums in the land – the Great North Museum – venues on the Toon sing to the same tune for the annual campaign. Their fifth year is no different.

“The Late Shows’ real strength lies in the excellent collaboration of all the partners involve,” says Carol Bell, the Head of Culture and Major Events at the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, calling it a “fantastic” reward for a £200 million investment in cultural quarters around the city.

A record 46 venues will take part, handing out glowsticks and maps to visitors known to travel to Tyneside from far and wide for the self-styled culture crawl.

It’s more like the culture circus at the GNM, where a big top hosts juggling, plate-spinning and all the fun of the fair. BALTIC invites fans to down a drink while enjoying one of the best views of anywhere in the city from a box usually reserved for VIPs.

“On Friday only venues in Ouseburn Valley are opening so people can enjoy walking between them” adds Bill Griffiths, the manager of the meander.

“On Saturday evening we are running the free City SightSeeing buses again, linking places right across NewcastleGateshead. We want people to move around the venues and see as much as they possibly can over the two evenings.”

DJ sets and graffiti tags in Gateshead’s oldest church are the preserve of Sanctuary Art Space, and architectural enterprise is the theme for the 7pm-7am design challenge at Foundry Lane Studios in the valley.

New additions this year include tours of the Swing Bridge, an AV installation in Tyne Bridge Tower, a fresh destination in the form of the newly refurbished Gateshead Library and Caedmon Hall and more.

Smartphone wielders can also join in with a QR code trail around some sites, and Northern Architecture will be leading tours based on the structures which shape Tyneside.

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