Culture Magazine - August 2014

Putting this magazine together every month is an eye-opener. There’s always so much going on, particularly in the summer when, these days, one festival seems to blend seamlessly into the next

Heaton teenager gets summer camp place at prestigious Harvard University

A top student from Newcastle Sixth Form College is off to to one of America's most prestigious universities

Preview: Dancers prepare to impress the North East

Dance performances galore are taking place in Newcastle while Whitley Bay is Breakin' Conventions

Male dancers will get the chance of a lifetime to star in the latest Matthew Bourne ballet

Parts are up for grabs for twenty boys in Matthew Bourne's newest ballet production Lord of the Flies

Major dance showcase British Dance Edition heads for the North East

A major dance festival is heading for the North East and with it the prospect of an exciting new education facility as David Whetstone found out

Youngsters invited to follow in Ed Sheeran's footsteps

Youth Music Theatre are holding auditions on Tyneside this weekend on its talent trawl of 24 cities

Dance as an art form breaks down barriers in South Shields

Local breakdancers Bad Taste Cru have been caught on canvas for artist Emma Tooth's exhibition at The Customs House

Dramatic start to year as Queen's Hall springs into action

Dance, drama, film and music are all on offer in the Tyne Valley. Barbara Hodgson looks at the Queen's Hall's new season

Eliot Smith Dance Company celebrates move to Ouseburn with gala show

As Eliot Smith's dance company prepares to mark its move to a new home in Newcastle, Barbara Hodgson catches up with the man behind its success

Culture magazine - December 2013 / January 2014

The December/January edition of Culture magazine is out now. If you missed your copy in The Journal newspaper, you can read it online here

North East theatre groups receive £16,000 boost

Community theatre groups in the region have landed a windfall of £16,000 from a BBC charity set up to support grass roots talent across the country

Dancer and photographer combine for Newcastle exhibition

Photos of Kristin Kelly Abbott go on show in Tina Wotherspoon's first solo exhibition at Dance City in Newcastle

Newcastle's Dance City calls for new board members

Newcastle's Dance City is looking to appoint new "team players" to its board, supporting the executive team

Dirty Dancing masterclass thrills participants at Dance City

A Dirty Dancing masterclass held at Dance City in Newcastle gave participants the time of their lives running through moves from the famous film

New dance work inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels

Choreographer Vivien Wood tells David Whetstone about the inspiration for one of the main events of the Lindisfarne Gospels festival

Review: Auricular - Surface Area Dance Theatre at Baltic 39

David Whetstone caught a performance of Auricular which portrays three dancers’ emotions and experiences through movement, film and live music

North East torch bearers rewarded with honours

Dedicated people who work to make communities better in the North East have been recognised in a range of fields spanning from education to sport

Taking it to the streets

NAMING your dance school Urban Kaos means it does what it says.

Skin-deep beauty is given a whirl

THE dance company BalletLorent has presented us with many memorable spectacles over the past 10 years or so – but this month it just might put all previous efforts in the shade.

No compromise on quality or vision

SMALL enough to care, big enough to cope. The catchy little boast, which appears on the website of Superkrush, suggests an outfit which knows its way around the world of corporate films and advertising.

Rebecca has the time of her life...

IT’S been 20 years since Patrick Swayze first uttered the immortal line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” and it still has the same effect on women the world over.

How Jelly made a B-boy novice's head spin

SOMETIMES I question why I ever got into journalism. Having endured a lesson in Irish dancing for the sake of my profession some weeks ago, I foolishly assumed my trainee initiation period had lapsed and I was “one of the team”.

Stepping up at Dance City

PENNY Rae has been chosen to succeed Janet Archer as chief executive and artistic director of Dance City.

Good causes send support to bank

GOOD causes across the North-East which have benefited from cash from the Northern Rock Foundation yesterday came out to support the bank.

Personal journey to showcase blind talent

Hannah Davies speaks to a man whose battle against failing sight has prompted him to fight for awareness.

Real test for arts in next spending review

It is a credit to The Journal that its front page should be asking questions about the future commitment of Gordon Brown's Government to funding for the arts and museums.

New developments close city centre car parks

Two Newcastle city centre car parks are to close next month.

See if you click with castanets

Spanish passion set to warm rainy Newcastle this weekend. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr has the details

We didn't want staff to be killed by breathing it in

Don't you just hate those do-gooders! You can't do this; you can't do that; you can't do anything you enjoy anymore!

Dance supremo is heading for London

A prominent figure on the North-East arts scene, dance supremo Janet Archer is now taking her leave.

Time to book in for view of sensation

The Queen is among the many admirers of Gauri Sharma Tripathi.

Architectural accolade for Dance City

Three North-East buildings, including Newcastle's Dance City, have scooped prestigious awards for architecture.

Breakin' traditions of dance

An acclaimed Hip Hop dance festival is breaking out of London and into Newcastle as organiser Jonzi D explains to Tamzin Lewis.

Leap of faith pays off for Will

He's made a leap of faith from food science to ballet and won a place at a top performing arts school.

Lottery win snapped up

A £92,608 lottery prize that had gone unclaimed in the North-East has now been picked up.

Glimpse stars of the future

Some of Britain's brightest dancers are heading our way and you can be in the audience.

Brilliant opening is just the beginning

A multi-media contemporary dance piece dealing with life and death while incorporating film and live music is an ambitious one for a young choreographer.

Chancellor warned not to slash funding for culture

The leader of Newcastle City Council has written to Chancellor Gordon Brown to warn of the "damaging effect" of a cut in funding for cultural activities.

Discover how city is to be transformed

A number of significant office deals herald the start of a substantial period of activity in the city's so-called Discovery Quarter, says storeys:ssp director Neil Osbourne

Family tree

As part of our regular series looking at the management structure of North-East, we focus on Newcastle-based Hooked on Group, which runs the award-winning Blackfriars Restaurant and Café Peel at Dance City and also specialises in property development and restaurant consultancy.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer