Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year nominations

Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year finalists: Joseph Hillier, Magdalene Odundo and Wolfgang Weileder

A piece for the Great North Passion, a work made up of a thousand glass pieces and a nine-metre cone all caught the eye of the judges

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican , Sunday, April 5, 2015

Keith Hann: My Daddy is older than God

Journal columnist Keith Hann on his five-year-old son's revelation that his father is older than the celestial being

Freerunners at the Rush Cultural Spring project

Cultural Spring project has hundreds of people rushing to South Shields on Easter Sunday

Rush - the latest commission from the Arts Council-funded initiative - was a colourful dance spectacular featuring 150 performers

Iona, off the coast of Scotland

Good company and respite at a place where heaven and earth come close together

George Hepburn makes an Easter journey from the North East to the Iona Community off the coast of Scotland

Emlyn's chilli chocolate brownie

James Close challenges chefs to create recipes to use up leftover Easter chocolate

Rocky Road Squares, Billionaire Shortbread and Chilli Brownies were what the chefs at the Raby Hunt Restaurant came up with

There are plenty of egg hunts for kids to get involved in

Easter 2015: 10 things to do in the North East during the Easter holidays

From eggs hunts and egg rolls to Basil Brush and the Emerald City, there's a wealth of family fun stuff to make the holidays go in a flash

Zoe Birkett is playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard when it comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal

Zoe Birkett emotional at her success playing Whitney Houston's role in The Bodyguard Musical

Consett-born actress and singer Zoe Birkett can't wait to play in front of a home crowd at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Davey Babooram of Cafe Bowes, Barnard Castle

Café Bowes has a special way with a Teesdale lamb steak

Chef Davey Babooram shares his very special recipe for a mouth-watering lamb dish served at the Bowes Museum

Pictured from left Laura Jayne Burlison, Pia Castleton Annie Ball and Helen Cradock

The Feathers Inn is tickled by the rise of the brewsters

The achievements of women in the food and drink sector will be celebrated at a popular festival in Northumberland

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Folk award winners Roberts and Lakeman head for Seahouses B&B

The latest gig at an extraordinary guest house and live music venue will feature two of folk's most accomplished performers

Butcher Chris Green in his Longframlington shop

Weighing up what to put on your plate for Easter

Easter is traditionally the time for dining on spring lamb, but it’s at odds with the seasons. So what should you be eating? Jane Hall finds out

Cpl Amber Robson of 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron with an easter egg

North East's own artisan Easter Eggs put to the taste test

Foodwise, Easter is all about chocolate. We tested some locally handcrafted sweet treats with the help of 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron Air Training Corp

A couple outside an estate agent's window

Parts of Northumberland bucking trend for house sales

Parts of Northumberland including the Tyne Valley are bucking the trend in terms of house sales, an estate agent has claimed

Students arrive and leave flowers and photos in tribute to murdered teacher Ann Maguire

Bernard Trafford: Kneejerk reaction unwelcome in wake of teacher's murder

The murder of teacher Anne Maguire this week has shocked the country, yet extreme responses to the tragedy should be avoided

ASDA Store

Shops expecting high street sales to improve after improved trading

The high street's recovery is expected to step up a gear after CBI survey reveals sales are up on a year ago

The Sage Gateshead Music Centre with the Baltic

Review: St Matthew Passion at The Sage Gateshead

Rob Barnes went along to The Sage Gateshead to catch a compelling performance of St Mathew Passion

White Horse, part of the AniMotion Show at Durham Cathedral

Review: The AniMotion Show at Durham Cathedral

An inspiring marriage of art and music created something new and beautiful for Easter as David Whetstone reports

Carl Eales and Jonathan Fletcher take part in the Easter Monday wheelbarrow race in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland

Easter bank holiday sunshine gets region taking part in events

Sunshine smiled on the region for the Easter bank holiday and thousands of people across the region took part in events

Region's arts celebrated at BBC's Great North Passion event in South Shields

Cultural spotlight shines on the North East as community art is showcased live in BBC Easter broadcast the Great North Passion

Hand-reared flamingos are released in >> to the main enclosure at Washington Wetlands Centre, with help from Owen Joiner and volunteers

Newest arrivals welcomed to WWT Washington Wetland Centre

24 Chilean flamingo chicks moved in with their new family after being hand reared by humans

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