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Best Event Tyneside Award: Enchanted Parks

THE second coming of Enchanted Parks offered a free evening of artistic delights and discoveries along an illuminated winter trail spread throughout Gateshead’s Saltwell Park.

WINNER: Enchanted Parks

Enchanted Parks

THE second coming of Enchanted Parks offered a free evening of artistic delights and discoveries along an illuminated winter trail spread throughout Gateshead’s Saltwell Park.

Thousands of lucky visitors enjoyed an after-dark winter walk in a fairystory-inspired wonderland. The basic concept was to allow a group of artists to transform an area of park in response to a collective theme: stories of wintertime, which suitably inspired the 20 or so artists involved to create great work.

There were trees wrapped up warm in multi-coloured woollen stockings, Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees, the first meeting of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf; an Ice Queen in her palace and a bandstand filled with snow flakes faces ... and that really is only an icy slice of what was on offer.

FINALIST: EAT!

A fleet of trawlers sailing down the River Tyne signalled the start of the 2008 Eat! festival.

The fishermen were delivering their catch of the day to an army of chefs from top local restaurants waiting on the Quayside to turn it into special suppers.

Fish on the Tyne, which spanned a weekend, served as a worthy starter for the second Eat! NewcastleGateshead food festival which ran throughout May.

The festival showcased the best of our region’s produce and culinary delights from shops, restaurants and hotels.

Throughout the festival, people were presented with a menu of delicious opportunities, including the chance to forage for their suppers; sample the delights of the Food Heroes Market; dine out in the dark; go for a meal in the Secret restaurant; try out a slice of a giant Angel of the North cake and find out the 10 Things to Eat Before They Die.

FINALIST: Shipley Lates

Following the success of The Late Shows, when selected North-East galleries and museums opened out of hours one Saturday night in May 2008, the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead decided to embrace the fun of night-time opening, and so the Shipley Lates were born.

Offering a series of events to encourage visitors to enjoy the gallery in “sophisticated style”, each was designed to complement the new Designs for Life gallery. Wallpaper, Out of China, Africa and Lighting were the chosen themes – each explored on the last Friday of the month throughout the summer.

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