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Culture Awards 2009: Best Event Tyneside



Winner - Juice Festival

ALTHOUGH the inaugural Juice Festival officially happened in 2008, there was a definite sense that it really found its identity in 2009.

While the pilot festival had spread itself across seven weeks of the autumn or 2008, the return event offered more programmed proceedings over a shorter space of time. This was a Juice concentrate, if you will, and made last year's October half-term a lot more interesting than the norm.

There were nine-year-olds giving haircuts; teenagers writing poetry on the Metro; dance performances and workshops for toddlers; a free-running extravaganza; plays written by 10-year-olds… and this really is only a selection.

And our very own Culture Magazine part of it too. We welcomed a group of young writers onto our team over the summer of 2009 – giving them a large slice of editorial control when it came to the October issue.

FINALIST – Design Event

Design Event delivers an annual programme of design based exhibitions, talks and events to celebrate design and promote the region as a hotbed of design talent to the rest of the UK and beyond. A major part of the festival is the popular Design Event MART, a curated selling exhibition of work from the region's very best designers

FINALIST – Northern Print Biennale

The inaugural Northern Print Biennale was the first major event for international printmaking in the UK for 20 years.

The 2009 Print Awards offered open exhibitions at three venues, while many more across Newcastle Gateshead also celebrated their relationship to print.


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