The sunny-in-spirit ¡Vamos! festival returns with a Mardi Gras parade up Newcastle’s Northumberland Street (to say nothing of its customary challenge to the punctuating skills of the Culture team, not used to upside down exclamation marks).
Meanwhile, right across the region, artists will throw open their studios to welcome those taking advantage of the annual Art Tour.
There will be much more of this as the summer progresses and the North East landscape comes into its own.
This is the place that a national newspaper journalist compared to down-at-heel Detroit in a recent article.
A little ironic, that, I felt, having just spoken to artist Kelly Richardson – Canadian but living in Whitley Bay – who is off to that particular American city later in the year.
Detroit’s ruling mothers and fathers, it seems, are engaging in a little culture-led regeneration. They have invited four artists, including Kelly, to spend time on an art residency there in the hope that where they lead, others will follow.
Who knows? In a few years’ time, Detroit might be talked about in glowing terms as a place where interesting things happen and interesting people want to go. We’ve seen that happen here over the last 20 years. Why else would Kelly be here?
Coming to the region in the coming weeks are artists from Mexico (see our feature on the new National Glass Centre exhibition) and more comedians than you will normally find outside the Edinburgh Fringe. You will see a few of the latter fine and funny folk on our cover and you can sample a few examples of their humour inside.
Our Final Say this month is provided by Anthony Sargent who has done such a good job at Sage Gateshead and will be leaving at the end of the year when the building he opened turns 10. We wish him well.
If you can't see the Culture Magazine pages (above) CLICK HERE here to open in a new window