Tyneside Cinema puts climate change, migration and the refugee crisis on the agenda

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We’re no stranger to a beautiful picture house here in Newcastle. The city’s Tyneside Cinema celebrates turning 80 years old this year; a landmark achievement for any cultural venue. However, it is much more than just a cinema. Tyneside is now using it’s platform to engage audiences with the most pressing societal issues that we see ourselves confronted with.

In the first of its anniversary series of cultural events, the cinema has created a programme that is set to explore human migration and the refugee crisis through the lens of climate change, during a diverse series of powerful feature films, documentaries, artworks, talks and workshops from Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 March.

The programme, titled Gimme Shelter: Climate Change, Migration and the Refugee Crisis will see filmmakers joined by leading experts to discuss the connection between climate change, natural disasters and migration. The programme is presented in partnership with Climate Outreach and The Climate and Migration Coalition, and with support from Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Northumbrian Water.

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The Age of Consequences

In the next 50 years, climate change is predicted to have even more of a catastrophic effect on the planet. Millions are set to be displaced by shoreline erosion, coastal flooding as well as intensifying drought and further agricultural disruption.

Tyneside Cinema aims to inform and spark discussion through a curated programme focusing on the urgency of action on climate change as well as its very real connection to the current refugee crisis. The programme will help contextualise these issues and cultivate a better understanding of the reasons behind human displacement.

Gimme Shelter will include talks from notable guest speakers including Lord David Puttnam, director George Kurian and Dr Susan Crate who will address the situations in some of the most severely affected locations.

Lord David Puttnam will lead proceedings at the launch on Thursday 16 March, drawing on his thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films, such as The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire and Bugsy Malone, and his work in public policy relating to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Alongside a unique schedule of films including The Anthropologist, A Syrian Love Story, The Crossing and the regional premiere of The Age of Consequences, visual artist Lucy Wood will unveil the new chapter of her ongoing project Distant Neighbours.

Filmed on location in Al Zaatari refugee camp, Amman Jordan, Wood’s work reflects on the link between climate change and migration with the final installation to be shown at Tyneside Cinema from Friday 17 March – 18 May 2017.

Thomas Peutz, Chief Executive of Tyneside Cinema said: “Film has the power to connect with people and engender compassion, playing an important role in reversing perceptions of ‘the other’ – something which is particularly relevant in today’s political climate. ‘Gimme Shelter’ will shine a light on the epochal changes taking place in our world and tell the stories behind it.”

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Thomas Peutz – Chief Executive of Tyneside Cinema

Thomas added: “The role of the severe three year drought in creating the crisis in Syria cannot be ignored. It made life in many rural areas increasingly difficult and led to many rural Syrians being moved to cities. This increased their population by 30% over three years, creating an influx of newcomers that they were unable to manage. Poverty and widespread discontent were easily exploited to divide people and mobilise them for civil war. Now that we have come to recognise climate change as an important contributing factor and accelerant to instability, not only in Syria but in many conflicts of the world, it is becoming more and more clear that not tackling climate change is negligence on an unfathomable scale.

“The role of humanity in causing climate change is now clear. At the same time, unprecedented movements of people across Europe have forced the issue of migration even further up the political agenda. We invite you to explore the important questions – who will be affected and when? What are the experiences of people forced to move? Who, ultimately, is responsible and what should be done?”

Full listings of all events and tickets can be found here


What’s on?: Five things for you to do in the North East this weekend

Bring It On: The MusicalWhen? Sat Aug 12 – Sun 14 Where? Customs House, South Shields

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Based on the hit film, the Tony Award-nominated Bring It On: The Musical is a high-flying thrill ride where the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading meets the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance. The production features bright young talent from the Customs House summer school.

Tickets available from £7 by calling 0191 454 1234 or online here

NE1 Restaurant WeekWhen? Fri Aug 12 – Sun 14 Where? All over Newcastle

restaurant week

A whole host of restaurants have been taking part in NE1’s annual culinary celebration. Evoke, Broad Chare, Cabana (read our review here) and As You Like It are among 90 eateries offering fantastic offers on food and drink.

Click here for more information on Restaurant Week

Summer Design Exhibition in association with Northumbria University When? Sat Aug 13 Where? Sage Gateshead


Fresh from shows in London and New York, the regions best emerging designers showcase their work throughout the summer in our stunning building. Come and see the next generation of design talent.

Free event

The Ken Dodd Happiness ShowWhen? Sat Aug 13 – Sun Aug 14 Where? Whitley Bay Playhouse

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Legendary comic and British icon Ken Dodd brings his famous Happiness Show to the region for two shows this weekend. You’ll be ‘absolutely discumknockerated’ (that’s Knotty Ash for ‘over the moon’) by a truly tattifelarius (fun-filled) evening of laughter and songs.

Tickets available from £20 by calling 0844 248 1588 or by clicking here 

Henri Matisse: The Last Works – When? Fri Aug 11 – Sun Sep 11 Where? Ustinov College, Durham University


Ustinov College and The Global Citizenship Programme are hosting an exhibition of lithograph prints by Henri Matisse from the 1958 publication of Verve magazine. A renowned painter, in 1953 Henri Matisse (1869-1954) began working with the printer Fernand Mourlot and the art publisher Tériade on a special edition of Verve to reproduce 40 of the artists infamous cut-outs as lithograph prints. The series became known as Verve: Dernières Oeuvres de Matisse 1950-54 (The Last Works of Matisse).

This is a free event. For more information call 0191 3345470 or click here