Juice Festival gets creative at The Core


Juice – NewcastleGateshead’s festival for children and young people has partnered with Creative Space Management, managers of The Core, Science Central, for a series of special events aimed at inspiring the next generation of thinkers and creators this autumn half term.

The flagship building, which sits at the heart of Newcastle’s new centre for science and technology, starts its series of Juice Festival events on Friday 23 October with Mapping the City (until 30 Oct).

The year-long project aims to understand how the region’s young people react and understand the conurbation of NewcastleGateshead. Delivered in partnership with Northumbria University, Mapping the City forms part of Juice Festival’s young people’s ‘Manifesto for the City’, which will launch in 2016. This year, The Core hosts a pilot exhibition of work created by students at Royal Grammar School and Walker Technology College with artists Ben Jones and Jessica Dolby.

On Sunday 25 October, Juice Festival takes on the programming and presenting of the popular Sunday Assembly Newcastle (Sun 25 Oct). The monthly get together brings together likeminded people for an afternoon of presentations and talks as well as singing, dancing and children’s activities. Team Juice – Juice Festival’s young people’s network – partners with Sunday Assembly Newcastle volunteers to present a day of laughter, conversation, singing and most importantly, cake.

Young makers are invited to join The Great British Make Off at The Core on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 October. Produced by FutureEverything – an International innovation lab for digital culture – the event sees two days of workshops giving young people the chance to get creative with the most up to date sensor technology, 3D printers, data and music software. Celebrating invention and experimentation, young people will create, collect, analyse and exhibit data. The event culminates with the chance to make music, jewellery and other fun artefacts showing how data can also be an artistic material. With only a limited number of tickets available, be sure to book up early.

Chris Batstone, artistic director of Juice Festival said: “Children and young people are increasingly using new technologies to learn and create so now seemed the perfect time for Juice Festival to partner with Creative Space Management and The Core on a programme of events dedicated to exploring arts through science and technology.

“We’ve also teamed up with FutureEverything to develop more events around new and emerging technologies, including 3D printing and data collection. It’s a new and interesting area for Juice Festival; one we look forward to developing in the coming years.”

Toby Hyam, Managing Director of Creative Space Management said: “I am delighted to welcome young people to The Core as part of our Juice Festival partnership. Their participation in The Great British Make Off, Mapping the City and Sunday Assembly programmes will all promote the leadership role our young people have in addressing future city challenges.”

Juice Festival – NewcastleGateshead’s festival for families and under 25s, takes place from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November 2015. The multi-arts festival in cultural venues, libraries and public spaces in Newcastle and Gateshead features dance, performance, exhibitions, workshops as well inclusive events for children, young people and families with additional needs.

As well as the work created by children and young people, Juice Festival features work by regional, national and international artists.

The theme for this year’s festival is Seen and Heard; presenting performances and events in unusual locations whilst reflecting the festival’s approach to showcasing the talents and creativity of local children and young people.

For more information about Juice Festival at The Core and to buy tickets, visit www.juicefestival.co.uk

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