City of Dreams – our supporters and partners

We launched our 10 year mission for all children and young people in NewcastleGateshead on 18th September 2018.

Attended by over 220 invited guests, the two launch events were hosted by Gateshead Youth Assembly and Newcastle Youth Council.

Among our guests were supporters from Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, Newcastle University, North East England Chamber of Commerce, Gillian Dickinson Trust, the Community Foundation of Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, The Prince’s Trust, BBC Newcastle, Curious Arts, VInspired, Esh Group, Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival, and more.

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Highlights of the launch 

Missed the launch event? Want a quick film to show your colleagues? Fancy hearing what VIPs, elected members, and CEOs think about City of Dreams? This is the video for you!

We believe our city can be the best place to be young. The energy, commitment, and action focus, shown by all who attended give us confidence that we can make that dream a reality.


Political support

The City of Dreams strategy is a response to the needs and wishes of children and young people on Tyneside. It is a partnership initiative, working closely with democratic and civic leaders, to ensure we impact on all under25s and support them to have a stronger voice in decisions about our city.

This is Gary Haley, Gateshead Councillor and portfolio holder for children and young people, expressing his support and hopes for our 10year mission:

And here is Kim McGuinness, Councillor in Newcastle and portfolio holder for culture, sport and health, telling her story and sharing why she is excited by City of Dreams:


Partners and supporters

The VIP launch was a packed hour of performances, short film screenings, key note speeches and a panel discussion. From chief executives and artistic directors of cultural, heritage and science organisations, to business executives, local councillors, members of the House of Lords, university vice-chancellors, charity directors, voluntary and community leaders, board members, and senior officers in local government and health services – the event was full of people who make a difference to life in NewcastleGateshead

Here some of our key partners responding to questions from children and young people about City of Dreams:

And here is Vee Pollock, Dean of Culture and Creative Practice at Newcastle University, talking about our 10year research partnership and the immense potential and power in our joint activity:


Read all about it

You can read more about the launch in a number of publications, including features in The Journal, Arts Professional, and The Times.  The days following the events saw a mini-Twitter storm over, and several dozen messages of congratulations arrive at City of Dreams HQ. Here are a few examples:

“Thoroughly inspiring.”

“I’m so excited to be the parent of an 11 and 14 year old knowing there is a place in place to help them and their peers get the most out of growing up in NewcastleGateshead.”

“A phenomenal launch. The right focus on ambition and action. We’re ready to work with you.”

“Today something very exciting began – a 10year commitment to put children and young people at the heart of the city, and ensure that city is driven by creativity. I’m proud to be part of the City of Dreams.”


Stay tuned to this website, follow us on Twitter (@cityofdreamsNG), and keep your eyes and ears on BBC Newcastle – our official media partner.

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