A free evening of culture for teenagers? We’ve got 2!

The North East’s only free culture crawl for 12-17year olds returns to Tyneside on 17th and 18th May – and with twice the fun! 

Twi-Lates brings together some of the region’s most iconic venues to put on two nights of special events for teenagers in NewcastleGateshead. From big budget films, to silent discos, improvisation games, music workshops, animation making and mass participation dancing, Twi-Lates is packed with events designed for young people. 

The events take place during “twilight”, between 4pm and 7pm, when teenagers tell us they are able to come along without the rest of life getting in the way. Twi-Lates runs on the 17th and 18th May, immediately before The Late Shows – NewcastleGateshead’s award winning late-night culture crawl involving over 60 venues. And, because we know the cost of getting stuck into culture can exclude some young people, every Twi-Late event is completely free.

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City of Dreams research has shown that 4-7pm is the best time for 12-17 year olds to attend events and that cost can be a barrier to visiting interesting places or doing creative activities. That is why The Late Shows, supported by The Biscuit Factory, has worked with City of Dreams to expanded Twi-Lates following a successful pilot late year. In 2019 twice the number of venues are taking part offering 1000s of teenagers the chance to try something new. Ben Dickenson, Executive Producer City of Dreams, explains:

“Young people in NewcastleGateshead have told us there aren’t enough affordable opportunities to do interesting things at the time of day they’re free. Twi-Lates is changing that by providing free events especially for teenagers, between 4pm and 7pm, alongside the main Late Shows. Twi-Lates is safe, fun and ideal for 12-17year olds.”

Venues involved in Twi-Lates include Alphabetti Theatre, Dance City, Space Six, Newcastle Castle, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Library, Gateshead Library, Shipley Art Gallery, Seven Stories and the Victoria Tunnel. Events range from big budget film premieres, to pop culture favourites like silent discos, to improvisation games, music workshops, animation and mass participation dancing.

Twi-Lates highlights: shoot a film or see Jonah Hill’s new movie for free

Ever wanted to make a film? Or try your hand at stop motion animation? You can at Twi-Lates! Join the award winning Young Women’s Film Academy in Space Six, or visit the fantastic Hatton Gallery to spend some time with Tom from Animate City. Or if watching movies from one of the City’s most comfortable cinema seats is your thing, then take up the unique offer of free tickets for 15-18 year olds to see the premiere of Mid 90s at Tyneside Cinema.

This hotly anticipated directorial debut from popular actor Jonah Hill (Superbad, 21 Jump Street, Maniac), is a tale of skateboarding and youthful rebellion in nineties LA. Last year’s free film offer at Tyneside Cinema was so popular it was booked out in minutes, and extra showings had to be organised. Andrew Simpson, Director of Programming at Tyneside Cinema said:

“The Tyneside Cinema is a mainstay of Newcastle’s cultural life and is delighted to throw open its doors to young people, whether for screenings, filmmaking opportunities, or our Young Tyneside offer which lets 16-24year olds watch movies for just £4.50. We believe cinema has incredible power to reflect young people’s lives and provide a vital tool for expression.

“Committed as we are to the vision of City of Dreams, we’re delighted to be participating in Twi-Lates, offering the chance to come and see a film for free on the day of the Late Shows. And we can think of no better choice than Mid90s, the first film from A-list star Jonah Hill, which is one of the freshest, most honest, most authentic films about being a teenager we’ve seen in years. Enjoy this one on us.”     

Twi-Lates highlights: make your own kind of music, or just dance

Twi-Lates features a whole range of music and movement activities in 2019. There’s a silent disco at Newcastle Library where young people can dance their hearts out wearing headphones, and specially arranged taster workshops in all kinds of dance at Dance City. Or if watching others making music and showing off their moves is your preference, you can watch poetry with tunes at Alphabetti Theatre or see professional dance companies doing their thing at Dance City. 

There’s also a unique opportunity for teenagers to show off their music making skills at Newcastle Castle, working with music makers to use loop pedals, mixing desks and more.  Simon Beckwith, Events Coordinator at Newcastle Castle and popular local comedian said:

The Castle are so thrilled to be part of Twi-Lates. I think it’s critical for the future of Newcastle’s cultural scene, that young people are given ways to engage with the arts in an accessible and interesting way. The Twi-Lates programme shows a real passion for understanding how young people actually think and what makes them tick, taking real heart in understanding what’s important to teenagers and putting things on in the right time slots and with the right ethos for them. These shows belong to teenagers, it’s all theirs and I think there’s something really beautiful and invigorating about that.

We’re excited for our offering, with a music focus it also cements our role as a nurturer of new cultural talent and home to inventive, creative fun. We’re the Castle that gave the city its name, we’re ingrained in the history of our city and it’s wonderful to see that we’re going to play a big role in its truly exciting future.”

The full line-up of Twi-Lates events, with information for what the venues will be doing, can be found in The Late Shows listings: The Late Shows listings.

Find out about Twi-Lates events:

Friday 17 May, 4-7pmOuseburn:
Seven Stories
Victoria Tunnel
Brinkburn St Brewery, Bar & Kitchen

Saturday 18 May, 4-7pmNewcastle:
Alphabetti Theatre
Dance City (5-7pm)
Good Space – Commercial Union House
Newcastle Castle
Tyneside Cinema
Hatton Gallery
Newcastle Library

Saturday 18 May, 4-7pm – Gateshead:
Cotfield Mirrors at St Cuthbert’s Church
Gateshead Library
Shipley Art Gallery


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