4months on: celebrating Our City Our Story

29 films, 15 performances, a dozen exhibits, 4 hours of music – 11,000 voices

On 7th March 2019 City of Dreams brought a new kind of event to NewcastleGateshead. Featuring films, music, dramatic performances, interactive exhibits, 360degree films, visual arts installations and even an arcade machine, Our City Our Story presented stories of growing up on Tyneside from 11,000 children and young people.

Taking over Live Theatre for the day, the event was programmed by young people and every piece of work on show was made by and about under25s in our city. Every demographic and geography of NewcastleGateshead was represented.

Over 500 members of the public came to hear what life is really like for children and young people. More than 150 VIP decision-makers attended a closing session where issues emerging from the event were debated, with topics including poverty, gender inequality, discrimination and experiences of the care system.

We feel everyone should have the chance to find out more about the event, and what young people in our city are saying about their lives. So we asked digital influencer, filmmaker and award-winning LGTBQ+ campaigner Saffron Mee to make us a film about the day.



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