Our City Our Story event panel (left to right): host Mark Thomas, Eryn Wood, Posy Jowett, Cllr Gary Haley, Cllr Nora Casey, Prof Peter Hopkins, Joe Douglas
Northumbria University, Mapping The City
Young people making music about their lives
A film about prejudice experienced by young people in Newcastle
Music Spark is Sage Gateshead’s music training programme for young people and adults aged 15-25 years with additional needs. Through creative activity and work experience, Music Spark aims to support independence and help participants realise professional and artistic aspirations. Music Spark performed songs and raps about their experience at Our City Our Story.
“Your Voice Makes Waves”: Unfolding Theatre’s MultiVerse Arcade machine
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.