1000 voices – 1 mission – 10 years

City of Dreams begins!

18th September 2018. The date we launch our decade-long mission for all children and young people in NewcastleGateshead. A mission founded on the belief that our city can earn a reputation as the best place to be young.

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Our durability is in our culture


By James Ramsbotham

Chief Executive, North East England Chamber of Commerce


Trustee of the Gillian Dickinson Trust

If you have ever been working in some far flung part of the world and suddenly seen a clearly identifiable North East image (one of our castles, or cathedrals, or bridges, or other icons such as the Angel of the North) you will know how it lifts your spirits and makes you feel proud.

I recently spoke with someone who had lost the sense of taste – all food was the same to them.  They remained well fed and physically strong but their state of mind was very depressed.  It is much easier to feed the body than the soul – to do so we need a strong and vibrant culture.  It enriches every aspect of our lives.

Great civilisations are built by strong economies but their durability is in their culture. 

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I’m a Champion – you can be too!


By Jonny Riggs

Prince’s Trust Outreach Executive, and professional artist

What is a City of Dreams Champion?

City of Dreams Champions believe we are able to shape the future.

We believe we can make NewcastleGateshead the best place for young people to live and engage with culture.

We champion great ideas, and big decisions, which we believe will have a positive impact on the lives of young people for many years to come. We provide the venue, the canvas, and the stage for discovery and expression, where an ambivalent murmur becomes a rambunctious roar!

What do I bring to the table?

My name is Jonny Riggs. I currently work in an Outreach role for the Prince’s Trust.

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The Big Culture Conversation – “a beacon of good practice”

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By Valerie Ender

Coordinator Gateshead Youth Council, and Gateshead Youth Assembly

When we were asked to be a part of City of Dreams, my first thought was ‘hmmm, it’s a bit arty isn’t it?’

‘Arty’ isn’t what Gateshead Youth Council has been about but, over the past few years we have been dipping our collective toes in the water by getting involved in the Juice Festival. This led to eight of our Gateshead Youth Assembly young people gaining Bronze Arts Awards, and another group of our Asylum Seeking young people starting their Arts Award journeys.

What this showed us, is that you don’t need to be typically arty to get involved in the arts. It has been a bit of a departure for us, but, it turns out, a very welcome one.

City of Dreams has proven to be a beacon of good practice when it comes to engaging young people in conversations about what they want and need.

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