City of Dreams aims to make NewcastleGateshead the “best place to be young” through creativity and culture.
In the first months of 2020 we won funds to support a new Our City Our Story project. We were preparing free Twi-Lates offers for teenagers as part of The Late Shows and planning another summer-long #MakeSomethingBrilliant programme following success last year.
Then came Covid19. Bringing devastation for families, the NHS, business, jobs. It changed everything, for everyone. Including the cultural institutions that make City of Dreams possible.
Our mission was launched by members of NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues. 10 creative charities, who’s places and people make up our most of our programmes. They run 23 theatres, galleries, museums, performance venues and cinemas – all forced to close by Covid19.
Some will struggle to reopen.
They are working hard to meet the world again when the crisis has passed. A world that will be different. For venues, creatives, schools, universities, public services, community organisations. We are proud that all these are represented in our Champions network, and stand with each of you in your Coronavirus battle.
We are equally proud of our partners efforts to support children and young people, who are coping with major challenges of their own during the lockdown. Especially those who are poor or disadvantaged.
City of Dreams believes culture belongs to everyone. We want the precious cultural assets of our city around today and well into the future. We also have big ambitions for under25s which can only come true if we preserve the resources we, and our partners, have for the long term.
So we’ve taken the difficult decision to pause City of Dreams programmes and use the government job retention scheme to secure the future of our staff.
As we do this we have prioritised young people and artists we work with directly, referring them to support agencies and honouring commissions wherever possible.
We will be back!
We’re aiming to restart in early 2021 with a process of deep listening, to find out what children and young people want and need from culture and their city in a post-Covid world. A statement about these plans and changes to City of Dreams leadership can be found here.
Until then please follow our venue partners on the feeds below, and send us your thoughts for the future via our contact page.
Wishing health to you and everyone you care about, from all at City of Dreams.