The Great Exhibition of the North

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panoramic view of Newcastle

the exhibition could draw 3 million visitors to Newcastle-Gateshead

There are just over two weeks left if you haven’t been to the Great Exhibition of the North and are still planning on going.

Firstly you should know that it is free, quite an incentive given the stories we have had over the summer about how expensive it has become for families to visit many theme parks and attractions.

It opened back in June to much fanfare and tells the dynamic story of the North of England – how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers shaped the present and are inspiring the future.

Visitors can begin their journey at one of three hubs – the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead, or the Great North Museum – which are connected by three trails exploring the North’s Art and Culture, Design and Innovation. Other venues and outdoor sites showcase exciting ideas from across the North.

Not everything opened right at the start of the exhibition. For example, Deepframe, the world’s largest mixed reality display at the Sage only opened last weekend. It allows you to take control of the sights and sounds in front of you by touching illuminated buttons to trigger, combine, uncover and blend music and visuals to create your own unique mix. You have just become a DJ!

If you are unable to make the journey then at least look at the online exhibition of 100 objects that have been chosen to reveal the history of the north. As with all similar exhibits you may disagree with some of the choices but they will certainly make you think like the 240,000 year old D2 Rhynchosaurides footprint or the much more recent poster advertising the 52nd season of the Blackpool Tower Circus in 1946.

The exhibition finishes in style with the Great North Run and the powerful ‘Creating the Future’ closing weekend on the 8th and 9th September.

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