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Wunderbar Festival returns to the north east

  • Date: 28 October 2011
  • Area: North
Students taking part in Wunderbar Festival 2011

A School, Wunderbar Festival. Credit: Sally Lockey

Following on from the success of the first biennial festival in 2009, Wunderbar Festival returns to NewcastleGateshead next week.

The festival, which is supported by our Grants for the arts scheme, features a host of unusual and exciting exhibitions, performances and events including a school, a library, a radio station, an office and a cafe.

Festival Creative Director Ilana Mitchell said, "Wunderbar Festival is aimed at nurturing a culture of curiosity. We are delighted to be able to bring it back to the North East and this year's festival will showcase even more home-grown talent from across the UK and the rest of the world as well as encouraging more public participation into the events.

Made in the north east specifically for the people of the north east the Wunderbar Festival is unlike traditional representations of art, extending an invitation for audience participation - creating a feeling of ownership."

Highlights of the festival include, A School which is a 'daily curriculum of enjoyment' featuring a series of events, classes and workshops that visitors can choose to learn from or participate in, developed by artist Harriet Plewis and a group of Year 9 students from Burnside College in Wallsend.

Bringing together the worlds of art, work and exercise in fun and unexpected ways artists Ellie Harrison and Adele Prince introduce the 'Desk Chair Disco'  - giving participants a chance to playfully redress the work/life balance by taking their office chairs out on the town. A free-wheeling parade to the Disco will lead guests into the transformed empty office unit for a night of live rock and roll. As artist in residence, Ellie's exhibition will open with a special guest performance by Edinburgh Comedy award nominee Josie Long, in her first Newcastle appearance.

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