Cultural Partners

The wider cultural offer in NewcastleGateshead

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' venues form part of a wide and varied cultural offer across Tyneside for local people and tourists, alike.

As an organisation, we work alongside nine other partners to promote Tyneside's cultural visitor attractions, known collectively as NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues (NGCV).

If you are planning a visit to NewcastleGateshead, the venues below will complement your trip to our museums and galleries perfectly. Please see the bottom of this page for more details on where to stay, eat and drink on Tyneside as well as a tip on how to get all the insider information about culture in the area.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Visitors approach the entrance of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The North East’s internationally acclaimed centre for contemporary art, housed in an ex-industrial building on Gateshead Quays.

Dance City

A choreographed scene with four dancers supporting a diagonal pole while a fifth dancer hangs upside down from the pole by the legs

The National Dance Agency for the North East, raising the profile of dance for young people in partnership with key youth dance partners such as Youth Dance England and Public Health North East.

Life Science Centre

The interior of the Life Science Centre showing visitors and the science theatre attraction

A landmark Millennium project, this science village houses research facilities as well as a visitor centre devoted to public engagement and education.

Live Theatre

A scene from a drama showing a woman crying in the arms of a man, both seated on the floor against a bed

Wet House by Paddy Campbell. A Guardian Top 10 play of 2013. Photo © Keith Pattison

One of the leading new writing producers in the country, working with national and international co-producers. Its drama education programme is considered a national exemplar.

Northern Stage

A scene from a drama showing four people seated with their faces pointing upwards

The North East’s major producing theatre, making and presenting a repertoire of new work and contemporary classics in collaboration with partners such as Robert Lepage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Kneehigh.

Sage Gateshead

A vehicle drives by with the Sage Gateshead building featuring in the background

An international hub for music performance, learning and participation. Housed in an iconic building, it leads various national programmes.

Seven Stories

Four young women read a book from the Twilight series

A new national home for children’s literature, bringing together original manuscripts and artwork. It involves young people, their families and educators in exploring creativity, literature and art.

Theatre Royal

The neo-classical facade of the Theatre Royal on Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle’s landmark receiving and touring theatre and the regional home for, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North, The Dance Consortium and Rambert Dance.

Tyneside Cinema

A small group watch a Leonardo di Caprio film in the Bar Cafe of the Tyneside Cinema

The North East’s leading independent cinema. A resource for learning and development of moving image and new media and an important hub for the North East’s creative industries.

Family Explorers

Family Explorers is a project that helps families in North East England enjoy a wider range of cultural experiences by:

  • Recommending where to go in a twice-monthly e-newsletter and Facebook group so it’s easier to make choices
  • Making it simpler to plan days out by providing all the practical information in one place
  • Encouraging Family Explorers to share reviews of their visits so participants can see honest unbiased recommendations from families like them so feel more confident about trying somewhere new

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Visiting NewcastleGateshead

The NewcastleGateshead Initiative is the tourist body for the area, championing culture, heritage, sport, entertainment and leisure.

Visit and start planing your trip today.