The Juice Festival is Returning to the North-East next month

Published: Tuesday 27th Sep 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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The Juice Festival will return next month bringing theatre, dance, film and loads of family activities to brighten up October half term for those in Newcastle, Gateshead and surrounding areas.

The 9-day event runs from October 21st to October 29th and some of the highlights include Roald Dahl themed book events, pop-up museum performances and a Latin American ‘Day of the Dead’ family celebration.

The multi-arts festival is now in its 9th year and is specifically designed for families and under 25s. It takes place in cultural venues, libraries and public spaces.

The festival gives children and young people the opportunity to be creative and express themselves through a range of art forms. The organisers of Juice also partner young people up with national and international artists to develop performances, exhibitions and experiences.

‘Frequencies’, a day of free music making workshops, is debuting at the festival this year. It will be held at Sage Gateshead and has been curated by young people in partnership with the charity Music for Youth. The world premiere of ‘Body Talks’ is also being hosted at the Juice Festival this year. It is a new piece of dance theatre developed by Southpaw dance Company that again, has been developed with a team of young performers.

The Juice Festival begins with a packed weekend of events starting Friday October 21st with Just Jam International - a weekend of breakdance and hip-hop dance theatre at Dance City and other venues.

The Big Juice Family Day on Saturday October 22nd will see lots of fun, free family events and performances popping up at Discovery Museum and Trinity Square. These are all part of the Festival opening weekend celebrations.

The Big Juice Read is this year celebrating the centenary of children’s author Roald Dahl’s birth. Gateshead Central Library (October 27th) and Newcastle City Library (October 28th) will bring his books to life through fun workshops and craft events.

The Great North Museum: Hancock will be brought to life on October 25th and 26th as theatre company November Club and a tram of young people present Great North Explorers – a series of pop-up performances inside the museum.

At Northern Stage, there will be more theatre performances on October 27th and 28th. These performances include ‘Mirror Mirror’, a multi-sensory feast for children, young people and families with additional needs.

On Saturday October 29th, you should expect colourful costumes, face painting, live performances and for it to be a very busy, family-friendly alternative to Halloween. This is due to the return of the festival for Day of the Dead: Family Celebration to celebrate Latin America’s most popular holiday.

Another highlight from the Juice Festival is a day of Cosplay to delight fans of Anime and Japanese culture. This will involve a series of workshops encouraging young people to create bespoke maps of their city and a series of music-making sessions at Sage Gateshead.

It is safe to say that this year’s Juice Festival is doing all it can to squeeze every little bit of fun out of October half term. Plan ahead now and book a luxury holiday cottage in Northumberland. Staying in Northumberland means you will be close enough to Newcastle to enjoy a piece of the Juice Festival action but far enough away to explore other attractions in the North East. This will definitely make the October half term break one to remember. 

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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