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With the sparkle of Christmas behind us, it's time to dive head-first into a brand new year - and a brand new decade! 2020 is shaping up to be a cracking year for the city of Sunderland and this jampacked issue shines a light on some of the best things happening over the coming months! Look out for our exclusive interview with Roxy Girls frontman, Tom Hawick, who is taking the underground music scene by storm right now. We're also giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the recently-refurbished Hylton Castle with the help of Sunderland City Council, lifting the lid on the best places to dine out as part of Sunderland Restaurant Week and revealing our top Valentine's Day spots for the city's foodies. All this, plus a round-the-world trip with the University of Sunderland, getting to know some of its most inspiring international students, and all you need to know about Sunderland Culture's partnership with the Arts Council Exhibition, which is helping to bring the largest collection of contemporary British art in the world to Sunderland. Happy reading!
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5 Support independents
Celebrating top local traders in Sunderland
Explore some more at the Bridges
6 Kids & family
Half-term fun for kids and grown-ups
10 Ravishing refurbishment Hylton Castle re-opens its doors
24 In conversation
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26 Going global 12 Feel the love
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Getting to know Frankie Francis, lead singer of Frankie & The Heartstrings It's that time of year when all the Christmas partying is over, money is tight and everyone's a bit down thanks to the cold, dark mornings. But spring is around the corner and this always fills me with optimism as I start to work with a variety of people across the city, making plans for the summer and beyond. Live music, events and creating music myself are at the top of my to-do list right now and I can't wait to sink my teeth into all of it, right here in Sunderland!
I can’t stop listening to…
New albums from Vant and Field Music, plus a great new band from Sunderland called bigfatbig!
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@paulsphotography84 A lovely walk along the sea front today.
Pop Recs, which still does the Young Musicians project. There are also countless other fun and free events at places like Independent - look out for Pins from Manchester and The Pale White. Instagram: @frankie____ Twitter: @frankie____ WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FR O M YO U! WANT TO F E ATUR E IN O UR NE XT E DITION OF VIBE O NL INE ? G E T IN TO UCH VIA TWITTER, INSTAG R AM AND FACE BO O K !
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Support the independents! Designer Childrenswear Derwent Street, SR1 3NU
Sunderland is alive with the sound of independents! There are loads of local traders, small businesses and family-run stores dotted about SR1 - check out some of our favourite hangouts for food, fashion and more!
Founded by husband-and-wife team, Brenda and Kevin Coade, for the past 30 years Designer Childrenswear has grown to become a top-class destination for dedicated fashion lovers. The designer boutique stocks a mix of high street and couture clothing and shoes for children aged 0-16. From a bold inventory of brands, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Givenchy and Paul Smith, this luxury retailer showcases so many beautiful garments, you'll be spoilt for choice. Situated on Derwent Street, close to the Bridges Shopping Centre, it's open from 9.30am Monday to Saturday. Check it out! DESIGNERCHILDRENSWEAR.COM
Bou-chique Bridge Street, SR1 1TA Forget petite and plus-size! 'Free size' clothing is the way forward, especially at Bou-chique. Situated on Bridge Street in Sunderland, this stylish clothing store sells clothing that isn’t restricted to certain sizes; the aim is for people to try things on and find new ways to style different items. Bou-chique’s motto is 'styling your clothes to fit', rather than choosing exact sizes. The store was opened by Donna Arkley and Helen Collinson and stocks everything from clothes and accessories, to shoes.
Thoburn’s Fresh Produce Jacky Whites Market, SR1 3DG
In need of fresh fruit and veg to kickstart your New Year diet? Then look no further than Thoburn’s Fresh Produce, located in Jacky Whites Market in Sunderland. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm, it offers a wide range of fresh produce - some of which is grown right here in Sunderland. Pop in, get lost in a sea of colour and variety, and start cooking homemade meals again for friends and family. FIND THOBURN'S ON FACEBOOK
Harrison & Brown Holmeside, SR1 3JE
Port Independent St. Thomas Street, SR1 1QD
This family-owned furniture business in the heart of Sunderland offers five floors of fantastic furniture, from giftware and accessories to divan beds, dining, leather and fabric upholstery. Situated in Holmeside, the friendly team go the extra mile to provide an unrivalled service. They even deliver and install your furniture, ensuring that it all fits in perfectly with your home decor.
Situated on St Thomas Street, this ubercool independent streetwear store has been making big waves in the fashion world. Stocking an eclectic mix of urban streetwear and vintage gems, Port Independent have built up a dedicated following around the region, making them one of the go-to places for rare items and unique designs. Make sure you pop in next time you're out and about in the city!
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Half-term happenings Get involved in an action-packed February half-term programme, bursting with family-friendly events right here in the city FOOTY
Sunderland Aquatic Centre Dive into February half-term with a trip to Sunderland Aquatic Centre, featuring an olympicsized swimming pool, 140-station gymnasium and exhilarating soft play area. Weâ€™ve got our eye on one thing in particular though the enormous Atlantis adventure mega inflatable! Slip, slide and swerve your way through a maze of obstacles with the regionâ€™s biggest pool inflatable. Head to the Everyone Active website for more information on when this inflatable metropolis will be up! EVERYONEACTIVE.COM
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Kick off February half-term in style with an unforgettable footy excursion to the stunning Beacon of Light centre! Every half-term holiday, the Foundation of Light runs a wide range of sporty activities for boys and girls throughout the region, helping them to blow off some steam and enjoy a run-around! The ideal way to let little footy fanatics get involved with Sunderland AFC. Head over to the Foundation of Light website for information on your nearest events.
Twist, flip and catapult your way over to AAAsports in Southwick this February half-term. This amazing sports centre is offering children the opportunity to take part in a wide range of gymnastic activities during half-term. Since opening in 2007, AAAsports has rapidly grown into one of the largest gymnastic providers in the North. Ran by extremely friendly and experienced coaches, AAAsports is famed for welcoming all ages and abilities into the world of gymnastics.
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Drop-in to Sunderland Museum’s free painting challenge! Messy painters will have just 10 minutes to create a self portrait on cardboard boxes, takeaway bags and even the sole of a shoe! SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
Kick off your Half-term fun with an afternoon of ten pin bowling over at Sunderland Bowl! Set over two floors and equipped with an awesome arcade area, families can get the ball rolling with games available for as little as £4! With plenty of other fun, food and fantastic deals to be enjoyed throughout the school break, Sunderland Bowl is certain to be right up your alley! SUNDERLANDBOWL.CO.UK
Rose and Robin
Join Rose and Robin through their days of dances and dreams, music and memories. What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a bit… but don’t worry. You’ll be helping them with some of the moves! Suitable for ages 7+ ARTSCENTREWASHINGTON.CO.UK
Let little ones create collages from found images based on Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden's current exhibition, Received Wisdom! Get involved in a whole host of awesome activities and show off your creativity by designing your very own self-portrait. SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
PLAY DENS Super Tramp Nestled away on Enterprise Park, keep the little ones occupied this February with a day at this amazing trampoline park! A state of the art centre right here in Sunderland, Super Tramp caters for everybody; from complete beginners to expert trampolinists, there's something for the entire gang to enjoy! Make sure you visit them for an action-packed day out this February! SUPERTRAMPSUNDERLAND.CO.UK
Tumbles Rally the troops and tootle over to Hylton Road for an exhilarating play-date at Tumbles! Since opening in 2018, Tumbles has gained a reputation for its exhilarating play area, incredibly friendly staff and delicious coffee shop, packed with all the necessary goodies to kick back and relax while little ones head out on adventures! Give them a visit this half-term. FACEBOOK.COM/TUMBLESWORLD
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Don't miss the chance to see North East rockers, The Pale White at Independant Sunderland! With support from Plastic Glass and Kickin' Lilies, this will be a music night to remember!
Start the weekend the right way with a visit to Love Lily Tearoom. Make sure you try their famous Love Lily Rosti - a homemade rosti cooked with grated potato, onion, Gruyère cheese and all the usual breakfast trimmings. A magical morning meal that's certainly become one of the must- try dishes in Sunderland!
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Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Chinese arts and crafts, lion dances and family trails at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. It's free and perfect for kids and adults alike - don't miss out! SUNDERLANDBID.CO.UK
This fabulous restaurant serves up tons of delicious Mexican tapas, tons of delicious cocktails and good vibes on High Street West. With a guacamole bar and the best meat-free tacos on offer, you'll be well-fed that's for sure! FACEBOOK.COM/MEXICO70SUNDERLAND
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Support the lads at Stadium of Light as they play Ipswich Town in League One. With kick-off starting at 3pm, the stadium will be in full footy force at this exciting home game. Why not enjoy a pre-game tipple in one of Sunderland’s bars to help get you in the football spirit?
Experience over two hours of non-stop hits from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, at Sunderland Empire. Let the cast take you on a thrlling journey through the magic of Michael’s 45-year musical history. Not to be missed! ATGTICKETS.COM/VENUES/ SUNDERLAND-EMPIRE
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The fine folk at Sunderland College have recently opened a new employability hub in Sunderland city centre! This state-of-the-art facility will help provide adults with training and support, helping to make career goals a reality!
Officially launched in January at the college’s City Campus, City Skills and Careers is set to play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of adults in the local community by improving access to education and training in Sunderland. This sparkling new facility will provide a one-stop-shop for adults who are looking to gain skills and qualifications for employment, or to advance their career. Adults (aged 19 plus) can drop-in during opening hours to access free advice and support from a dedicated team of expert staff, who will signpost them to appropriate courses to get them into work or kick-start their career development. Alan Patterson, Employability and Community Lecturer at Sunderland College, said: "This is a fantastic resource for job-seekers and a positive venture for adult learners that will help them to progress into training and employment. It will also help to reduce the barriers many of our learners face when coming to college or into education for the first time." Job-seekers and those looking to change careers, or develop an existing one, can access support from a professional team who are on hand to assist with CV writing, job searches, interview techniques, skills for employment, English and maths qualifications and pre-employment courses - in a wide range of employment. Whether it be retail, manufacturing, construction, business administration, health and social care or education, the team at City Skills and Careers at Sunderland College will have you on your way in no time! Celebrating the launch with a busy breakfast networking event that included the likes of Jobcentre Plus and other local
City Skills and Careers official launch event
New Sunderland College facility to transform lives careers and education providers, Sarah Ward, Careers Advisor at Education Development Trust, a UK-registered charity, said: "Sunderland College’s new City Skills and Careers covers a wide range of subjects and courses that meet the needs and requirements of our customer base." Not only does the college offer students a responsive and innovative curriculum for adult learners, it also has strong ties to some of the region’s leading employers. Working alongside the likes of The Food Warehouse and Station Taxis to recruit staff for a new Iceland store and new drivers, Sunderland College have created bespoke courses that guarantee students an interview upon completion! Did you know
that 72% of adult learners progress into sustainable employment after completing a bespoke pre-employment course at Sunderland College? City Skills and Careers will be open at Sunderland College’s City Campus, on Park Lane, 9.30am until 4.00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Make sure you pop in for chat and start your journey to your dream job! F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT ION A B O U T S U N DE R LA N D C OL L E GE , V I S I T T H E N E X T O PE N E V E NT, R I N G 0 1 9 1 5 1 1 6 0 0 0 O R GO TO W W W. S U N DE R LA N D C OL L E GE .AC .U K
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The newly-restored Hylton Castle
Mighty makeover Following a £4.2m restoration and support from Sunderland City Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Castle in the Community group and English Heritage, Hylton Castle has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful heritage and community venue, which will be run by Hylton Castle Trust on behalf of the community.
Set over three floors, Hylton Castle will be home to a multitude of learning, event and exhibition spaces, as well as a café. The Trust will also deliver community-based learning and engagement programmes. Working alongside local schools and various parts of the voluntary and community sector, Hylton Castle will be 10
at the heart of the Wearside community and offer invaluable opportunities for training and volunteering too! Of course, everyone is welcome to come along and visit the castle without taking part in any of the many events or activities. Work to transform Hylton Castle into a heritage and community venue for all to
enjoy began in 2016, with construction work beginning in autumn 2017. The state-of-the-art revitalisation of this 14th century medieval castle has provided several construction training opportunities for local young people. Sunderland’s young people worked alongside skilled crafts people to gain valuable insight into a range of traditional skills, such as stone and wood working. These opportunities have successfully provided pathways into apprenticeships and employment for several of these young people. Local volunteers have also been playing their part in helping to bring the site back to life. They have been turning their hands to everything from photography, litterpicking and guided tours of the building, as well as providing interpretation content. This content will allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the castle’s history and heritage. The recently-revealed architecture and corbels will tell previously untold stories of the castle’s fascinating past and the unique roof viewing platform will offer stunning views of present-day Sunderland. With funding of £2.9m provided by National Lottery Heritage Fund, along with financial contributions from Sunderland City Council, Garfield Weston and The Wolfson Foundation, the castle has been restored sympathetically, making sure the original architecture and surrounding
Hylton Castle Army Barrack
Castle view from the crane
Birch workman landscape remains intact to be enjoyed by local residents and visitors. Councillor John Kelly, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture at Sunderland City Council, said: "This is a really exciting time; the castle is such a fantastic asset for the city and we’ve had a huge amount of interest in its transformation." "This project isn’t just about celebrating the history of the castle and the grounds, it’s about celebrating the different roles the building has played in the heart of
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the community and in the lives of the generations of people connected with it." "The fact that this has been very much a community project, led by local people for over 25 years, is what makes it so special. In the last year alone, we’ve had more than 120 people volunteering their time, skills and expertise in a range of roles from raising awareness of the castle’s history and leading workshops with local school children, to carrying out environmental work in Hylton Dene and hosting a huge battle re-enactment in the castle grounds." Susan Ord, Chair of Hylton Castle Trust, said: "The Trustees are looking forward to working with our partners to create a new chapter in the history of the castle, putting it once more at the heart of the community, engaging and inspiring the next generation to protect this key part of Sunderland’s heritage". Hylton Castle Trust will be partnered in the management and operation of the castle by Sunderland North Community Business Centre, which already manages Fulwell Mill and Bowes Railway. FIND OUT MORE BY VIS ITING HYLTONCASTLE.ORG .UK.
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FOOD & DRINK
Takeaway & TV Fountain Garden
Feel the love and fill your bellies at some of our favourite date-night spots in and around Sunderland! The perfect foodie spots for Valentine's Day feasts, topped off with sparkling cocktails, delicious wine and more. Check them out, book a table and settle in for a night of romance and ridiculously-good grub!
Grab the knives and forks, stick your favourite Netflix show on and dive headfirst into Fountain Garden’s special set dinner menu. Take your tastebuds on a delicious trip to the Far East and tuck into crispy spring rolls, barbecued spare ribs, succulent chicken Szechuan chilli and brilliant beef with peppers and black bean sauce. Round it all off with a tub of your favourite ice cream for a Valentine’s Day to remember. FACEBOOK.COM/FOUNTAINGARDEN
Because they’re worth it… D'Acqua Looking for an intimate location in the heart of the city centre? Look no further than D’Acqua, where you can enjoy a range of sumptuous starters, perfect pasta and hand-crafted cocktails, guaranteed to make Valentine’s Day that extra special. Complete with ambient lighting and French oak flooring, D’Acqua is the ideal spot to treat your partner. DACQUA.CO.UK
Oak Tree Farm Nothing says I love you more than a huge Sunday roast! So why not head over to Oak Tree Farm and indulge in out-of-this-world Sunday lunch? Tuck into succulent meats that have been slow-cooked in farmhouse ovens for 14 hours, dig in to fresh, seasonal veg and indulge in giant Yorkshire puds and fluffy roasties! With prices starting from just £4.99, Oak Tree Farm is a wallet-friendly go-to that's guaranteed to hit the spot this Valentine's Day!
Treat your other half to an award-winning Indian takeaway. Saffron Indian on Fulwell Road has your Valentine’s Day takeaway night in sorted. Light the candles, pop open some of that remaining Christmas bubbly and dive into a beautiful, creamy makhani, made with rich cream, ground almonds and coconut. SAFFRONSUNDERLAND.CO.UK
Valentine’s Afternoon Tea Grab your loved ones and head over to the National Glass Centre for a romantic afternoon tea! Indulge in a selection of delicious sandwiches, dive into freshly made fruit scones with accompanying jam before rounding off with a selection of sumptuous cakes. NATIONALGLASSCENTRE.COM
SPICE THINGS UP Mumbai Silk Say yes to a fiery date at Mumbai Silk on Duorro Terrace. Renowned for its expert use of spice and all things nice, treat your other half to the chef’s special hyderabadi sakar - a slow-cooked lamb dish that falls apart with very little prompt! MUMBAISILK.CO.UK
Borneo Bistro This tasty Sunderland icon has finally lifted the shutters after a major revamp! Impress your date with a foodie show of strength and tackle their buffet menu; we’re talking piles of zesty lemon chicken fillets, tons of vegetable chow mein and beef rendang! After all, if they’re not stir-crazy about fab food from all corners of the globe, are they even the one for you?! FACEBOOK.COM/BORNEOBISTROLIMITED
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Scott Wilson-Laing and Ron Anderson
Is 2020 the year you launch a new business? For many, the start of a New Year is a time to set new resolutions, challenges and goals and for some, it’s time for a fresh start.
rare, local delicacies whilst volunteering as an archaeologist overseas, the entrepreneur launched a new microdistillery with the help of the BIC’s business adviser Ron Anderson. After years working in a number of 9am5pm roles, he yearned for a change and decided to take the brave step of setting up his own business, with the goal of fusing his love for the North East with his long-held passion for producing and sampling niche local drinks. "Wherever you go, there always seems to be a regional drink or spirit that represents that area and it’s nice to be able to experience the local delicacies whenever you visit somewhere new, it was what I loved most about being in different countries," explained Scott. "I wanted to create something that bottles up and gives people a real flavour of the North East, something that is reminiscent and evocative. That’s what inspired me to launch WL Distillery. "The first flavour we’re going to produce is inspired by the Great British garden," Scott added. "My grandfather has grown his own fruit and veg in his garden for years and there are three generations of my family who’ve all grown up in his company, first my Mam, then me, and now my daughter, and I wanted to capture this whole family tradition in our first product." Scott attended a series of workshops at the BIC as well as meetings with his business adviser. He added: "Ron has been great. He really knows his stuff. He has set up a fair few businesses in his time so it’s nice to have someone experienced to bounce ideas off. When you’re setting up, you have all these grand ideas, but when it comes down to the practicality, it’s great to have someone to turn to, especially with the financial planning side of things." S O IF YOU, LIKE SCOTT ARE Y EARNING FOR A CHANGE AND HAVE AN IDEA FOR A NEW BUSINES S THEN W HY NOT GIVE US A CALL ON 0 191 516 6111 OR VIS IT NE-BIC.CO.UK
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Foodies rejoice, Sunderland Restaurant Week is back! 21 - 29 March
A snapshot of what’s on the menu this March…
Sunderland BID has a tasty treat in store for foodies this March Sunderland Restaurant Week is back and culinary connoisseurs are once again invited to some of the city’s tastiest restaurants to dig in to plenty of delicious deals! Say no to dull New Year diets and instead fire up the group chats and rally the troops for some feel-good food in Sunderland city centre. Run by the fine folk at Sunderland BID, Restaurant Week always cooks up a storm. It's also super simple and easy to get involved; simply download your £5, £10 or £15 vouchers online and book a table! Think of it as a golden ticket to some of the finest food Sunderland has to offer what could be better? Whether you fancy an Italian feast, comforting British pub grub or out-of-thisworld Asian tapas, there's plenty on offer to get your tastebuds dancing for joy! 14
The Ivy House Two-course Sunday lunch special
Chocolate-lovers are in for a sweet treat this year. Located inside the Bridges, the team are hard at work creating their Restaurant Week offer, but it’s worth remembering the delicious offer they concocted for us last year! After an afternoon of browsing the rails and shopping the sales in the Bridges, the sweet hot-spot treated shoppers and passersby to a hot drink and one of their artisan brownies for just £5! We can’t wait to see what they have up they’re sleeve for 2020...
The Ivy House will be offering a special, one off Sunday lunch menu on the 29 March and we’re drooling just thinking about it! The cool and quirky venue on Worcester Terrace, is a must-visit for righton Sunday roasts and they're planning to pull out all the stops for Sunderland Restaurant Week. Think triple-cooked potato wedges and their famous garlic dough balls, followed by tender roast beef, hand-pulled pork or roast chicken breast. Complete with homemade Yorkshire puds, fluffy mashed potato and seasonal veg,
The Forge 3 courses for £15 dinner 6-9pm
Boasting a spacious dining area and stylish interior, Enfes is the perfect place to kick back and take a culinary trip to Turkey during Restaurant Week! Get your munch on with a marvellous moussakka or perhaps try the sensational saksuka; a delightful dish that combines peppers, potatoes and aubergines in Enfes’ special sauce! Download your Sunderland Restaurant Week voucher and book a table now!
This stunning restaurant has a rich foodie history and they’re treating us all to a sumptuous three-course dinner from Wednesday to Sunday during Restaurant Week. Renowned across the city for its vibrant interior, friendly staff and locallysourced produce, The Forge is an ideal place to catch up with friends or wow that special someone. THEFORGEFOOD.COM
BISTRO BAIT Liberty Brown 2 courses for £10 Indulge in bistro classics at Liberty Brown this March - these foodie experts are serving up two courses for £10 and we cannot wait to tuck in! Go here for a crispy potato skins topped with cheese and bacon, tuck into sumptuous steak & truffle sourdough pizzas or try their marvellous Mexican sizzling fajita platter!
Sunderland’s much-loved fusion restaurant is returning for another dose of foodie fun! A cool and contemporary restaurant boasting incredible panoramic views of the River Wear, this diverse eatery has everything from satay skewered chicken appetisers, delightful stir fry offerings, to creamy curry dishes and sizzling hot plate dishes. A restaurant you must visit this year! ASIANAFUSION.CO.UK
This charming tearoom is the perfect place to indulge in plenty Restaurant Week goodness! Located on Holmeside and just a short walk from Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Crumb on in is getting in on the Restaurant Week act with a special £5 daytime deal. Make sure you dive head-first into a sweet chilli chicken panini or say yes to a tuna melt toastie. Delicious! FACEBOOK.COM/CRUMBONIN
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Victors 3 courses for £10 Make sure you add this stylish city centre venue to your Restaurant Week agendas this year! This ubercool foodie hangout is going all out for Restaurant Week, serving foodies a delicious three course meal for just £10! FACEBOOK.COM/ VICTORSSUNDERLAND
MUST-VISIT Crumb on in £5 daytime deal
Enfes 2 courses for £10 (Except Saturdays)
Asiana 3 courses for £15
HOME COMFORTS The Fire Station 2 courses for £15 Nestled away on High Street West in the city centre, The Fire Station is the go-to place for foodie variety! Try the ultimate foot-long hot dog with friend onions, melted cheddar and bbq mustard served with an artisan bun and crunchy, seasoned french fries. Perfect home-comfort food!
#EatDrinkSunderland Station taxis has your transport covered! Station Taxis will be bringing foodies in and out of the city as the official Restaurant Week partners! Whether you're making a trip from the seaside or coming from the suburbs, Sunderland BID and Station Taxis have your journey home covered - allowing you to kickback in one our cities gorgeous restaurants with a killer cocktail and avoiding that awkward ‘who’s driving?’ question! STATIONTAXIS.COM
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FOLLOW OUR VIBE GUIDE FOR THE WEEKEND 15-16&22-23 FEBRUARY Coffee culture
Rock ’n’ rollin’ 15 February
After celebrating 10 years playing a mix of both the Brian Johnson and Bon Scott eras, AC'DC tribute band, Black Ice, are returning with a brand new stage show for 2020, packed with high energy and entertainment value. This familyformed tribute band from the North East began in 2009 and have since played all over the UK. FACEBOOK.COM/ANGELSPLACESUNDERLAND
Café by day and stylish cocktail bar bistro by night, The Place Café offers mouth-watering food and drinks and caters for events such as meetings, functions, weddings and birthdays. Located next to the entrance of the city, close to the Alexandra Bridge and the new Wear crossing within a state-of-the-art deco building. THEPLACECAFE.CO.UK
Tip top tribute! 15 February
One step beyond! Book your tickets now to an awesome tribute night at Zazz. Expect a raucous evening as Beyond Madness take to the stage to belt out reworked classics from Madness' back catalogue. With tickets starting from just £9.50, we couldn't think of a better way to spend Saturday night than grooving away to legendary tunes! ZAZZ.CO.UK/ZAZZLIVEEVENTS
Marvellous music 16 February
The one and only Barry Steele is heading to the Empire this February to commemorate the music of Roy Orbison. Joined by a five-piece band and sensational guest pianist, Boogie Williams, this top-class production is set to give you the feelgood factor from start to finish! ATGTICKETS.COM/VENUES/ SUNDERLAND-EMPIRE
With muted lighting, vintage vibes and plenty of nods to the venue’s past, the Engine Room is a stunning restoration of the ground floor of Sunderland’s historic fire station. Great food is teamed with a fantastic choice of drinks, making it a go-to place for parties of all kinds and sizes. FACEBOOK.COM/ENGINEROOMSUND
Music moments 22 February
Don’t miss out an exhilarating evening of rock ‘n’ roll action as Lancaster locals, Massive Wagon, hit the Independent Sunderland stage. Having began touring back in 2009, this fab four piece have gone on to bag themselves a top 20 album in the Official Albums Chart and have even opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd at Wembley Arena. Not to be missed! INDEPENDENTSUNDERLAND.COM
Head over to Holmeside Coffe this weekend and tuck into their sumptuous range of delicious sandwiches and sweet treats! An uber-cool cafe in the heart of Sunderland city centre, make you tick Holmeside Coffee off your must-visit list this weekend! FACEBOOK.COM/HOLMESIDECOFFEE
Haway the lads! Mythical monsters 16 February
Take your little ones over to National Glass Centre for a fun clay workshop. Inspired by Chad McCail’s fascinating ‘Toy’ exhibition, they'll learn how to create mythical monsters using an array of materials and techniques. The perfect way to spend Sunday morning!
Support the lads this February at the Stadium of Light as they play Bristol Rovers FC in League One. With kick-off starting at 3pm, the Stadium will be in full football force at this home game. Why not enjoy a friendly tipple in one of Sunderland’s bars before the game to get into the football spirit! SAFC.COM
Valentines music special 15 February
Rally your dance-mad pals and prepare to strut your stuff over at Illusions this February. Renowned record label, Monta Musica, is whistling back into the city centre for a Valentine’s Day special that promises to be one to remember. Whether you’re head-over-heels following a successful Valentine’s Day, or just want to jive the heartbreak away, grooving to high-octane dance tunes all night long sounds like a plan! Tickets on sale now - grab yours before it’s too late!
Youth Arts Exhibition 22 February
Wander over to Arts Centre Washington for an inspiring display from local artists. Working alongside a team of young curators who help keep the exhibition sustainable and of the highest quality, Youth Arts Exhibition showcases the outstanding work from talented artists in our region. Check it out! ARTSCENTREWASHINGTON.CO.UK
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Finding your dream home… Getting a foot on the property ladder may not be the first thing on the mind of young people graduating from university or starting out in their professional career in Sunderland.
Certainly, looking for a home to rent might not necessarily be the first thought that springs to mind. But for a young professional here in Sunderland, getting that first foot on the property ladder doesn’t have to be the distant dream many may think it is. It definitely wasn’t for Jonny, a marketing 18
and communications professional from Washington, who made the leap onto the ladder and moved into his own rented home through local housing provider, Gentoo. We caught up with Jonny at his home in Washington, to hear at first-hand how and why he was able secure his first property,
despite fears of affordability and lack of suitable, available accommodation in Sunderland. After graduating from university in Leeds, Jonny returned to his hometown to start his career and be with family and friends, moving back into his childhood home with his parents. After living with them for a number of years, he, like many young professionals, started to build a life that warranted him living independently in a place he could call his own. “Don’t get me wrong, moving back home with my parents definitely had its perks, but as I got older and my career and my
life both started to develop, I realised that I needed to explore my options to find my own place. I hadn’t lost hope of owning my own home one day, it’s just something that I didn’t think was affordable in the short term. So I decided to explore my options with Gentoo, as I knew they provided the majority of affordable housing in the city.” As a regulated provider of good quality, affordable housing in Sunderland, renting with Gentoo was Jonny’s preferred route to finding a suitable property. “It was a no brainer in a lot of respects. Gentoo don’t require you to make a deposit or put down a bond on a property, as well as you having the option of choosing whether a property comes furnished or unfurnished. Which, for someone in my position, who is looking for their first home, the opportunity to move into a property that came furnished with things I just didn’t have immediately available to me, was ideal.” Since moving into his rented home, Jonny hasn’t looked back.
“It was obviously very different to living at home with my parents, but having already experienced living away at university, it was something I adapted to very quickly. It’s been fantastic to have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. Including watch as much football as you like! It’s also enhanced my social life too, with being able to have friends round for some food or a drink. You can’t put a price on having your own independence.”
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Gentoo is working on changing the perception of rented affordable housing in Sunderland, alongside the city’s vision to become a more vibrant, dynamic and healthy place to live. With properties readily available to rent across the city for young people who are in a similar position to Jonny, looking to gain their independence and that take that first step onto the property ladder, the Group is sure to have something for you. Finding a property with them is straightforward too, with the ‘find a home’ element of its website and the widely used ‘HomeHunt’ allocations process making the process of finding and applying for a rented home nice and simple. VIS IT GENTOOGROUP.COM/ FINDAHOME OR CALL 0191 525 510 TO FIND YOUR RENTED HOME TODAY.
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Give the gift of love At the Bridges, you’ll find a range of sweet Valentine’s Day presents and heartfelt Mother’s Day treats under one roof, guaranteed to bring smiles to the people you love. F O R HER
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Peach Photo Frame This gorgeous peach photo frame is the perfect way to remind them of a special moment. Bag it from TK Maxx for just £3.99 and head straight to Max Spielmann to print off your favourite couple pic!
These dazzlers are the ultimate way to show your love this Valentine’s Day. Available for as little £6, we can’t help but feel swept off our feet just looking at them! DEBENHAMS
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This beauty is the ultimate gift if you plan on treating that special man in your life. With Beaverbrooks stocking a wide range of Hugo Boss watches, this Hero Sport Lux men’s watch (£379) is a certified stunner. BEAVERBROOKS
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Headed out for a romantic meal in the city? Bag the man of your dreams this beauty from Topman (£25)!
Make sure you grab this monochrome beauty from Topshop before your big restaurant date! A statement piece that will certainly turn heads when you’re out and about the city. Yours for just £29!
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This refreshing floral whirlwind is sure to delight mam. Containing aromatic hints of violet, jasmine and lavender, this perfume is the perfect gift for mam. Bag it for as little as £14.
Show mam just how much she means to you with a gift card from the Bridges. Available online or from the Customer Service Desk, choosing the perfect Mother's Day gift has never been easier! THE BRIDGES
Green Jewel Diamante Earrings Make sure she sparkles on Mother’s Day with these subtle green beauties from River Island (£12). RIVERISLAND
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Multicoloured Scented Epsom Salt Bath Set Treat her to an aromatic Epsom Salt Bath Set from New Look! Available for £9.99. NEW LOOK
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Who doesn’t like chocolate on Mother’s Day? This mouthwatering winner is happiness in a box. Available at Hotel Chocolat for £8! HOTEL CHOCOLAT
Mother's Day is fast approaching. Head over to the Bridges for their spectacular range of Mother's Day must-haves. From botanical scents to luxurious chocolate boxes, the Bridges has you covered this March.
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FOLLOW OUR VIBE GUIDE FOR THE WEEKEND 29 FEBRUARY - 1&7-8 MARCH Rock 'n' roll star! Inspiring exhibition! Check out Sunderland Museumâ€™s brand-new art exhibition exploring age and creativity. This thought-provoking and dynamic show challenges ideas about ageing and celebrates contemporary British artists who pushed the boundaries, enjoyed long careers or discovered their creativity later in life. Well worth checking out!
Don't miss an unforgettable night of 90s Britpop swagger! Nestled in the heart of the historic Deptford and Ayre's Quay area, The Saltgrass is where you need to be for a brilliant Liam Gallagher tribute night. FACEBOOK.COM/THESALTGRASS
Spell-binding opera! 29 February
Marcellos Ristorante is a family-owned restaurant, serving up authentic Italian food. Located in the heart of Sunderland, it's known for its traditional Italian pizza and pasta with a modern twist. Emphasis has always been on quality and freshness, making it a favourite among visitors and locals alike. MARCELLOSRISTORANTE.CO.UK
Prepare to be dazzled by an award-winning opera! Madama Butterfly is floating into the Sunderland Empire this March and we cannot wait to see what it has to offer! Arriving into the city with brand new, exquisite stage settings, oriental costumes and a stellar soundtrack, you'd be crazy to give this stunning show a miss! ATGTICKETS.COM/VENUES/ SUNDERLAND-EMPIRE
Super-heroes unite! 1 March
Comic-Con is coming to Rainton Arena! Expect special appearances from the likes of Chris Rankin (Harry Potter), Colin Baker (Doctor Who) and Clem So (Star Wars). You're also free to dress up as your favourite characters, search for rare superhero collectables and tuck into delicious food too! RAINTONARENA.CO.UK
Settle in for an idulgent steak supper at meat experts, Miller & Carter Steakhouse. Be sure to give the steak experience a try; 30 day aged prime steak cuts served with seasoned fries, balsamic beef tomato and their famous onion loaf. Match it with a bottle of pinot grigio and you're onto a winner!
High street shopping
Say hello to spring with a shopping spree over at the Bridges. Stop by high-street giants, such as Topshop, Lush and Boots and start planning your new seasonal wardrobe and skincare routine!
7 March Celebrate International Women’s Day in style with a sensational gig at Independent Sunderland. Join one of the North East’s leading female artists, Martha Hill, as she whistles into Sunderland for an evening of unforgettable alternative pop! Tickets start from just £8, make sure you don’t miss out! INDEPENDENTSUNDERLA ND.COM
Black Cats in action 7 March
Anyone for a cold one?
Cheer on the lads as they take on Gillingham F.C. in a pivotal League One clash. The Black Cats have picked up some pivotal wins during the festive period and Phil Parkinson will be looking to keep up the good run against the Gills. Haway the lads! SAFC.COM
Looking for a great pub with a cracking beer selection – well look no further! The Ship Isis is very accommodating with a fantastic range of different offers on real ales as well as ciders. A fab place to meet with friends and family over a good drink in Sunderland. FACEBOOK.COM/SHIPISIS
Strictly star! 8 March
Get your sweet fix at Fausto Coffee, where you can dive into a variety of feel-good treats! From fluffy scones to just-baked cakes, Fausto has a great range of delightful desserts that will help you refuel after a morning spent on the beach!
Dancing sensation and Strictly Come Dancing star, AJ Pritchard,is back out on the road after his debut tour last year! Arriving at Sunderland Empire Theatre, watch as he showcases his best moves. ATGTICKETS.COM/VENUES/ SUNDERLAND-EMPIRE
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Roxy Girls From the rip-roaring punk sounds of Leatherface to the chart-topping successes of multi platinumselling pop queen, Emeli Sandé, Sunderland has a habit of producing outstanding musicians. Roxy Girls are no exception. They may be new to the music world, but their intense debut album has seen the four-piece rocket to the forefront of post-punk music scene in a matter of months. We caught up with frontman, Tom Hawick, to discuss all things Sunderland, gigging in the ‘Big Apple’ and the fine folk at Pop Recs... Despite being ‘canny’ bairns, Roxy Girls mean business when it comes to music. A product of invaluable work going on at Sunderland’s very own Pop Recs, Roxy Girls are a born-and-raised punk whirlwind from the banks of the River Wear. Since the release of their debut EP in February 2018, this blistering band has gigged up and down the country (playing the likes of Brudenell Social Club and YES 24
Manchester), featured heavily on Mark Riley’s coveted BBC Radio 6 show and are now gearing up to release another quality dose of punk goodness sometime this year. Music has always been at the forefront of Tom Hawick’s life. From a young age, Tom has been surrounded by music something that dates all the way back to primary school: "I remember my dad playing Lindisfarne in the car to school when I was about 6" he recalls. "That was the first time music made my ears stand to attention really." This introduction to music has left a lasting impression on Tom. He's a die-hard music fan and this is clearly evident as he begins rattling through a list of influential artists
that changed his outlook: "I loved (and still love) The Who. (Bob) Dylan also played a huge part in the formation of my relationship with music. I guess the latter set me on the trajectory to discover John Martyn and Nick Drake when I was maybe 14 or 15. That was a major turning point. I was about 17 when I started getting into the punk music that helped inspire Roxy Girls." A Sunderland lad through-and-through, Tom has seen the city come through the ages and feels optimistic about the future for younger generations: "I feel like we're on the cusp of a big cultural advance within the city. Positive changes are ongoing, which are undoubtedly sending Sunderland in the right direction. There
is some reassurance in the existence of Pop Recs, Keel Square, and all the other cultural happenings that are occurring." Tom diverts the topic of conversation on to Pop Recs - a major driving force behind Sunderland’s growing culture scene. "They’ve (Pop Recs) persisted through the financial and motivational hardships created by increasingly dwindling gig attendances, beginning at the dawn of the Internet age, suffering further defeats by the hand of Instagram stories and rising pint prices. There's a lot to be said for that. They're ran by lovers of music, for lovers of music. There's even more to be said for that. Pop Recs really is a passion project, only taking enough to keep open its doors and the coffee machine full. It still manages to put on shows and keep music alive in the city." Mackems are famous for their undying love of the city. "Our music is often compared to The Futureheads and whether it's down to the fact I sing in my accent or not, it's a comparison that I'm very proud of". Since the release of their criticallyacclaimed EP in September last year, the lads have been overwhelmed with support. So much so, they’ve hunkered down in the studio and are preparing to release another EP! "We've got another seven-track EP coming out in March, our second on Moshi Moshi Records, which was home to some of our favourites - Bloc Party, The Drums, Florence and The Machine. We should have an album out next summer too. Hopefully, 20 songs and 45 minutes(ish) long!" 2020 is shaping up nicely for the boys from Wearside. As well as playing an exclusive support slot at The Futureheads’ massive Toon gig, the boys are jetting off to New York for an exclusive show too! "We’ll be doing a little bit of practicing and quite a lot of gigging. We're playing a show in the Big Apple next March and we can't quite believe it. SXSW might be on the cards too... wish us luck!"
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Elvis Costello & The Imposters 3 March Image: Jay Dawson
The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club 7 February Get your boogie on this February, as groove master Craig Charles whistles into the Bonded Warehouse for an evening of fabulous feel-good tunes. Since airing for the first time in 2002, the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show has developed into a phenomenon around the globe and now he’s bringing this legendary Funk and Soul Club Night to Sunderland this February! Grab your mates and get your groove on - trust us, this isn’t a party you don’t want to miss! BONDEDWAREHOUSE.CO.UK
ROCK ON PINS 28 February Get ready for an evening of rowdy rock ’n’ roll as punk dolls, PINS, roll into Independent Sunderland for an evening of punchy guitar tunes. Originally from Manchester, PINS are a ferocious girl band that are uncompromising on their live sound and have gained a fierce live reputation for their commanding stage presence. Spearheaded by lead-singer Faith Vern, they're renowned for blending 60s surf harmonies with post-punk garage rock. Catch them as they visit Sunderland for the first time in years! INDEPENDENTSUNDERLAND.COM
Listen up music aficionados - legendary punk icon, Elvis Costello, is heading to Sunderland Empire Theatre this March as part of his exclusive UK tour! Having emerged as one of the most innovative and influential songwriters during the 1970s, Elvis is hitting the road and this time, he’s bringing his brilliant Imposters band to the city for the first time in 40 years! An unmissable event for any music-lover, sing your heart out to classics such as Monkey To Man, Watching The Detectives, Alison and crowd favourite, She. Performing a mixture of hits from yesteryear and the hits of tomorrow, Elvis Costello at Sunderland Empire Theatre promises to be one of the hottest events of the calendar year in Sunderland. Don’t miss it! ATGTICKETS.COM/VENUES/ SUNDERLAND-EMPIRE
John Williams Gala - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 6 March Transport yourself to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, recover the Ark of the Covenant and escape the clutches of dinosaurs as the sensational Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate one of the greatest composers of all time. Experience the full power and range of John Williams’ most iconic film scores, with spell-binding music from the likes of Home Alone, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park! Expect an incredible evening of music that guarantees to transport film fans on a nostalgic trip through Hollywood history. ATGTICKETS.COM/VENUES/ SUNDERLAND-EMPIRE
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The global University of Sunderland Every year, thousands of international students become part of the University of Sunderland’s global family. Many arrive to make the city their new home, some opt to stay in their own countries and study through long distance learning programmes, while campuses in London and Hong Kong become the base for others. The reach of the University community continues to extend to all parts of the globe, from Africa to Asia, America to Australia, making studying in Sunderland a truly international experience. Each student brings with them a rich diversity, which makes a huge contribution to life in the region, while others spread the good word and reputation of the city and institution in their homelands thousands of miles away. While many people may be familiar with the international student contingent living on Wearside, the reality is that the arm of the University reaches much wider, to countries including Kenya, Uzbekistan, and Barbados. Here, we meet some of the students helping to create the diverse, but united, community we are proud to call the University of Sunderland. 26
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Rose Hopewell-Fong Hong Kong Rose grew up in Hong Kong, but later moved to England to study, where she also represented England U20s in Rugby Union. After a difficult decision to return home, she went on to represent Hong Kong 7s and 15s Rugby Union in a professional capacity. While all of this was going on, the now 29-year-old decided to embark on the University’s Independent Distance Learning PGCE programme, to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. This year, Rose was awarded the University of Sunderland Alumni Achiever of the Year (Hong Kong) honour - another honour for Rose to add to her trophy cabinet, which already reflects her hard work, not to mention her multi-tasking skills. In the last two years, she has started and completed her Masters in International Education with Sunderland and become mum to Olivia Margaret, now 17 months old. Rose said: "There is no award for juggling multiple commitments in one’s personal life. An international sporting representative, a full-time worker, a part-time distance learner and becoming a mother – which will soon be twice - in just two years, has been hectic, yet so rewarding, to say the least. "While we all strive to achieve goals in our careers after graduating, it is so nice for personal achievements to be recognised too. Thank you University of Sunderland!"
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Joel Manning Barbados, Eastern Caribbean Joel Manning left behind his mum and brother at the family’s home in Saint Michael, Barbados, to take the next step towards achieving his life’s ambition. The 27-year-old has been playing cricket since he was a schoolboy and his passion for the game led him to Wearside to take up an MA in Sports Journalism at the University. Up until a few months ago, Joel had been working and living in Barbados and had never considered the path to his future career could begin in Sunderland. Joel said: "After a bit of research on sports journalism courses in the UK, I chose Sunderland because it ranked among the top options. Their courses were NCTJaccredited allowing me to get both my degree and NCTJ qualifications. "Beyond this, I also saw potential opportunities to interact with prospective employers in the media industry and learn from lecturers who have experience in the field. "My experience so far has been nothing short of amazing, although the weather is cold! The course content has been engaging and lecturers have gone the extra mile to guide me towards my intended career. The media facilities and available equipment have made it easy to get the practical experience that employers are looking for today, too."
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Nasreen Ali Kenya, Africa This year, Nasreen was named University of Sunderland’s Alumni Achiever of the Year (Kenya). The Business Management graduate is co-founder and chief financial officer at Cherchani Africa, a social enterprise which uses mobile technology to provide financial education to women and former street children who are running small businesses in Kenya. Nasreen, 32, said: "My mother was a micro-entrepreneur and I saw how difficult it was for her to keep her business sustainable. She borrowed from loan sharks whose high interest rates stagnated the potential of her business." "Witnessing her struggles made me really empathise with women and girls with a vision to start and run their own businesses." In 2014 she co-founded Cherehani Africa with a vision of supporting communities through access to financial services. Recently, she also launched Afrikapu, a social-enterprise that sells African handmade products made by marginalised women and young people in Africa.
Professor Lawrence Bellamy, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism at the University, has spent much of the past year visiting the international family in different parts of the world. He said: "The university has an exceptional international reach, with longstanding partnerships running from the Caribbean, across Africa, through the Middle East and into the Far East. "With some of these in existence now for 20 years, the number of students who have studied degrees with our partners now number in the many thousands. This gives Sunderland a rich community of alumni, spanning the world and in many sectors, with some reaching very high levels of office. "Whether in Nairobi, Trinidad, Tashkent, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India or Sunderland, it's clear that the students all go forward with strong ambition, optimism and a desire to really make a difference. "The same is true of the many nationalities of students who come to study with us in Sunderland. Often coming from regions which are more able to support the cost of studying away from home, they are looking for a UK higher education experience. "The cohorts we deal with are diverse and as such the many world-views come together in the classroom. This is beneficial for all students; after all, we are preparing professionals for the global careers they may have in the future. "Being a global university enriches both the city and the learning and lives of our students. They gain greater world views and experiences, have access to opportunities which they otherwise would not and are able to move forward with greater skills. The greater value comes from the broader economical and societal benefits which arise from these activities." 27
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FOLLOW OUR VIBE GUIDE FOR THE WEEKEND MARCH 14-28 Brilliant ballet! 14 March
One of ballet’s greatest love stories, Swan Lake, is returning to the Empire stage this March. Settle in for a romantic fable of ill-fated passion as the Royal Ballet Sinfonia peform a treat.
No 2 Church Lane is a chilled-out venue where you can have an amazing meal or enjoy a few bevvies with friends! With over 50 beers and 20 burgers to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Located in the beautiful Minster Quarter of Sunderland. FACEBOOK.COM/2CHURCHLANE
Theatre trip 28 March
Guitar extravaganza! 15 March
Calling all guitar heroes! Showcasing everything from electric guitars, effects pedals and loudspeakers, this guitar extravaganza is for all you music-lovers out there! Whether you're looking for a new hobby, need to upgrade that dusty old amp or just want to immerse yourself in the world of guitar, the North East Guitar Show is the one for you!
What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children? Time to find out! God of Carnage at the Royalty Theatre has won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and the Tony award for Best Play and is coming to Sunderland this March – don’t miss it! ROYALTYTHEATRE.CO.UK/ GOD-OF-CARNAGE
Viva La Coldplay 21 March
Settle in for a night of all things Coldplay! The Saltgrass is famed for hosting seriously-good tribute bands, but we have a feeling this tremendous night could top the lot! Expect all the classic, Coldplay chart-toppers during a night that will have you up and out of your seat! FACEBOOK.COM/TH ESALTGRASS
Sourcing local and fresh produce, D’Acqua restaurant plates up English, French and Italian cuisine in the heart of Sunderland. Set in the Grade II listed basement of the old Sunderland and South Tyneide water board, it stands out from the crowd with its unique menus, cool ambience and fab service. DACQUA.CO.UK
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All-new exhibition! 1 February - 10 May This February, an impressive selection of paintings from one of the world’s largest collections of British contemporary and modern art will go on display at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens as part of new exhibition, Received Wisdom. Celebrating age and creativity, Received Wisdom challenges the idea that creativity and innovation are the preserve of youth by bringing together a dynamic and thought-provoking collection of art created by older artists. From celebrated artists who have been working all their lives, or those whose art has only received recognition in their later years, to artists who only began producing art in their 60s or 70s - the breadth and range of the artworks on show are truly inspiring. Pieces by Lubaina Himid - a pioneer of the Black Arts movement in the 1980s who was awarded the famous Turner Prize in 2017 – will go on show alongside work by artists including Amikam Toren, Phyllida Barlow, John Sheehy, Elisabeth Vellacott and more. The major contemporary British art exhibition is the first in a three-year partnership with the acclaimed Arts Council Collection after Sunderland was chosen as one of just three places nationwide to be part of the Collection’s National Partnership Programme. The exhibition is accompanied by a jam-packed event programme suitable for all ages. These include adult art classes for those wanting to try a new creative skill, Creative Age sessions for older people with dementia, an Easter Art School, and plenty of free, fun family events to enjoy! FOR M O RE I NFOR MATION VISIT S U ND ERLANDMUSE UM.ORG.UK
Make sure you look out for… Welcome to the Collection Sit back and enjoy a short film following the journey of a group of local Sunderland residents as they take on the challenge to go from art novices to art lovers! Follow their journey as they travel across the Uk to delve into the Arts Council Collection’s archives, learn about the artworks and select their personal favourites to share with you. Enjoy the film in the surroundings of Sunderland Museum’s cosy new visitor space on level 2 - the Art Lounge! SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
Sketch and Draw from Nature 24 February Using Keith Arnatt’s work as inspiration, head to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens for a workshop that looks at our relationship with the natural world. Develop dynamic sketches and create stunning drawings of British wildlife using a range of multi-media resources. SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
WORKSHOP Amikam Toren, Received Wisdom, 2006. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist
Exploring Gouache 23 March Explore botanical paintings in a colour gouache workshop! Taking inspiration from Nerys Johnson, this vibrant gouache workshop is designed to help develop skills in observational drawing and gouache painting. Tickets from £15. SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
British Science Week: Fun with Photography 14 March
Mary Webb, Spring Colour Study No.19, 1995. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist
Join the experts to learn about the amazing science of photography. See curious science demonstrations and make your own creative photographic artworks that have been inspired by the Received Wisdom exhibition. Tickets £4 - be sure to book yours now! SUNDERLANDMUSEUM.ORG.UK
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Jack and the Beanstalk 15 April
Diaries at the ready! Don't miss this fabulous family fun panto from Lyngo Theatre at Arts Centre Washington. Settle in with the little ones as Jack and the Beanstalk takes to the stage for an afternoon of mayhem, music and mishaps. Featuring an exclusive performance from Patrick Lynch (Cbeebies), this classic fairytale has undergone the classic Lyngo treatment, meaning audiences are in for a whole host treats and surprises. An award-winning show for the over 3’s and their giants, bag your tickets while you can!
Dance the Bowie blues over at Bonded Warehouse this April, as Oliver Darley and Chad Lelong bring their hit Simply Shoes to the River Wear! This collaborative duo have worked up quite a stir in the UK in recent months since touring their new Simply George show and now this incredibly talented duo are arriving in Sunderland to perform reworked David Bowie hits! With tickets available for just £10, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend Saturday other than bopping about to brilliant Bowie belters!
Sunderland Gin Festival 2020
Attention gin-lovers! Make sure you get your gin on as the Sunderland Gin Festival tootles into The Point this April. Featuring over 100 carefully-selected gins from distillers around the world, gin-lovers can expect live music from the region's finest talents, while foodies can tuck into an array of delicious street food classics and bag that perfect Instagram snap! Tickets start from £12.50 - book yours now and enjoy a fabulous day out.
Gather the gang and get rockin’ at Independent Sunderland with Wearside natives, Thieves of Liberty. The upbeat rock ’n’ roll band hails from Sunderland and has been making a statement across the independent UK music scene recently. They were crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band in 2019, supported The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the iconic O2 Forum Kentish Town in London and have performed at the revered Camden Rocks Festival too!
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An Inspector Calls 21 - 25 April
Be prepared to be dazzled at Sunderland Empire Theatre this April, as an incredible production of An Inspector Calls takes to the stage! One of the most iconic theatrical productions in history, An Inspector Calls has won more awards than other plays in theatre history and has thrilled audiences in the West End for decades. Originally written by J.B Priestley, Oscar-nominated director, Stephen Daldry, brings this classic thriller to life through the use of epic stage settings, evocative live music and chilling suspense. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one! ATGTICKETS.COM/VENUES/ SUNDERLAND-EMPIRE
Make 2020 the year you give quitting a go! Speak to most smokers and they will tell you they wish they’d never started. So whether you’re addicted to nicotine or a social smoker who lights up with friends, chances are you’d like to stop.
The good news is, there’s never been a better time to try. Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service opened its doors in April last year and since then, has been helping smokers stub out the habit for good. With online tips, free apps and face to face support there’s something for everyone – and the key to success is to keep trying. Check out our top ten quitting tips below! 1. Get support - you’re more likely to succeed if you quit with specialist support and stop smoking aids. Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service is available to help anyone in the city who wants to quit. 2. Never quit trying to quit – don’t be put off by previous quit attempts that may not have worked for you, think of these as a stepping stone! Different ways of quitting work for different people. 3. Feel less stressed - you might think smoking relieves stress, but it can make stress worse. Smoking only reduces nicotine withdrawal symptoms, similar to the symptoms of anxiety, but it does not reduce anxiety or deal with the underlying causes. 4. Consider using a quit aid - give yourself the best chance and use a quit aid such as nicotine replacement therapy like patches and gums, or a stop smoking medication prescribed by a GP, pharmacist or other health professional. 5. Switch to e-cigarettes – as they don’t contain tobacco they are considered much less harmful than cigarettes. The signiﬁcant health problems are caused by other components in tobacco smoke and not by the nicotine.
6. Use free online support – there are lots of interactive apps and tools to help you quit. Download resources such as the Smokefree app onto your phone to help you make a plan or just have support whenever you need it. 7. Think of your health - tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals which can cause many diseases, including cancer, heart and lung disease. Your body will feel the health beneﬁts after just 20 minutes of quitting. 8. Think of how much money you could save – someone smoking 20 cigarettes a day can expect to pay more than £3,200 a year, £250 a month and £63 a week. 9. Involve family and friends – their support can go a long way. If your partner smokes, why not quit together? 10. Avoid triggers – try to recognise when you are most likely to want to smoke, and learn how to manage those situations. Research shows you’re more likely to succeed if you quit with specialist support, so if you want to stop smoking give us a call.
Call 0191 567 1057 or freephone
0800 169 9913 for more information or visit
SM KEFREE Sunderland specialist stop smoking service: Call 0191 567 1057 or freephone 0800 169 9913 www.stopsmokingsunderland.nhs.uk /Stopsmokingsunderland
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February March 2020