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and welcome to our first edition of 2017. This is our tenth edition of Vibe, a magazine bringing you news about all the great things happening in and around Sunderland.
Vibe is brought to you by six organisations – Gentoo, the Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland Business Improvement District (BID), Sunderland College, SAFC and the University of Sunderland.
We thought our tenth birthday was worth celebrating so many of our partners have come up with their own special Top Tens.
Thank you and enjoy our tenth edition.
And our cover girl, Katie Bulmer-Cooke has a TEN connection too. Katie will be one of the thousands of runners in this year’s Siglion Sunderland 10k and Half Marathon. The Run Festival will take place on Sunday, May 7 in Keel Square, after last year’s successful move into the city centre. Find out why Siglion supports the Sunderland 10k and half marathon on page 31. Since our last edition, major changes to the city’s skyline have continued apace. In particular, the new Sunderland bridge is taking shape, with the massive central pylon being shipped over from Belgium and then hoisted into place. But it’s not just views of the Wear that have changed. Views of the city centre have also changed with the welcome addition of Hope Street Exchange, a contemporary workspace for businesses in the creative and digital sectors. Led by the University of Sunderland, and situated on the intersection of St Michael’s Way, Hind Street and Hope Street, the innovative and stylish building is perfect for new and growing businesses. And speaking of growing, we’ve grown too since our first edition back in 2014 and we’d like to thank everyone who has made Vibe such a success – to our founding organisations, to new partners and especially to our readers, many of whom continue to give us positive feedback. Because of our success, Vibe’s footprint has grown significantly. We’re now delivered directly into homes in every Sunderland postcode, but also into thousands of homes in South Tyneside and County Durham too. More than 160,000 copies of Vibe are now printed, and we hope our new readers enjoy the magazine.
Rob Lawson, Editor Vibe
Sunderland Restaurant Week – back for second helpings 4-5 10 surprising facts about the University of Sunderland 6 10 ways to get your skin ready for Spring 7 10 ways to give back to your community 8-9 10 top moments at the SoL 10-11 Become a Sunderland health champion 12-13 10 great things about Sunderland College 14-15 Feel the Force with Sunderland Shorts Film Festival 16 If It’s On, It’s In 17-24 Sunderland Stages – a new season 25 Something for everyone at Arts Centre Washington 25 Sunniside goes Live for third year 26-27 New Year, New Home 28-29 SAFC kicking into spring 30 Siglion’s vision of regeneration 31 Spire would love to help 32 Brighten up your home with the Bridges 33 ‘You still can’ at the University of Sunderland 34 Caring in the family 35 Your new link between Sunderland and Newcastle 36 Get out and about 37 Digital system to improve Sunderland healthcare 38 Vibrant start to Hope Street Xchange 39
2021 Sunderland’s UK City of Culture bid
Sunderland’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 gained national support after a successful event at the House of Commons.
worked in factories or in shops; people who lived and died in our town, as it was then, and our city as it is now, bringing up their families with love and care.
The Sunderland 2021 team took the case for Sunderland to Westminster to gain the backing of movers and shakers from the worlds of business, politics and culture.
“There are those who have despaired of Sunderland ever being a great place again, and there are those who have kept the faith. We will engage and excite them all, and restore and renew their belief in this place.
MP for Sunderland Central Julie Elliott hosted the evening event to give the team a platform to spread the word about the benefits a winning bid would deliver for the city. The MP talked passionately about why she believes Sunderland should win.
SUPPORTER... The Rt Hon Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top
The Rt Hon Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top, Paul Callaghan CBE, Paralympian gold medallist Matt Wylie MBE and 2021 Bid director Rebecca Ball all made the case for the city to an audience of more than 70 people including national and regional politicians. The Mac Trust’s Paul Callaghan delivered a rousing speech that talked of his pride and passion for Sunderland. He said: “We are doing this not just for ourselves, but for others: those who built the ships, mined the coal, blew the glass,
PASSIONATE... Sunderland MP Julie Elliott hosted the Commons reception
She said: “Winning the bid would be a massive boost to rebuilding the city’s confidence and putting Sunderland firmly into the cultural spotlight, attracting millions of pounds into the local economy, kick-starting a period of growth and delivering exciting cultural and artistic events.”
“We need to speak with a single voice, but we also need hundreds of thousands of voices saying ‘we need this to happen and we want this to happen’.” Rebecca Ball, who closed the speeches, said: “A City of Culture in Sunderland would be amazing; it would be amazing for the North East and it would be amazing for Britain; because it shows that cities such as ours have so much more than people think.” The benefits of winning the title go beyond the initial year’s programme. It is estimated that winning the title will deliver a £60m economic boost to Hull. To find out more about the bid and what it could mean for Sunderland, visit www.sunderland2021.co.uk
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And the good news is that a special event in Sunderland will give everyone the chance to try lots of the city’s top venues, at incredible prices. Sunderland’s Restaurant Week is back again from 11 - 19 March, with scores of cafés, bars and restaurants signed up to take part. Which is good news for visitors and local people alike, with some amazing offers available. There are deals to suit everyone – from £5 for delicious drinks and snacks right through to special three course menus for just £15.
Simply go to the Experience It Here website – www.experienceithere. co.uk - and click on Restaurant Week and download your vouchers.
There’s scores of places to choose from so make sure you try as many as you can – we suspect you’ll be back to try some more! @SunderlandBID @Sunderlandexperience #EatDrinkSunderland
It’s packed with offers from the city’s many coffee shops and cafés, its long standing restaurants and the new kids on the block. And these offers extend way beyond the centre, with eateries city wide signing up to take part. There’s never been a more perfect excuse for enjoying lots of different dining experiences over the course of a few days. Just think about it - an offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Think how you can dine out and not break the bank and perhaps invite a few colleagues or chums to join you as well.
Station Taxis are proud to be part of this year’s Sunderland Restaurant Week. If you are planning on trying somewhere new, or taking advantage of the great offers provided by our local restaurants, why not travel with us? Book your taxi for restaurant week by calling 0191 555 5 555, book online or download our App at www.stationtaxis.com
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Top 10 Surprising facts about the University of Sunderland
Was the first in England to introduce the ‘sandwich course’ in 1903, which enabled engineering apprentices to gain higher qualifications whilst working.
Sunderland was the first educational centre in the region to install a digital computer, the PDP-8 hybrid computer. This hi-tech innovation required a crane to haul it through the roof of the building in which it was housed - a far cry from today’s laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Top 10 academic areas classified as having ‘world leading’ research: 1. Pharmacy 2. Media Studies 3. Education 4. Engineering 5. Sports Sciences and Tourism 6. English 7. History 8. Art & Design 9. Business & Management 10. Social Work & Social Policy
Offered the first glass degree in England and possibly the world!
The University has the North East’s only FabLab on its City Campus.
Top 10 areas of academic strength: 1. Health Sciences and Wellbeing - including Pharmacy, Nursing, Cosmetic Science and Psychology 2. Advanced Manufacturing 3. Engineering 4. Arts and Creative Industries - including Media, Art & Design and Photography 5. Computer Science 6. Social Sciences 7. Business and Law 8. Tourism 9. Enterprise and Innovation 10. Sports Science
In the top five in the UK for providing Trans National Education (TNE) which is delivering University of Sunderland programmes in partner institutions worldwide from China, Malaysia, India and Pakistan to America, Greece, Kenya and Trinidad.
The University of Sunderland in London opened in 2012 – London students experience an identical level of academic excellence, with all courses undergoing the same rigorous quality processes.
Sunderland has been an important centre for education since 674 AD, when Benedict Biscop built St Peter’s Church and monastery – the Sir Tom Cowie Campus is based next to this famous church once home to the Venerable Bede.
The University of Sunderland has been instrumental in teaching since 1901, and was made a University in 1992.
The University of Sunderland in Hong Kong will officially launch in March 2017.
Sunderland’s Arts, Pharmacy and Education courses have particularly strong heritage, with the Arts School opening in 1901, the Pharmacy School in 1921 and Teacher Training starting in 1967.
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How to get dewy skin for spring
Here at the Bridges, we’ve been valiantly testing the best brightening and highlighting makeup to help you get that springtime shine.
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7 Sleek Highlighter Palette Solstice, Boots This highly pigmented palette suits all skin tones and enhances the complexion with a radiant glow. Price: £9.99
Strobe Crayons, Primark Ideal for trying out different tones of highlight, they come in gold, silver and blush. A bargain at £3
Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette, Debenhams A great eyeshadow palette for adding a natural look to the eyes. Price: £38.50
Perspective Lipstick, Lush For a fresh-faced spring look, this rosy, nude, long-lasting lipstick is perfect. Price: £14.50
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Sometimes itâ€™s the smallest acts of kindness that make the biggest difference. Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director, Gentoo
to give back to your local community
Gentoo’s aim is to build strong and vibrant communities. They want to inspire people to make a positive difference.
Be a good neighbour
Gentoo encourage staff and the local community to look out for their neighbours. It is so important to look out for others, it not only brings people together it helps people to feel safer.
Here are ten ways you can make a difference. Befriend someone who is socially isolated
According to Age UK, more than 1.2 million older people in England are lonely and 200,000 older people say they go for a month without having a conversation with a friend or family member. Why not join Gentoo’s team of volunteers who spend time with those who are socially isolated?
Donate to a local food bank
In times of increasing austerity, Gentoo realise the importance of supporting people who are financially vulnerable. Why not donate to a local food bank to help someone in need?
Read in a local school
Gentoo has a number of volunteers who provide one-toone reading support to children in local schools. The aim is to help children improve their reading and literacy skills.
Volunteer to help make improvements to your local area
Gentoo offer a number of volunteering opportunities such as litter picking, painting, gardening and improving facilities for community groups.
Apply for an Aspire Grant
Gentoo’s Aspire Grants are accessible to individuals and community/voluntary groups in Sunderland. The aim is to enable local people to improve their community. They offer grants up to the value of £500. For further information or to apply visit gentoogroup.com.
Do a random act of kindness
There is no other reason for this, other than to make someone happy. Do something nice for a friend or stranger. It could just be a smile, a thank you or a kind word.
Start a community group
Gentoo support their customers to set up their own community group that will benefit local people. They offer advice and guidance as well as the opportunity to apply for funding.
Want to make a difference? Join a Local Area Focus Group
Gentoo has five area based focus groups. They consider local issues and work with Gentoo staff to make recommendations for improvements. They meet every two months and anyone living in the area is welcome to attend.
Take part in an estate inspection
Gentoo work with the local community to help them to maintain their estates and neighbourhoods. They hold regular estate inspections where customers inspect their estates, identify issues and report these back to Gentoo staff.
If you are interested in giving your time to activities that help make a difference contact Gentoo’s Community Team on 0191 525 2760 or email communityteam @gentoogroup.com Gentoo Group Limited is a charitable community benefit society.
2017 will mark the Stadium of Light’s 20th anniversary and to celebrate this major milestone for the home of Sunderland AFC we have picked our top 10 moments at the SoL.
Jermain Defoe’s volley Jermain Defoe’s stunning left-footed volley against arch rivals Newcastle United not only secured a vital three points in the 2014/15 season but has also gone down as one of the finest goals to be scored at the Stadium of Light.
Carlos Edwards’ thunderbolt Carlos Edwards’ cracker of a goal against Burnley in 2007 is remembered not only for its thunderous drive into the top left hand corner but was the key moment in a five goal thriller which saw the Black Cats come out victorious.
Jiii!!!! Ji Dong Won provided Sunderland fans with the happiest of New Year’s in 2012 when he rounded Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart, in the final minute to earn a dramatic victory over the league leaders.
Kieran Richardson’s screamer “Sunderland have a glorious opportunity here if they can take it…with Richardson’s free kick…well we assume it is Richardson’s free kick… RICHARDSON!...Richardson has done it, the ball has torpedoed past Given and Sunderland take the lead” – Nick Barnes
That save Awarded as the Best Save at the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards to mark the first 20 years of the competition, Craig Gordon’s magnificent save against Bolton in 2010 will be remembered in the history books for a long time.
A match to remember At the end of last season goal king Jermain Defoe grabbed a sensational winner as Sunderland twice came from behind against Chelsea thanks to goals from Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini, to beat the Blues 3-2, sending Black Cats fans into raptures and rocking the Stadium of Light, a match to remember.
The Flying Dutchman Two missed penalties and two goals from Darren Bent was followed by a stunning flying volley from Bolo Zenden against Tottenham in 2010 as the Black Cats beat Spurs 3-1.
Beach Ball A goal that will live on in football history as the famous beach ball claimed an assist in Darren Bentâ€™s winning goal against Liverpool back in 2009.
Super Kev The 1999/2000 season will be remembered as the season Kevin Phillips claimed the golden boot and although there were a handful of stunning goals that helped Super Kev achieve that accolade, it was his picture perfect 25-yard volley against Chelsea in a 4-1 victory that will be remembered by Black Cats fans. Record winning season Spirits were high at the end of the 1998/99 season as Sunderland won promotion to the Premier League following one of the clubâ€™s most successful seasons at the Stadium of Light, which resulted in the club gaining a 105 points, a record amount of points at the time.
Please share your favourite moment at the Stadium of Light by tweeting @SunderlandAFC, using the hashtag #SoL20 on twitter.
Become a Sunderland Health Champion “It’s a great way to get involved in your community, learn new skills and improve your health and that of your friends, family and colleagues.” That’s the opinion of 52 year-old Keith Miller about the Sunderland Health Champion programme, a free training programme delivered on behalf of Sunderland City Council which is available to anyone who lives, works or volunteers in Sunderland. Keith is one of over 600 people in the city who have completed the five module training programme and are now accredited Health Champions promoting healthy living messages at home, work and within the community. He explains; “I worked in a call centre for many years before deciding to change my career and go back to university. “I’ve always been interested in volunteering and the university put me in touch with Sunderland City Council who told me about the Health Champion programme.
Keith (centre) volunteering with the Live Life Well Service
“The training is pitched at a level which is accessible to everyone and it covers everything from issues around alcohol and novel psychoactive substances, to tobacco and emotional health and resilience. “The modules are on throughout the year at venues all over the city and the great thing is, you can complete them in any order as long as you do them all within 12 months. In total it’s three days of training and one of the modules is Level 2 accredited. “I now have a much greater understanding of health issues and I’m also much more confident about signposting people to the help and support available.”
Having completed the Health Champion programme, Keith is now volunteering with the Live Life Well Service providing health information and advice to people across the city. He has also finished his studies at university and has a new role with Sunderland Carer’s Centre, something which he credits in part to his involvement in the Health Champion programme. “I undertook the training because I wanted to get more involved in volunteering and because the issue of health improvements fits well with my degree. However, what I didn’t expect was the benefits it would bring in terms of meeting new people and building my confidence.” “If you have an interest in health and you live, work or volunteer in Sunderland, then my advice would be to give this a go – you never know where it might lead!”
The Sunderland Health Champion Programme The Sunderland Health Champion programme aims to develop community leadership skills with FREE courses, so that passionate individuals can make a difference to health in their work, community and social networks. Who can become a Health Champion? People who live, work or volunteer in Sunderland, who are concerned about current health issues and are interested in promoting healthy lifestyles. Why it’s a good idea to become a Health Champion? The benefits of completing the five
training courses are that you can get involved in your community and gain new skills through access to training opportunities. You may improve your own health as well as the health of your friends and family. How do I become a Health Champion? The FREE training courses take a total of three days to complete and should be viewed like a jigsaw. You can do them in any order, at your own pace, and you can do just one or two courses, but to become a fully trained Health Champion you need to do ALL five training courses over a 12 month period.
The training courses are: 1. U nderstanding Health Improvement (level 2 accredited) (1 day) 2. A lcohol and Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (½ day) 3. Tobacco brief intervention (½ day) 4. Understanding Emotional Health and Resilience (½ day) 5. Healthy Money, Healthy You (½ day) For more information contact Live Life Well Sunderland on 0191 565 3482 or cdda-tr.HealthChampions@nhs.net
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1 3 Newly opened City Campus houses a state-of-the-art Spa, boasting a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and host of treatments that rival anything else the region has to offer.
A new partnership with former SAFC star Martin Scottâ€™s Improtech Soccer Elite will put the College at the forefront of football development.
Sunderland is the only college outside London to deliver NextGen, a diploma designed by industry experts including Sony, Ubisoft, Double Negative and Framestore. The diploma in games, animation and VFX skills ensures young people are industry-ready with the right skills and knowledge for the world of work.
4 6 Sunderland College’s learning provision caters for people aged anywhere between 14 and 90.
Sunderland College has had a 99% A-Level success rate for the last 8 years and recently formed Sunderland Sixth Form, pulling its entire sixth form provision together under one roof at Bede Campus.
Sunderland College’s City Campus boasts City Bistro, a fine dining restaurant overseen by Head Chef Kelvin Linstead, who has previously worked at Peace and Loaf and Jesmond Dene House. It is open to the public, to sample the great food and relaxed atmosphere.
Over £700,000 has been spent on new engineering equipment at City Campus to ensure students are working on industry standard equipment and are work ready when they leave the College.
Sunderland College delivers a wealth of Higher Education qualifications, from HNDs and HNCs to Foundation Degrees, to almost 700 students.
Sunderland College offers apprenticeships in over 40 subjects and 95% of College apprentices remain employed at the end of their apprenticeship. The College is the sixth largest apprenticeship provider in the region
Sunderland College sports development officer, Lucy Oliver, is a referee for the FA WSL and has officiated at two FA Cup finals. She was also named the “Woman of Inspiration 2016” at the national Women in Football Awards.
Can you feel The Force?
RESISTING the pull of the Dark Side and fast becoming a Force to be reckoned with, Sunderland Shorts Film Festival returns in 2017. Proving once again that dynamite comes in small packages, an array of bitesize blockbusters will land in the city on May 4… globally recognised as the unofficial “Star Wars Day”. Promising 50 shades of celluloid satisfaction, the festival, in its third year, will deliver a half century of short films to excite and enthral movie buffs of all ages and fans of all genres.
Audiences are invited to not only enjoy the movies, that have been sent from all over the world, but also vote for their favourite too. Anne Tye, festival director, said: “Sunderland Shorts is fast becoming one of the undoubted highlights of Sunderland’s cultural calendar, attracting exciting young talent, daring new films and avid viewers looking for a slightly different cinematic experience.
After a successful inaugural event in 2015, organisers built on the success last year and for 2017 have attracted submission from filmmakers based in 28 different countries.
“A short film screening is definitely a different experience; you’ll watch six to eight films from different genres, taking you on an emotional journey from brooding thrillers to heartwarming comedies; laugh out loud animation to thought-provoking dramas, there is something for fans of all genres to enjoy. Last year we even screened an Oscar winner!
The short films will be screened in the city centre’s Sunniside quarter…at a location to be announced soon.
“Hopefully the city will once again show its support for Sunderland Shorts.”
The festival was created when organisers Sunderland City Council saw the success of Washington DC’s internationally renowned short film festival, DC Shorts. Sunderland works in partnership with the US capital, thanks to the links with Washington Old Town, inspiring Sunderland Shorts and generating inward investment, with US firms choosing to locate to Sunderland, due to the Sister City connection.
For more information about Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, and for an up-to-date list of events and information on tickets, please visit www.sunderlandshorts.co.uk
Sunderland Shorts takes place from 4th to 6th May 2017 in City Centre venues.
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March Marquee the Occasion at Stadium of Light The Marquee will offer a high quality solution for large events capable of accommodating 1000 guests. It comes complete with a fully serviced bar, car parking facilities, security, reception area and is fully furnished. A perfect space to host weddings, conferences, dinners and even fashion shows. firstname.lastname@example.org 0371 911 1269 Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges (until 8pm) With free parking from 5.30pm - 9pm you can shop even longer on Thursdays at the Bridges. www.thebridges-shopping.com 0191 510 8581 Wed 1 & Apr 5 Record Keeping Workshop at North East BIC (9.30am - 12.30pm) This free workshop is aimed at anyone who is looking to start a new business. It will explore record keeping systems and help you decide which one is best for you. Free www.ne-bic.co.uk 0191 516 6107 Wed 1 - Sat 4 284 Miles to Home: A Photographic Journey at Arts Centre Washington A personal journey by Scott Read as he captured his first year (2016) in his new home of County Durham after following his heart north. Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Wed 1 - Sat Apr 8 Youth Arts Exhibition at Arts Centre Washington A celebration of the talented young artists who live in our city. Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Wed 1 - Sat Jul 1 Glasmuseet (Glass Museum) Ebeltoft at National Glass Centre Ebeltoft is a beautiful, traditional town on the central east coast of Denmark. The Glass Museum and its collection of over 1500 objects is a major feature of the town. Free www.nationalglasscentre.com Thur 2 Transit at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) A father and daughter try to piece together their relationship after being torn apart by war for over a decade. From £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
Thur 2, Apr 6 & May 4 Marketing Surgery at North East BIC (10am - 3pm) This monthly workshop gives you access to free marketing support. Offering advice on improving your marketing activity, designing leaflets, help with your website and much more. Free www.ne-bic.co.uk 0191 516 6107 Fri 3 The Grinning Idiot Club at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Some of the funniest stand ups on the circuit take to the stage. £10 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 4 SAFC v Manchester City at Stadium of Light (3pm) Hospitality available from £55 per person. www.safc.com 0371 911 1973 Sat 4 Art and Craft Fair at Arts Centre Washington (10am - 3.30pm) A variety of stalls selling products created by local and regional artists and crafts people. Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 4 One Night in Nashville at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) from £26.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Sat 4 An Evening with Shaun Ryder at Independent (7.30pm) A fascinating insight into life in one of the UK’s most loved bands. From £13 www.independentsunderland.com 0191 514 2229 Sat 4 The Davy Lamp Folk Club present Bob Fox at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Ex-resident of the Davy Lamp in the early days, Bob’s now back on the folk scene, after touring the UK and the world in his role as the ‘Songman’ in the hit musical ‘War Horse’ pay on the door. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 4 1 Day Introduction to Ceramics at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) A chance to learn basic wheel based ceramic skills and practice throughout the day. Make a tea bowl or ornamental vessel. £60 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555
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March Sat 4 Craft & Vintage Fair at Sunderland Minster Includes vintage and retro goods, local crafts, handmade goods, cake and more. 50p www.sunderlandminster.org 0191 565 4066 Wed 8 Ross Noble: Brain Dump at Sunderland Empire (8pm) from £27.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Weds 8 - Apr 5 Drawing Club at National Glass Centre (6pm - 8pm) A five week course for those with some drawing experience. £80 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Weds 8 - Apr 5 Glass Tableware Club at National Glass Centre (5.45pm - 9.15pm) A five week fusing, slumping and casting class for those with experience. £125 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Thur 9 Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Thur 9 Butterfly at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) A clever, funny, dark one woman show that allows us to assess how we treat human beings in the 21st century, expertly performed by Jacqueline Phillips. From £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Thurs Apr 6 Screen Printing on Glass at National Glass Centre (6pm - 9pm) This five week course offers participants a comprehensive introduction into screen printing onto glass. £125 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Fri 10 The Magic of Motown at Sunderland Empire (8pm) from £30.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022
Sats 11 - Apr 8 Glass Tableware Club at National Glass Centre (1pm - 4.30pm) A five week fusing, slumping and casting class for those with experience. £125 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sat 11 & 18 Stained Glass Weekend Leaded Technique at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) Make contemporary glass art using the traditional stained glass techniques. £110 www.nationalglasscentre.co.uk 0191 515 5555 Sats 11 - Apr 15 Intermediate Ceramics at National Glass Centre (10am - 1pm) Students will learn a range of decorating and construction techniques from practical demonstrations. £140 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sat 11 - Sun May 7 Sunderland Photography Association at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens An exhibition of photographs by members of this long established photography club. Free 0191 561 2323 Tue 14 Sunderland Pianoforte Society Recital at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (7.15pm) Young Steinway artist Harry Nowakowski-Fox will be performing on the night. From £12.50 www.sunderlandpianofortesociety.org Tue 14 Sunderland Stages: Give Me Your Love at Sunderland College: Bede Campus (7.30pm) An off the wall play about a World War veteran’s struggle to shake the horrors of his past. From £5 www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3456
Sat 11 Ellen Kent’s La Bohème at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) from £14.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022
Thur 16, Apr 27 & May 25 Sunderland Stages: Ventoux at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Ventoux charts the parallel lives of champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions. £8 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
Sat 11 - Sun 19 Eat, Drink, Sunderland Restaurant Week Restaurants from across the city will be showcasing their unique flavours, offering special two and three course menus for £10 or £15. www.experienceithere.co.uk
Thur 16 Sales Surgery at North East BIC (9.30am - 12.30pm) The monthly Sales Surgery provides you with advice from an industry expert as you plan your sales strategy. Free www.ne-bic.co.uk 0191 516 6107
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March Thur 16 - Sat 18 Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella at Sunderland Empire from £18.90 pus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Fri 17 - Sat Apr 15 The Materialistics: Grand Tour at Arts Centre Washington The Materialistics return! After their successful exhibition in the Theatre Foyer last year this time they are back with their full exhibition of The Grand Tour. Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 18 Gunge! A Show with Gunge in it! at Arts Centre Washington (2pm) A ridiculously fun show for kids and stupid adults where a team of male comedians takes on a team of female comedians and the captain of the losing team gets covered in gunge! £6.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 18 National Science Week: Big Bang Science Parties at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10am, 11am & 1pm) See amazing science demonstrations up close including rocket science, the whoosh bottle, elephant’s toothpaste and more. Make your own lava lamp to take away and learn the chemistry behind it. Booking in advance is required. £4 0191 561 2323 Sat 18 - Sun Jun 4 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens This is the leading international photographic portrait competition, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography. Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is the first venue on the national tour. Free 0191 561 2323 Sat 18 SAFC v Burnley at Stadium of Light (3pm) Hospitality available from £50 per person. www.safc.com 0371 911 1973 Sun 19 Justin’s Party at Sunderland Empire from £18.15 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Mon 20 - Sat 25 The Full Monty at Sunderland Empire Based on a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose from £16.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022
Mon 20 - Sat 25 The Odd Couple at The Royalty Theatre Two divorced New Yorkers try to live together ‘without driving each other crazy’ in this classic based on Neil Simon’s hit play and movie. From £6.50 Tue 21 World Darts Blockbuster Night at Stadium of Light (6pm) Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is bringing his arrows back to the home of Sunderland AFC to take on some of the club’s first team players in a World Darts Blockbuster night. From £50.50 email@example.com 0871 911 1555 Wed 22 Film Screening: Mother’s Day at Arts Centre Washington (1.30pm) Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts. £3 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 5613455 Fri 24 & Sat 25 Tobias Mohl at National Glass Centre A rare opportunity to see Master Glassblower Tobias Mohl. Tobias lives and works in Ebeltoft, Denmark and will be demonstrating in the studio. www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sat 25 Sunderland Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert at West Park Church (7.30pm) ‘Music from the British Isles’. £8 www.sunderlandsymphonyorchestra.org.uk Sat 25 Crafting for Mum at Katie’s Garden (10am) Join the party this Mother’s day and have some crafty fun with mum £15 per child, £16 per adult 07519 824422 Sat 25 Flameworked Glass Insects at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) On this one day class you will make a dragonfly, creating and sculpting each section separately out of borosilicate glass, to then join all sections together. £80 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sat 25 Pulse at Arts Centre Washington (7pm) Pulse celebrates the best in youth dance across the region and provide local dance groups with the platform to perform and be inspired by each other’s work. Pay what you decide www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
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March Sun 26 Mother’s Day Lunch at The Glass Yard One course: £9.95. Two courses: £14.95. Three courses: £18.95 (includes a special gift for Mum). For more information or to book please call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1) Sun 26 Mother’s Day Lunch at Karbon Grill Show your mum how much you care with a fantastic lunch at the Karbon Grill. All mothers will receive a special gift from £19.95 firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 349 8500 Sun 26 Mother’s Day Lunch at Stadium of Light Show your mum how much you care with a fantastic lunch at the Stadium of Light. All mothers will receive a special gift from £19.95 email@example.com 0371 911 1555 Sun 26 Mother’s Day Tea at Katie’s Garden (12pm) You, your mum & all the special ladies in your life are invited to spend a lovely lunch time with the staff at Katie’s Garden. Booking is essential. £24 07519 824422 Sun 26 Mother’s Day Butterfly Sandcast at National Glass Centre Create a butterfly mould in sand, and then decorate using your Mum’s favourite colours. £15 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sun 26 Flameworked Hollow Beads and Bubbles at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) This day class will focus on blowing small glass beads using borosilicate glass tube, learn how to pull points, blow glass and make holes in the bead. £80 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sun 26 - Tue 28 Orchestra’s Live at Sunderland Empire from £11.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Wed 29, Apr 26 & May 31 Social Media Café at North East BIC (12pm - 1pm) The monthly social media cafe at the North East BIC is a place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, share ideas and lessons learnt. Free www.ne-bic.co.uk 0191 516 6107
Wed 29 Legal Awareness Workshop at North East BIC (9.30am - 12.30pm) This is aimed at anyone who is looking to start a new business. It will give an overview of the essential areas that anyone starting a business needs to understand. Free www.ne-bic.co.uk 0191 516 6107 Thur 30 Whitney - Queen of the Night at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) from £22.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Fri 31 Patrick Monahan at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The lovable Teesside comedian returns! www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
April Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges (until 8pm) With free parking from 5.30pm - 9pm you can shop even longer on Thursdays at the Bridges. www.thebridges-shopping.com 0191 510 8581 Sat 1 Beyond the Barricade at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) from £25.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Sat 1 The Davy Lamp Folk Club present The JayWalkers at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The Jaywalkers were BBC Young Folk Award finalists 2009 and are one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands around pay on the door. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 1 Art and Craft Fair at Arts Centre Washington (10am - 3.30pm) A variety of stalls selling products created by local and regional artists and crafts people. Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 1 Craft & Vintage Fair at Sunderland Minster Includes vintage and retro goods, local crafts, handmade goods, cake and more. 50p www.sunderlandminster.org 0191 565 4066
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April Sun 2 Northern Star Theatre Arts presents 10 Years of Stars at Sunderland Empire (7pm) Northern Star Theatre Arts are celebrating a decade of being Sunderland’s largest children’s theatre school from £16.65 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Tue 4 - Sat 8 Evita at Sunderland Empire from £17.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Wed 5 Sunderland Stages: Jonny the Baptists: Eat the Poor at Pop Recs (7.30pm) A riotously funny musical comedy exploring the gap between rich and poor from the multiaward nominated musical comedians, as featured on Radio 4 and the BBC. £5 www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3456 Fri 7 The Grinning Idiot Comedy Club at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Mickey Hutton, David Hadingham and Cal Halbert take to the stage! £10 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 8 SAFC v Manchester United at Stadium of Light (3pm) Hospitality from £50 per person www.safc.com 0371 911 1973 Sat 8, Fri 14 & Mon 17 Glass Painted Easter Chick at National Glass Centre Use glass painting pens to decorate a bird shape; hang it up at home as a colourful decoration. £4 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sat 8 - Fri 21 LEGO: Brick Animal Trail and Workshops at Washington Wetland Centre The incredibly popular GIANT LEGO® brick friends are making a return this Easter; and they’re bringing a few new additions along with them! www.wwt.org.uk 0191 416 5454 Sat 8 - Sun 23 Dinosaur Egg Hunt at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Can you find all the dinosaur eggs hidden around the Museum and Winter Gardens? £2.50 0191 561 2323 Sat 8 - Sun 23 Easter Holiday Fun at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk 0191 561 2323
Sun 9 The Illegal Eagles at the Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) £25.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Mons and Thurs 10 - 20 Fused Glass Easter Chick at National Glass Centre (3pm) Decorate a specially cut glass chick shape and adorn it with glass mosaic tiles and powders. On Monday 10 there will be a 2pm relaxed session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly. £10 Booking is essential www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Mons, Thurs & Sats 10 - 22 Easter Sandcast at National Glass Centre Create your own Easter egg or bird using sand to make a mould. £15 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Tue 11 Mirror Portraits at National Glass Centre (10.30am - 4pm) This challenging workshop will get you thinking about reflection, perspective and colours while you paint a mirrored tile. £5 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Wed 12 The Owl and The Pussycat at Arts Centre Washington (11am & 2pm) Using puppets and live music, Kitchen Zoo brings to life an unexpected telling of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat. £6.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Wed 12 Weather Mobiles at National Glass Centre (10.30am - 4pm) Create a beautiful hanging mobile using acetate and a range of craft materials. There will be a 9.30am 10.30am relaxed session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly. £3 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Fri 14 Angelic Upstarts at Independent (7pm) £10 www.independentsunderland.com 0191 514 2229 Fri 14 Easter Crafters at Katie’s Garden (11am) Make your own Easter craft, enjoy a themed afternoon tea and hunt around the garden to find a few little treats left by the Easter bunny £16 per child, £10 per adult. 07519 824422
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April Fri 14 Penshaw Bowl at Herrington Country Park A range of Easter activities centred around a traditional egg rolling competition in Herrington Country Park. All children aged eleven and under are welcome to take part in the egg roll which will once again be opened by The Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Sunderland. Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Sat 15 SAFC v West Ham United at Stadium of Light (3pm) Hospitality from £50 per person www.safc.com 0371 911 1973 Sat 15 Easter Crafters at Katie’s Garden (11am) Make your own Easter craft, enjoy a themed afternoon tea and hunt around the garden to find a few little treats left by the Easter bunny £16 per child, £10 per adult 07519 824422 Sat 15 Easter Ceilidh at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) With the Tony Corcoran Ceilidh Band. Dancing and traditional music for the whole family in the Low Barn. £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sun 16 Easter Sunday Lunch at The Glass Yard One course: £9.95. Two courses: £14.95. Three courses: £18.95 (children receive a chocolate gift left by the Easter Bunny). 0191 515 5555 (Option 1) Sun 16 Easter Sunday Lunch at Karbon Grill Celebrate Easter with a fantastic lunch at the Karbon Grill firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 349 8500 Sun 16 Easter Sunday Lunch at Stadium of Light Celebrate Easter with a fantastic lunch at the Stadium of Light email@example.com 0371 911 1555 Tue 18 Clay Jewellery, Badges and Magnets at National Glass Centre (10.30am - 4pm) Use airdrying clay to sculpt shapes and press beads and jewels into the surface to create beautifully adorned pieces. There will be a 9.30am relaxed session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly. £3 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555
Tue 18 - Sat 22 All or Nothing at Sunderland Empire From £23.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Wed 19 Film Screening: Asunder at Arts Centre Washington (1.30pm & 7pm) Asunder looks specifically at the stories of the people of Sunderland and the wider North East who participated in the First World War. £3 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Wed 19 Collage a Glass Photo Frame at National Glass Centre Bring a photo you’d like to remember forever to this workshop where you’ll create a collage between glass and then paint on the glass to create a stunning hanging frame. £10 Booking is essential www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Wed 19 Mat Making Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (1pm - 3pm) Join Kath Price as she demonstrates the traditional skill of matmaking in the Textile Traditions Gallery. Free 0191 561 2323 Thur 20 Glass Jewellery, Badges and Magnets at National Glass Centre (2pm & 3.30pm) Make your own collection of accessories using glass tiles and powders in this more advanced fusing workshop. £8 Booking is essential www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Thur 20 Creative Writing Workshop at Arts Centre Washington (10am - 2pm) Develop your creative skills and hone your storytelling abilities. Especially designed for children aged 8+. £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Fri 21 The Creative Brain at Arts Centre Washington (11am & 2pm) Have you ever wondered how children’s writers like Roald Dahl come up with all their fantastic stories and characters? Find out now! £6.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
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April Fri 21 Masquerade Masks at National Glass Centre (10.30am - 4pm) Disguise yourself using crafty materials and masks in this bedazzling workshop. £3 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sat 22 - Fri Jun 2 Creative Age at Arts Centre Washington A celebration of the weekly Creative Age group, which is a group designed for people living with the early stages of dementia. Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sun 23 Active Sunderland: BIG 3 in 1 at Herrington Country Park (10am - 4pm) The new BIG Event for 2017 which incorporates a fun run, bike ride and walk all at one venue. The event is designed for families and younger people giving them the opportunity to have a go at three exciting events. Participants can choose to take part in one, two or all three events on the day. www.activesunderland.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org Sun 23 Small Wonder at Legacy (8pm) 0191 565 2171 Tue 25 Sunderland Pianoforte Society Recital at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (7.15pm) Joseph Houston will be returning to Sunderland for a second time to perform on the night. From £12.50 www.sunderlandpianofortesociety.org Fri 28 - Sat Jun 10 Ken Watts at Arts Centre Washington A retrospective of work by the late Jarrow painter. Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Fri 28 Sunderland Stages: Mixtape at The Dun Cow (7.30pm) Mixtape is a music quiz comedy sketch show like no other. So, bring a team along and guess the songs that inspire the sketches to be in with the chance of winning one of the highly coveted Golden Mixtape trophies. £5 www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3456 Sat 29 SAFC v AFC Bournemouth at Stadium of Light (3pm) Hospitality from £50 per person. www.safc.com 0371 911 1973
Sat 29 Sgt. Pepper’s Rave! at Arts Centre Washington (2.30pm) Turn on, tune in and drop some haribo as we party like its 1969 at this family rave inspired by the world of Yellow Submarine. £4 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 29 Film Screening: Singalong Yellow Submarine (U) and Instrument Making at Arts Centre Washington (10.30am) Dive bomb into our underwater wonderland and take a kaleidoscopic trip aboard Chalk’s Yellow Submarine with John, Paul, George and Ringo. £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
May Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges (until 8pm) With free parking from 5.30pm - 9pm you can shop even longer on Thursdays at the Bridges. www.thebridges-shopping.com 0191 510 8581 Mon 1 - Sat 6 Grease at Sunderland Empire from £17 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Thur 4 & Sat 6 Sunfest… New Blood at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Soon to be drama graduates will be picking an exciting contemporary work, that really showcase their creative talents and performing skills. £7.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 6 The Davy Lamp Folk Club present Kieran Halpin (7.30pm) A highly accomplished songwriter, Kieran is one of the hardest working musicians on the folk scene and is constantly touring pay on the door. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 6 Art and Craft Fair at Arts Centre Washington (10am - 3.30pm) A variety of stalls selling products created by local and regional artists and crafts people. Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
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May Sat 6 Craft & Vintage Fair at Sunderland Minster Includes vintage and retro goods, local crafts, handmade goods, cake and more. 50p www.sunderlandminster.org 0191 565 4066 Sun 7 King of Pop: The Legend Continues at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) from £25 plus £2.85 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Sun 7 Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K 2017 From £32 0191 520 5518 Sun 7 Active Sunderland: BIG 3K Run at Keel Square, Sunderland (9am - 10am) The Active Sunderland BIG 3K run is the perfect opportunity for runners of all abilities to be part of a fantastic weekend of running in the city; taking place immediately before the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10k running event. www.activesunderland.org.uk email@example.com Wed 10 - Sun 14 Gangsta Granny at Sunderland Empire from £19 plus £2.80 transaction fee. www.atgtickets.com 0844 871 3022 Thur 11 & Sat 13 Sunfest… Gut Girls at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington presenting a range of classic and contemporary texts. £7.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Fri 12 Sunderland Stages: Gods & Mortals at Sunderland Minster (7.30pm) Discover the magical quartet of dancers and live musicians of the Odissi Ensemble, as they tell the stories of the Hindu gods and highlight the everyday struggles and triumphs of humans. £12 www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3456 Sat 13 SAFC v Swansea City at Stadium of Light (3pm) Hospitality from £50 per person. www.safc.com 0371 911 1973 Sat 13 - Sun 2 Sunderland Art Club at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by enthusiastic amateur artists. Free 0191 561 2323
Sun 14 - Sat Jun 3 Play on the Pitch at Stadium of Light Take your place in 90 minutes of adrenaline fuelled action as the Stadium of Light offers football fans and aspiring players an exclusive chance to show off their skills, at the home of Sunderland AFC. £1500 + VAT per team. firstname.lastname@example.org 0371 911 1555 Mon 15 - Sat 20 The Pitmen Painters at The Royalty Theatre This highly amusing, deeply moving and always entertaining show examines the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things. £6.50 www.royaltytheatre.co.uk 0191 908 5683 Wed 17 Mat Making Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (1pm - 3pm) Join Kath Price as she demonstrates the traditional skill of matmaking in the Textile Traditions Gallery. Free 0191 561 2323 Thur 18 Sunfest… Caucasian Chalk Circle at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington presenting a range of classic and contemporary text. £7.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 20 Sunfest… Mother Courage at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington presenting a range of classic and contemporary text. £7.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Thur 25 Sunfest… Coriolanus at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington presenting a range of classic and contemporary text. www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Fri 26 - Sat 27 Sunderland Stages: Mobile at Market Square A play that takes place inside a cosy caravan parked up in Sunderland City Centre! This is a heart-warming show that explores people’s dreams of the future pay what you decide. www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3456
New season features Bowie, punk, politics, curry & a quiz Following their win of The British Theatre Guide award for Best Event 2016, Sunderland Stages have launched their third season of theatre performances in unexpected venues. Maintaining their offbeat brand of shows, the spring programme kicked off with food-based comedy The Chef Show, a hilarious fly on the wall experience of a father and son on a busy night in the local curry house set inside The Funky Indian restaurant complete a spicy cookery demonstration. If you were looking for an alternative night out for Valentine’s Day, From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads at The Royalty was a darkly funny must see for any Bowie fanatic, and featured a blistering soundtrack. Further adding to the icons of music, punk fans were able to enjoy Viv Albertine in Conversation with Marie Nixon as a part of the British Library Punk 1976-78 Exhibition at City Library.
Gods and Mortals in Sunderland Minster, will play host to live music and contemporary interpretation of Indian dance and in Sunderland city centre a magical cosy caravan will take audiences on a journey through people’s dreams in Mobile. For a more relaxed night out, Mixtape’s series of three musically inspired sketch show quizzes and Johnny & the Baptists politically inspired musical comedy at Pop Recs provide hilarious entertainment. Further performances explore themes of mental health and sport doping at Sunderland College and Arts Centre Washington, and the programme also include an enchanted seaside tale with music and puppetry for families at National Glass Centre. Tickets start from £5.00 and can be booked online at www.sunderlandstages.co.uk
A new year and a new season full of theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, comedy and films at Arts Centre Washington A new season of theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, comedy and film promises something for everyone at Arts Centre Washington. Sing your socks off at Sing-a-long Yellow Submarine (April 29), which will be followed by a 1960’s style family rave, with rainbow face painting, bubbles, hula hoops and the opportunity to make your own psychedelic headwear. The Creative Brain (April 21) takes children aged five to 10 through a fun, silly adventure into a world of stories to meet a cast of unexpected characters. Theatre highlights include:
Ventoux (March 16) is a restaging of a fearsome encounter during the drugfuelled Tour de France of 2000; In May The University of Sunderland’s Drama students take over the theatre for the month long ‘Sunfest’. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be on the menu alongside plays by the likes of Brecht; Patrick Monaghan, the family’s favourite funny man, returns with That 80’s Show’ (March 31) as does The Grinning Idiot Comedy Club (April 7); Young dancers will be strutting their stuff in the fantastic ‘Pulse’ dance showcase (March 25).
The arts centre is home to the Davy Lamp Folk Club which takes place on the first Saturday of every month. Upcoming acts include Bob Fox (March 4) and Kieran Halpin (May 6). The first Saturday of the month is the Arts and Crafts Fair, where a variety of stalls sell products created by local and regional artists and crafts people. The centre also hosts classes and courses for all ages and abilities to take part in the arts. For more information visit www.artscentrewashington.co.uk or call 0191 561 3455.
Sunniside goes LIVE for third year Thousands will take to the city centre for Sunniside LIVE, welcoming indie rock band The Happy Mondays, and soul legend Heather Small to the open-air summer gig. A jam-packed line-up will fill the air with music over the two-day event, from Friday 7 to Saturday 8 July. Friday’s line up kicks off from 4pm, as K Klass and DJ Allister Whitehead get the party started with a collection of electronic and house music hits. Allister is one of the UK’s most prolific House DJs.
Heather Small, voice of M People will complete the Friday line-up, taking to the stage to belt out her feel-good classics as part of her 25th anniversary tour. When asked about playing in Sunderland, Heather said:
THIS JULY, the streets of Sunniside will come alive to the nostalgic sound of two of the UK’s most successful nineties artists.
I’m really excited about performing at Sunniside LIVE. I’m delighted to be making a special stop in Sunderland as part of my Anniversary Tour, celebrating 25 years of the hits of M People.
Music fans of all ages will be waiting eagerly to see Saturday’s headline act – The Happy Mondays, fronted by Sean Ryder. The band takes to the stage on Saturday night, closing the two-day festival. They will be supported by The Farm, Social Room, Lord Swans and Chris Helme (The Seahorses), who will warm up the crowds from 12pm onwards.
Organisers Helen Davies and Sean Maddison – who run both Bar Justice and Gin & Bear it – have made some improvements to the set-up of this year’s event, securing food stalls, more bars, a stall selling bottled drinks/spirits and the
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Tickets are £35 for a weekend pass, £17.50 for a Friday night ticket and £22.50 for a Saturday ticket. Limited VIP tickets are available.
“It will be a fantastic event and tickets are selling fast, so we’d encourage people to get booked up as soon as possible.” VIP ticket holders will have access to exclusive facilities, a VIP bar, buffet and the chance to relax in the VIP seating area.
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★★★★★ option to buy a VIP package ticket. Helen said: “This is set to be the biggest and best Sunniside LIVE yet. We have made some changes that will ensure that the experience over the course of the weekend is even better than in previous years.”
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Sunniside LIVE is supported by Sunderland BID and media partner Sun FM. Gemma Dishman, Marketing and Communications Manager at Sunderland BID, added: “Sunniside LIVE has continued to increase in strength and numbers over the past three years. The decision to expand the event over two days proves that Sunderland is a prime location for outdoor music events.” “We are very confident that this year will see record numbers of attendance, and look forward to seeing how the event will grow in the future.” @SunderlandBID
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Kicking spring into action
The Stadium of Light is kicking Spring into action with a host of events taking place at the home of Sunderland AFC this year.
Here players can take their place in 90 minutes of adrenaline fuelled action as the Stadium of Light offers football fans and aspiring players an exclusive chance to show off their skills, at the A range of family events will take place home of Sunderland AFC this spring. at the stadium including Motherâ€™s Day The Stadium of Light will also be hosting lunch on Sunday 26 March 2017, where a central marquee outside the ground sons and daughters can show how much in May which will offer a high quality they care for mum with a sumptuous solution for large events capable of lunch, with all mothers also receiving a accommodating 1000 guests. special gift. The marquee which comes complete In April the Stadium of Light will with a fully serviced bar, car parking welcome the Easter Bunny for Easter facilities, security, reception area and is Sunday Lunch with all young visitors fully furnished provides a perfect space receiving a free gift alongside a threeto host weddings, conferences, dinners course feast for all the family. and even fashion shows. As the 2016/17 football season comes to an end fans of the beautiful game can kick into action as the home of the Black Cats welcomes back Play on the Pitch 2017.
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A vision of regeneration Siglion is the name behind some of Sunderland’s most exciting regeneration projects. From the city centre to the seafront, Siglion has a vision to create spaces and transform places, with community at its heart. With the first phase of development on the Vaux site now underway and plans progressing swiftly on other sites, Vibe learns ten things about some inspiring projects that Siglion is also throwing its weight behind, to improve Sunderland and the lives of the people who live here. 1. Siglion has pledged its support to Sunderland’s City of Culture Bid, committing to providing in-kind and financial support amounting to £80,000. This will ensure that – win or lose Sunderland will deliver a stunning cultural programme that will change lives in 2021. 2. Siglion’s support helps make the Sunderland 10k and Half Marathon possible. The event showcases our beautiful city to more than 4,000 runners, delivering an economic boost to the city, enabling runners to raise thousands of pounds for charity, and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle in the process.
4. Local lad Ryan Pringle is one of Sunderland’s most talented young sportsmen, and Siglion is proud to sponsor the Durham County Cricket Club all-rounder.
8. Community arts trail The Great North Snowdogs was backed by Siglion in 2016, and the company even joined forces with Sunderland BID to keep ‘Tails of the Sea’ by artist Joanne Wishart in Sunderland. The man-sized mutt will find its 5. Siglion was one of ten Sunderland businesses to take part in an Arts Council- permanent home at Vaux, when work is complete in 2018. backed project connecting artists with enterprise to improve places. The project 9. 2017 will see the launch of a inspired Siglion to further work with community fund, that will see Siglion artists, resulting in the design for The commit money to great causes across the Launch, an iconic structure proposed for city. Keep your eyes peeled for updates the Vaux site. at www.siglion.com or by following Siglion on social media. 6. Sunderland’s Amazing Wearside Awards, which celebrate some of the city’s most inspirational people and businesses, are supported by Siglion.
7. Siglion has been instrumental in commencing the establishment of a Young Urbanists project in Sunderland working with approximately 20 young people over the course of an academic year to develop skills, confidence, 3. The Siglion team were among scores of knowledge of urban design, urban volunteers who took to Sunderland’s development, citizenship, placemaking shoreline with a litter-picker in-hand for and the challenges of achieving the Sun FM-supported Beach Clean Up. sustainable places.
10. Siglion is preserving and protecting some of the city’s most beautiful, old buildings. Hidden gems like River Wear Commissioners Building in St Thomas Street are being celebrated and now stand proudly as home to a range of businesses, with a bright future.
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for foster carer Barry With almost 600 children currently living in care in Sunderland, one city foster parent is calling on more people to consider opening their doors to a child. Vibe Magazine speaks to Sunderland foster carer Barry Williams to find out more about the reality of taking in a child…or even two. “Seeing the benefits of fostering while my parents were foster carers, I knew it was something I wanted to do myself,” says Barry, who is fostering two boys – one 11 and the other eight – with his wife, Helen. “My wife and I had always wanted to foster a child. I knew the difference it can make to a young person’s life, but also the difference it would make to our lives,” he said. “Our motivation was to make sure the children we fostered
enjoyed the things that we were able to enjoy as children – we wanted the boys to become part of our family, and feel loved and safe.” Barry, who fostered his boys through Sunderland City Council’s Fostering Service, talks of his own experience with positivity, warmth and a genuine affection for the children he has welcomed into his home.
Understanding the reservations that many considering fostering have, Barry offers some advice. He says: “The guardian/child matchmaking service at Sunderland City Council works really closely with all potential foster carers, giving you information and training to care for the children you may foster and, generally prepares you for the task of raising a child.
“The team are there for you just as Stressing that there isn’t a “specific much as they are for the children, type” when it comes to foster carers, because you’re both making big life Barry says: “People of all ages, changes, but definitely for the better.” backgrounds and professions sign up to foster. The singular common bond appears to be that they care. Black, To learn more about how you white; heterosexual, gay; single mothers, can change a child’s world parents with multiple kids; salt of the through fostering or adoption, earth pillars of the community, visit one of Sunderland’s regular wealthy professionals; anyone who information sessions. Find out can provide the love a child needs can more at www.sunderland.gov. be a foster carer.”
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Gardeners go greener In 2016 over 30,000 households signed up to Sunderland City Council’s garden waste collection service, recycling a fantastic 6000 tonnes of garden waste between April and September. That’s the same weight as 1000 African elephants!
Get out and about with events for everyone Whether you want some family fun, to set yourself a new challenge or just sit back and enjoy a spectacle, Sunderland’s got the event for you in the coming months. Penshaw Bowl Friday 14 April (Good Friday), Herrington Country Park Get your eggs decorated and ready to roll in this popular annual event. There’s prizes for the best decorated too! Active Sunderland BIG 3 in 1 Sunday 23 April, Herrington Country Park A new event for 2017 and an opportunity to get active, with a one mile bike ride, one mile run and one mile walk, perfect for the little ones. Active Sunderland BIG 3k run Sunday 7 May, City Centre Whatever your ability, get the running shoes on and join in. Siglion City 10k and half marathon Sunday 7 May, City Centre Sign up now at www.sunderlandcity10k.com
Active Sunderland BIG Bike Ride Sunday 11 June, St Peter’s/City wide Join hundreds of cyclists enjoying three routes of varying difficulty. All of the routes make full use of our extensive cycle routes, with most of the cycling being off road. DON’T FORGET! Sunderland International Airshow 21-23 July, Roker and Seaburn Get the date in your diary now for the annual spectacular. Expect thrills in the air, entertainment on the ground and fun for all the family.
Online sign up is now available for garden waste collections in Sunderland in 2017. Residents who sign up will receive 17 collections of their garden waste, from April – November 2017 The cost is £27.50, which works out at £1.62 per collection. Yes please (loose and not in bags): • Grass cuttings • Weeds and dead plants • Twigs and small branches • Hedge and shrub prunings • Cut flowers and houseplants • Leaves No thanks: • Food waste including meat, fish, fruit, salad and vegetables • Plastic or plastic packaging • Any packaging • Vegetable peelings and egg shells • Tea bags or coffee grinds • Large items of garden waste, for example tree trunks • Soil and rubble To receive all 17 collections in 2017, place make your payment before 1 March.
For full information on all of the events listed, and many more, visit www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk
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New digital system set to improve healthcare in Sunderland A new digital system for accessing patient records is set to be rolled out across the North East region over the coming months, helping medical professionals to provide better, safer emergency care for local people. The Great North Care Record system, which is expected to be operating across the region by April 2017, provides secure, real-time access to a summary of GP-held records for emergency doctors, nurses and paramedics, so that they can make potentially life-saving decisions with easy access to up-to-date medical records. Dr Ian Pattison, clinical chair at NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This is an important step towards improving emergency care, with clear safeguards in place to ensure patients’ information is secure and safe. “Health professionals will be able to access the most up to date and accurate information quickly and easily, meaning they can offer better advice and safer, more effective care. Less time will be wasted getting hold of medical records, and patients will
spend less time answering the same questions more than once. “In some cases, this will mean not having to be admitted to hospital, or being able to leave sooner.” The Great North Care Record - which is already used in parts of the region – is being rolled out across the North East with support from the North East Urgent and Emergency Care Network and its partners. The electronic system will include the sort of details that are already shared using slower methods of communication, like phone calls and letters. The patient will be asked by the healthcare professional caring for them for consent to access their record. This could include details of medical conditions, medication, operations and treatment, tests that have been requested or carried out, and contact
details for next of kin or other carers, but will not contain information about sensitive discussions the patient has had with their GP. If a patient chooses to opt out, the information will not be available to health professionals. Everyone in the region will be included in the initiative if they do not choose to opt out. Anyone who is happy to be included will not need to take any action. Any patient who would like to discuss any concerns or find out more can do so by picking up a leaflet at their GP Practice or speaking with one of the practice team. The project is supported by CCGs, NHS Trusts, out-of-hours GP services, North East Ambulance Service and GP practices across the North East, with regional support from the North East Urgent and Emergency Care Network and Connected Health Cities.
A vibrant start for University’s new centre for enterprise Ashmore Consulting, who lead Sunderland’s vibrancy initiative on behalf of the city’s partners, are to be one of the first tenants to move into Hope Street Xchange. In developing what was the derelict Grade II Gas Board showroom building the University has given a new purpose to one of the city centre’s much-loved heritage assets, bringing it right into the 21st century while respecting its 19th Century roots. GSS Architecture has worked with the University on this its latest city centre campus development, and what has emerged is a very special, unique new building, created with love. This care and respect is evident in the quality of finish throughout, choice of materials, impressive use of the highest specification AV and IT infrastructure, site-specific artwork created by worldrenowned painter Lothar Goetz and the careful preservation of original features in the Grade II listed wing of the building. Tony Ikwue, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Sunderland, said: “Hope Street Xchange is about creating a crossing point; bringing different elements together – the new and the old, the city’s emerging heritage quarter and the modern city campus, innovation and preservation,
business and academia. We’re very proud of what we have achieved and think this is a very positive addition to the city centre’s proposition to businesses.”
30 Grade A offices, seven workshops, conference area and several meeting spaces. Located in the city centre, with access to public transport Hope Street Xchange is within the footprint of the The generous communal space – the building’s shop window – opens up Hope University of Sunderland with its worldleading research capability, impressive Street Xchange to the outside and facilities, academics and career-ready provides tenants and visitors with a vibrant area for networking, sharing ideas graduates. and collaboration. To find out if Hope Street Xchange could be the change that your business Creative Space Management, well needs phone 07748 334915, email known for their ability to nurture the firstname.lastname@example.org or visit personality of the buildings they are involved with - such as the Toffee Factory www.hopestreetxchange.com in Newcastle and Sheffield’s Electric Works - have worked with the University on Hope Street Xchange’s look and feel. The finished building provides an environment to support entrepreneurialism and welcomes businesses large and small to engage with the University, through what is now its innovative ‘front door’. The region’s first FabLab is set to move from its temporary home in Shackleton House to Hope Street Xchange in mid-February. So too is the University’s Enterprise Place – a long-running and successful initiative to provide entrepreneurial students and graduates with the space, advice and support to turn their ideas into successful businesses.
Allison Thompson, Director and Principal Consultant at Ashmore Consulting, said: One of the massive benefits of being in an environment like this is that it’s really vibrant, you can feel the energy when you come into the building. Part of what this University is and does well, is connect business, culture and the people of Sunderland. The fact that we are supported - whether that’s in terms of additional research support, or support from the business community - it’s all there on our doorstep and we’re really proud to be part of it!
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It's the first new crossing across the Wear for 45 years and will open up regeneration sites along the river and across Sunderland... and the new bridge is a step closer to completion after its huge central pylon was hoisted into place. The bridge is expected to be open by spring 2018.
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