Page 1

If it’s on in Sunderland, it’s in!

Dancing in the City

Autumn 2017

Eat, drink it’s Restaurant Week pg6-7


What’s On this Autumn pg17-23 @SunderlandVibe SunderlandVibe @SunderlandVibe

Hello Hello there and welcome back to Vibe, a magazine bringing you nothing but positive news about Sunderland. Our theme for this, our twelfth edition, is music, arts and culture which is apt as the opening of the city’s new arts hub, The Fire Station, is drawing near and the city is still celebrating being shortlisted in the UK City of Culture 2021 competition. The renovated 1907 fire station in High Street West is symbolic of a cultural renaissance in Sunderland and will open in November with regional dance agency Dance City and acclaimed theatre company Live Theatre as tenants. Our fantastic cover picture shows a Dance City dancer outside of the building.

But with the huge amount of added investment heading our way, the artistic and cultural offering for Wearsiders is going to be even bigger and better – hopefully in the lead up to the city being named City of Culture 2021 in December. Thank you and enjoy our twelfth edition. Rob Lawson Editor, Vibe


Work on a £8.2m auditorium adjacent to The Fire Station will start later this year, providing the city with a brand new venue for live music, drama and the spoken word. Earlier this summer it was announced that Sunderland Culture, a new company formed to run major city attractions including National Glass Centre and the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, had been awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England (ACE). This means substantial, regular funding over a three-year period for the company, created by the University of Sunderland, the city council and Sunderland Music Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust. And it’s not the only investment in Sunderland by the Arts Council. It continues to support the innovative work of The Cultural Spring, backed this year’s free Summer Streets music festival and joint funded Sunderland’s Great Place Scheme with the Heritage Lottery Fund. This £1.25m investment in the city aims to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of communities. It’s great to see these major national organisations supporting the city’s ambitious cultural development plans. What it will mean in practice is that there will be more events, shows, performances, festivals, activities and community participation programmes for us all to enjoy. This edition of Vibe will be a reminder of what a busy place our city already is – in recent weeks we’ve enjoyed three largescale music festivals; Europe’s biggest international airshow, yet another West End show at the Empire and fantastic exhibitions both at National Glass Centre and the Museum and Winter Gardens.


Page 4

Page 13

Page 26

Dance City steps into Sunderland


Sunderland’s newest arts venue


Savour the return of Sunderland Restaurant Week


The Bridges is ready for the new term


Gentoo residents take a step back in time


Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light


Hats off to the University of Sunderland


If It’s On, It’s In

17 - 23

City ambassadors ready to mak’em smile


Help shape the city’s future


Sunderland College’s state of the Arts Academy

26 - 27

Genfactor stars take to the stage


Gentoo apprentices start their careers


LGBT Festival is ready to burst with community spirit 30 - 31 Students - ready, set, raid at The Bridges


No butts - the reasons to stop smoking


Sunderland’s BIG Walk


Become a partner and help shape the city


UK City of Culture in 2021 There was delight and joy in July when it was announced Sunderland had been shortlisted in the competition to become UK City of Culture in 2021. The city is up against Paisley, Coventry, Stoke and Swansea to win the coveted title. The impact of winning the title would transform the city, as has been seen in current UK City of Culture, Hull. It is estimated more than £60m will be invested in the East Yorkshire city, while a recent University of Hull study revealed massive economic and social benefits already being felt in the city. More than half of Hull’s city centre businesses have reported a positive impact linked to increased footfall, sales, diversification of customers and a positive atmosphere in the city. A total of 37 per cent of those Paul Callaghan, Chair of Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust, said: “We’ve seen more investment in arts and culture in Sunderland announced in the last 15 months than the previous 15 years. This amazing turnaround includes: 


businesses reported an increase in turnover and more than a quarter saw an increase in profit on the previous year. The study also shows 90 per cent of Hull’s residents had visited a cultural event so far this year and the title is bringing a feel-good factor and increased confidence to the city. Sunderland Bid Director Rebecca Ball was thrilled to be through to the final five, and at the support given so far: “There is a clear momentum building up in the city, an energy, a focus and an astonishing increase in the levels of investment into our cultural and heritage sector.”

Go to to find out more ways to get involved with the bid. A second stage bid will be submitted to the competition judges in late September, with the winner being unveiled in current UK City of Culture Hull in December.

Now the bid team is urging Wearsiders to get involved and help secure the UK City of Culture prize for Sunderland.  The Tall Ships Race will be hosted in Sunderland next year. More than 1.5m visitors are expected over the four-day event, when more than 80 Tall Ships are expected to sail into the Wear.

awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to the MAC Trust for the £3.6m transformation of The Fire Station into a new arts and culture hub that opens in November 2017 


awarded to the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust to build a new £8.2m 450-seater auditorium adjacent to the Fire Station that will open in July 2019

Rebecca said: “We can win this and one great way people can show their support is to follow us on social media – either like us on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter at @Sunderland2021.”


HLF grant towards the £3.6m scheme to transform the historic Holy Trinity Church into the Canny Space, a new cultural venue for Sunderland’s East End


of HLF and Sunderland Council funding enabling the restoration of Roker Pier and Lighthouse


from HLF and £1.5m match funding from Sunderland Council to bring Hylton Castle back to life

of funding from the Arts Council and HLF Great Place Scheme secured by Sunderland Culture to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of communities


 The Cultural Spring winning a further £1m of funding, on top of the original £2m, to increase arts participation in Sunderland and South Tyneside  First stage approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a £2m Townscape Heritage Grant to restore and improve the Bishopwearmouth Conservation Area  And finally, Sunderland Culture gaining National Portfolio Organisation status from the Arts Council, gaining £2m of guaranteed funding over four years.”


The dancer in our front page photograph is Dance City regular Noah, 7. He is pictured below with brother Eli, 5 and Anna Hall, from Sunderland dance company Braena. Two innovative and inspiring Associate Dance Companies will be working with Dance City at their new studios at The Fire Station. The studios are due to open in January 2018.

Dance City Flamenco Class

Dance City Sunderland Dance City is coming to Sunderland. With two brand new state of the art dance studios at The Fire Station. There will be opportunities to dance. Opportunities for everyone to dance. Not just people who’ve danced before. Not just children and not just the young. Dance City Sunderland is for everyone and absolute beginners are just as welcome as those who have danced all their lives, says Anthony Baker, Dance City Artistic Director/Joint CEO. “We’re really excited to be opening Dance City Sunderland. We’ve been running classes in Newcastle for over thirty years and we want to open up opportunities for more people to dance

in Sunderland. Excellent teaching, accessible classes and a warm and friendly Dance City welcome are part of our DNA. Dance City classes don’t have exams. People just work to their own level. Everyone has their own reason for dancing - to rekindle a past hobby, learn something new, keep fit and healthy or meet like-minded people. Whatever your reason, we believe that anyone can enjoy dance. Come and join us. We’re offering everyone their first class for free.”

To find out more and receive notifications of free pre-opening taster classes and events, email and ask to join the Sunderland mailing list. · 0191 261 0505


Sunderland-based company Braena, is a movement-based performance company, made up of disabled and non-disabled dancers. They will be establishing an inclusive youth dance company, and teaching some of the community dance classes.

If you can think of a style of dance, Dance City will probably do it. There will be classes in Tap, Ballet, Salsa, Dance/ Fitness, Contemporary, Aerial, Bollywood, Jazz, Musical Theatre, African Dance, Capoeira, Hip Hop, Yoga and Pilates. Dance City classes are inclusive and welcome those with additional needs. If you have any questions the friendly ticket office team are on hand to advise. Online booking opens late September and classes start on January 8, 2018. Children’s and adult’s taster days are taking place on Saturday 2 and Sunday, December 3.

Dance City Pop Steps Class

THRILLED... Braena’s Anna Hall with young Dance City dancers Noah and Eli

Dance City Afro Mix Class

Since 2013, Southpaw Dance Company has created powerful, joyous performances, from small scale solo work to large scale outdoor spectaculars, combining absolute artistic integrity with engaging narratives which inspire and excite audiences.

Sunderland’s newest arts venue

Sunderland’s newest arts venue will open in spectacular fashion. The Fire Station’s free launch event will be based on the legend of the Lambton Worm and will wow an expected audience of 2,000 in late November with music, drama and movement.

for the Arts scheme and smaller grants from Nexus, Sunderland BID and Gentoo. Three delivery partners will work alongside Periplum –Dance City, Live Theatre and Sunderland Music Education Hub (SMEH).

The Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust and the Cultural Spring have jointly commissioned acclaimed outdoor theatre company Periplum to deliver the event and community participation programmes which will lead up to the opening.

The Fire Station Director Helen Green said: “Periplum have created some magical experiences wherever they’ve worked and I know their opening event for The Fire Station will be a special performance that will live long in the memory.

More than 200 local people will be involved in the £120,000, six-month project and it is expected that at least 100 local people will perform in the opening event. Funding has come from the MAC Trust, Cultural Spring, the Arts Council’s Grants

“It’s the sort of large-scale event that Sunderland could expect to see a lot more if we win the 2021 City of Culture bid.” The £3.5m transformation of the old fire station in High Street West is well underway. After standing empty

for 22 years it will house a bar, drama studio, dance studio and heritage centre, thanks to £2.4million of Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF). The MAC Trust won the funding as part of its drive to create a £10m cultural quarter centred around the 110-yearold building. The MAC Trust has already transformed the Dun Cow and The Peacock into vibrant, busy venues. The next phase will be the building of a new £8.2m, 400-seater auditorium between the Dun Cow and The Fire Station. Earlier this year, Arts Council England (ACE) awarded the MAC Trust a grant of £6m towards the cost of the building, which will be designed by award-winning architect Jason Flanagan.

SUNDERLAND DRAGON ORGANISERS… Left to right Periplum’s Damian Wright, The Fire Station Director Helen Green, Periplum’s Claire Raferty and Cultural Spring’s Michael Barrass inside The Fire Station





Since its launch a year ago, Sunderland Restaurant Week has changed the city’s food scene for the better. And now it’s coming back… Hungering for some new places to try or eager to visit an old favourite? Get ready for the return of Sunderland Restaurant Week! The city’s favourite foodie festival is back with a vengeance from 9 – 17 September, with offers galore for Sunderland’s best cafés, restaurants and bars. And the best news is that they are all offering special menus – and special offers - showcasing their fabulous food to whet the appetites of both locals and visitors. There’s no shortage of choices or places to visit, with the list of participants growing yet again.


Old favourites such as Asiana Fusion, Barnett’s and Angelo’s Ristorante – who were all part of the city’s first restaurant week back in March 2016 – have signed up for a third time and will be turning the spotlight on their delicious food once again. Sunderland’s culinary scene is constantly growing – evident by the sheer variety on offer. Relative newcomers like Papas Tapas, The Chop House at the Dun Cow, City Bistro, Grand Didyma and the recently refurbished The Peacock are also on board, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a truly global eating experience.

There’s certainly an appetite for this event – earlier this year more than 11,000 vouchers were downloaded for restaurant visits. With the likelihood of more eateries joining this time round, there’s absolutely no reason not to participate – regardless of your foody tastes. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for pub grub, fine dining or to discover an exotic new dish, it’s the perfect excuse to try somewhere new or rediscover an old favourite.

Food lovers can simply visit browse through the list of participating restaurants and download your voucher. Booking is definitely recommended!

Eat out for

£5 £10 £15

Don’t forget to book your ride home with main sponsors Station Taxis after enjoying the great offers available during Sunderland Restaurant Week. Call 0191 555 5 555 or book online or download the app at

#EatDrinkSunderland @sunderlandexperience








Discover Dubai or choose from over 80 other destinations at 07288 AB VIBE_Sip Cocktail_135x210.indd 1

19/07/2017 10:58

KNOW KNOW WHY WHY KNOW WHY SUNDERLAND SUNDERLAND SUNDERLAND IS IS GREAT? GREAT? IS GREAT? It’s It’s in in the the water water It’s in the water Our Our water water here here in in thethe north north east east is is one one of of thethe highest highest quality quality taptap waters waters in in thethe Our water here in thesome north ismost one ofamazing the highest quality tap init’sthe UK UK and and it comes it comes from from some ofeast of thethe most amazing surroundings surroundings – it’s –waters it’s local, local, it’s UK and it it’s comes from some ofmoney. the most amazing surroundings – it’s local, it’s fresh fresh and and it’s great great value value forfor money. fresh and it’s great value for money. Find Find outout more more at at Find out more at

Next Shirt with shark tie from £17 Linen chino shorts from £12 Boat shoes from £29

The Works Classmates Yellow A4 Lever Arch File £2

Smiggle Rainbow Rad Go Anywhere Pencil Case £12.50

River Island Boys Faux Shearling Jacket £40

Clarks Shoes Obie Play Inf Black Leather School Shoes £34 Next, Not a Morning Person Travel Mug £8

Flying Tiger Mixed Notepads £1

School? College? Uni? Primark Rose Gold and Marble Notebook £2

River Island Light Purple Hoodie £25 Black Paint Splatter Rucksack £20 White Danny Ripped Skinny Jeans £45

Next Girls Floral Jacket with Fur Lining, from £26

Parents rejoice - the new term begins, which means it’s almost time to send the kids back to school, college and university. Luckily for parents, kids, and students, the Bridges has shelves stacked full to the brim with stationery and rails upon rails of back to school gear kit the kids out; ready for the new term. And don’t go feeling left out, college and uni students, because the Bridges has plenty available for you too, including on-trend clothes, nifty new gadgets and purse-friendly student discounts to take advantage of once you arrive in the city…

Topshop Blush Pink Midi Coat £95

New Look Black and Brown Backpack £24.99

Whatever you need, you’ll find it all under one roof at the Bridges. Topshop Grey High Waisted Trousers £45

Debenhams Fait Black Bejewelled Boots £69

New Look Brown Boxy Bag £25.99 Primark Girls Chelsea Boot £12


@bridgessund @bridgesshop




We only build in carefully selected locations, because we know that where you live is more than just a house. With an expanding portfolio of developments across the region providing quality new homes, you’re sure to find your dream home with us.







Our developments

3 4 Benton

Newcastle upon Tyne









1 Cottier Grange 3, 4 & 5 bedroom detached homes.

5 Meadow View 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes. Show home now open.ll

2 Hedley Meadows 4 & 5 bedroom detached homes.

6 Thurcroft 2 - 5 bedroom homes. Show home now open.ll

3 Lansdowne Terrace 4 bedroom townhouses.

7 Hart Village 3, 4 & 5 bedroom detached homes.

4 St Bartholomews Court 4 bedroom townhouses. Show home now open.ll


7 Hartlepool

Bishop Auckland

9 Foxdale 4 & 5 bedroom detached homes. Show home now open.ll

8 Stockton

Carlton Village

8 Orwell Grange 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes. Show home now open.ll


9 Guisborough

Coming soon

1 High Usworth, Washington Providing 56 new 3 & 4 bedroom homes.

2 Glebe, Washington Providing 59 new 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes.

3 Broomhill, Hetton le Hole Providing 130 new 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes.

0191 283 9373

Residents take a step back in time Gentoo residents living in Lumley, Londonderry and Lambton tower blocks have been learning about the history and heritage of the city’s East End. They have been working with artist and film-maker Julie Ballands on a project funded by the Cultural Spring, an Arts Council England funded initiative aimed at increasing the number of Wearsiders and South Tynesiders participating in arts and culture. Over a five week period residents gathered to discover how the area has changed over generations. They looked at pictures and maps of the East End, visited the Local Studies Centre to research material on the East End and took a walking tour around the area which allowed residents to see how different it looked compared to previous

years. Residents also got a chance to take a step into the past by watching a video, made in the 1960s, about shipbuilding on the Wear. Brian Turner, a resident at one of the tower blocks said he’d enjoyed the sessions and learned a lot about the area: “Although I’ve lived here a long time, I was born in Whitburn so it’s been fascinating to find out how the area around the tower blocks has developed over the years.” Emma Horsman, Project Director for the Cultural Spring, said: “I was pleased to hear the residents are enjoying the

project - Sunderland’s East End is a historic area and we were only too happy to enable some of the tower block residents to learn more about the area in which they live.” Lucy Malarkey, Deputy Director (Operations) at Gentoo said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the Cultural Spring to encourage our residents to participate in arts and culture. Many of our residents have grown up in Sunderland, so offering them the chance to learn about its history is just one of the ways we can work towards our aim of building strong communities.” For further information about Gentoo’s community initiatives visit

Gentoo Group Limited is a charitable community benefit society, registration number 7302.





Four ways to travel, with our unlimited daily travel tickets!

Unlimited daily travel across Tyne and Wear on most buses, Metro, Shields Ferry and Sunderland to Blaydon rail line. With a range of great value, flexible tickets available choose the one that’s perfect for you!


Day Rover

3 a day From just £2 .0

ult £7.20* Child £3.60* Ad t £15* ke Tic Family

Student & Young People

ult £7.20* Child £3.60* Ad t £15* ke Tic Family

Explorer North East £10* Child £7* Adult 0* Family Ticket £2

a partnership of

*Child tickets are for ages 5-15 years. Prices are per day, per person. Family ticket is for 1 or 2 adults and up to 3 children. Terms and conditions apply

Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light 2017 Sunderland Illuminations are back for 2017, with lights spreading sparkle from St Peter’s Church all along the newly regenerated seafront. As well as feature lighting right along the seafront, the popular illuminated observation wheel will return to Cliffe Park and traditional fairground rides and quality catering concessions will run from Cliffe Park to Bede’s Cross. Seafront lights and activities on Cliffe Park and Bede’s Cross will run from Thursday, October 5 until Sunday, November 5, 5pm – 10pm each day.

Roker Park will be transformed into a Festival of Light, with a Disney theme. The Park will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from October 5 to November 5 plus every night at half term, from 5pm – 10pm each night. Last entry into Roker Park will be 8.30pm. There will be a whole host of sparkling features with family favourites pirates, dinosaurs and fairies, magically mixing with new Disney additions that will surprise and delight. A new art zone will include a series of artist-designed light artworks. The park will also be home to a food court and bar area, helter skelter and regular music and entertainment performances on the bandstand.



Entry into Roker Park will cost £1 per person, with children aged 2 and under free. Tickets can be bought online via illuminations . A ticket office will be open on Bede’s Cross every Thursday – Sunday evening and full half term week, 5pm – 10pm. Tickets from the ticket office will cost £2 each. Sunderland Illuminations 2017 will come to an end in spectacular style with a firework extravaganza on Sunday, November 5 at 6pm. Best viewing points will be from Cliffe Park and all along the seafront. There is no charge for this event.



Life changing learning

From our new Integrated Foundation Year to a Postgraduate programme, talk to us today about our learning opportunities for all.

Postgraduate Open Day

Open Day

5 September 2017 2-7pm

14 October 2017 9.30am-4pm

The Sciences Complex, City Campus

The Prospect Building, The Sir Tom Cowie Campus

Register at For further information contact the Student Helpline: 0191 515 3000

UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND GRADUATIONS 2017 Over the summer the University is investing in its estate. Firstly in state-ofthe-art engineering equipment in order to deliver more graduates with the highlevel skills employers need. In addition, the newly opened Sunderland School of Nursing is already having to expand. Open for just a year, the School has made a significant contribution to the improvement of patient care in the region and Nursing at Sunderland is already ranked fifth in the country in the Guardian Good University Guide. In addition the new Living Lab incorporates high-fidelity simulation suites that replicate emergency scenarios and is used extensively by students and medical practitioners and is revolutionising training in the health care professions.

Hats off... The University of Sunderland Academic Awards ceremonies in July proved to be an uplifting and emotional experience for the Class of 2017 graduating in the University’s 25th anniversary year. During a full week of ceremonies the audience celebrated the success of each and every graduate who crossed the stage at the Stadium of Light to collect their certificates and shake hands with Chancellor Steve Cram, Vice-Chancellor Shirley Atkinson, Chairman Paul Callaghan, and guest of honour, ITN newsreader Alastair Stewart.

and personal challenges along the way but each leaving the University qualified and equipped to progress to their chosen career – these graduates are the University’s success stories, Sunderland’s Tomorrow Makers… It’s easy to see why, 94.2% of Sunderland’s graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating and that figure is even higher in specific subjects. Graduates are benefiting from exceptional teaching, a curriculum informed by world leading research and employer input, and taught by academic tutors with close links to industry and commerce. This ensures that students have the opportunity to succeed and leave the University well qualified, confident, and career-ready.

The Class of 2017 certainly benefited from the University’s excellent teaching quality recognised with a silver rating award in the Teaching Excellence Framework assessment - placing it alongside other Also in attendance were some special guests who were presented with Honorary high performing Universities such as York, Warwick, Manchester, Kings College Awards. These included ‘Vera’ actress London and Durham. Brenda Blethyn and Dr Andrew Singleton - welcomed back to Sunderland 20 years after he completed his degree at the University. Andrew is now Chief of the National Laboratory of Neurogenetics in the USA, leading one of the world’s top research teams tackling Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Each and every graduate deserves to feel proud, many having overcome obstacles



Many students graduating at The Stadium of Light are from overseas and chose Sunderland as their place to study. When they return home they become great advocates and ambassadors for Sunderland. The University also hosts Sunderland academic awards ceremonies in eight countries across the globe for those students who study for Sunderland qualifications in their own country. The University of Sunderland is open to all applicants ready to develop their skills and improve their career progression - as well as undergraduate, masters and PhD programmes a new accessible Integrated Foundation Year will be open for entrants in September 2017. This option is an integral part of a four-year full honours degree with six subject pathways designed to prepare applicants for high-level learning. Anyone keen to join the growing list of successful Tomorrow Makers can find out more at help/integrated-foundation-year



We’d love to help Your health is our number one priority At Spire Washington Hospital you can access our first class services at a time to suit you. We cover a wide range of services including diagnostic imaging such as X-Ray, MRI, Ultrasound and CT. We also perform major operations like hip and knee replacements as well as spinal and weight loss surgery and other general surgical treatments.

Paying for your treatment? We believe in looking after people – your health is our number one priority. We offer fast, effective and affordable treatment in a relaxing setting. Every patient receives a plan of individualised treatment options and our focus is on delivering excellent patient care. Speak to our friendly customer service team for more information.

Covered with medical insurance? You can access our services using your private medical insurance; all you need is a referral from your GP and we can make an appointment at a time that suits you. If you don’t have private medical insurance but would like to enjoy all of the benefits that Spire Washington Hospital offers, we have teamed up with April UK to launch inSpire – an innovative medical insurance plan.

/SpireWashington Picktree Lane, Rickleton, Tyne and Wear, NE38 9JZ

For more information and your free quote, please visit or call 07540 111 139 For more information or to make an appointment please contact us on

0191 448 9513


Your essential guide to what’s happening in your city, who’s doing what, where and when.

IT’S IN For those looking to get out of the house while the longer nights are drawing in, there is plenty to do in Sunderland over the coming months. For a start, there are craft sessions and workshops at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and National Glass Centre (NGC). The museum is hosting a Festival of Fun between September 1st to the 3rd, allowing families to take part in performances and art workshops inspired by the museum’s amazing collections. And at NGC, classes and workshops include free daily glass blowing; a five-week course on creating tableware; an introduction to making ceramics and a session creating glass pendants and earrings. And if you’re at the Glass Centre, make sure you take in Chad McCail’s 100-ft drawing Liars at Earth, presented at NGC by the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. Meanwhile, the choice of plays, musicals, tribute bands and recitals from which to choose is impressive. Sunderland Empire’s line-up over the coming months includes The Roy Orbison Story, The Cat Stevens Story, Showaddywaddy, Flashdance, Hairspray, Magic of the Beatles and the hilarious Spamalot. There’s also the ultimate feel-good musical Mamma Mia, but perhaps the biggest show coming is the return of Dave Stewart, one of Sunderland’s

favourite sons. Dave will be celebrating his 65th birthday at the iconic venue on September 10. Both Arts Centre Washington and The Peacock are hosting new plays. She Wins All the Races is a new play set in the 1970s and will be performed at Arts Centre Washington in mid-October. The venue will also host a new double bill based on Sunderland AFC. Wise Men Say and Cornered will also be performed at The Peacock. If it’s more established drama you’re after, look no further than The Royalty Theatre, where Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is being staged. Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills will also be at The Royalty in late October. Classical music lovers can look forward to two events in particular – Sunderland Pianoforte Society’s recital at the Museum and Winter Gardens, featuring Sarah Beth Briggs, and Sunderland Symphony Orchestra’s Autumn Concert at West Park Church. And finally, there’ll be all the fun of the fair at Houghton Feast, which will see ten days of fairground rides, parades, church events, exhibitions, community events, talks, tours and fireworks. This year’s Feast will start on October 6. So you can see, there are plenty of reasons for you not to hibernate!

See our listings for more dates, times and more information about all of the above. Dave Stewart

NEW DRAMA ... She Wins All the Races at Arts Centre Washington






Your guide to what’s

September Daily Free Glass Blowing Demonstrations at National Glass Centre - Experience the heat of the 1000 degree furnace and watch an expert glass making team craft stunning pieces before your eyes - - 0191 515 5555 Tues & Thurs Army Cadets in Houghton-le-Spring (6.45pm9pm) - For young people aged 12 - 18 - Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges open until 8pm - With free parking from 5.30pm - 9pm you can shop even longer on Thursdays at the Bridges Fri 1 My Wild Sunderland at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (11am-3pm) - Make your own hedgehog, take part in the wild Autumn challenge and cook up a special bird cake to take home as a treat for your feathered garden visitors - Free Fri 1 - 3 Festival of Fun at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - Creative performances, art workshops and Arts Awards for families inspired by the Museum’s amazing collections - 0191 561 2323 Fri 1 - 3 Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers at Washington Wetland Centre - Take part in six fun activities and explore the wetlands while learning essential ranger skills such as spotting and surveying - Fri 1 - 23 Paul Foster: Local Landscapes at Arts Centre Washington - Local artist Paul Foster has lived in Washington for 25 years, its landscapes have inspired the work currently on show at the centre - Free - 0191 561 3455 Fri 1 - 21 The Royal Photographic Society Exhibition at Arts Centre Washington - Members worldwide were invited to submit their images to an open call competition resulting in an exhibition celebrating the diversity of the entries - Free - 0191 561 3455 Fri 1 - Oct 8 Chad McCail: Liars of Earth at NGCA, National Glass Centre NGCA presents the national premiere of Chad McCail’s near 100-foot long drawing ‘Liars of Earth’. McCail’s


parable has a political twist in the tale, presenting a world in which ordinary people are able to overturn the malign rule of monstrous giants - Free - Sat 2 Art and Craft Fair at Arts Centre Washington A variety of stalls selling products created by local and regional artists and crafts people - Free - 0191 561 3455 Sat 2 Craft Fair at Sunderland Minster - Includes local crafts, hand-made gifts, cakes, vintage and retro goods - 50p Sat 2 Barry Steele & Friends: The Roy Orbison Story at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - Barry Steele takes you on this specially produced musical journey in time as he celebrates his own personal ten-year anniversary on tour - from £25.75 plus £2.85 transaction fee - Sat 2 Glass Tableware 5-week course at National Glass Centre - Students will learn the basic skills of Fusing, Slumping and Casting glass along with kiln firing techniques. There will be several groups for this course, with different start dates. Booking is essential - £125 - Mon 4 Peace Train: The Cat Stevens Story at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - In an evening of musical storytelling featuring a full live band, audiences will be treated to a full concert of Cat Stevens’ hits - from £32.15 Mon 4 - 28 Art Exhibition at Sunderland Minster Tues 5 Red House Craft Group at St Cuthbert’s Church (10am-12pm) - An informal and friendly craft group - £2.50 - 0191 427 8197 Tues 5 Variety, The Children’s Charity Concert at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - A special charity concert featuring the internationally acclaimed G4 and the Inspiration Choir from the Sage Gateshead, hosted by local comedian Bobby Pattinson from £28.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee

on in Sunderland

September Wed 6 Roy Chubby Brown at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - Roy Chubby Brown returns with his meatiest show yet! - from £24.40

Sat 16 Small Worlds at Arts Centre Washington (various times) An unforgettable piece of visual theatre - a unique integration of puppetry, miniature landscapes, original animated film and music - £6.50 - -0191 561 3455

Thurs 7 Showaddywaddy at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) Come and join the Dancing Party… You’ve Got What It Takes! with ‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ - from £24

Thurs 14 Wise Men Say/Cornered at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - After the huge success of I Left My Heart In Roker Park in 2014, Cranked Anvil are back with a brand new double bill of one-act plays based around the mighty Sunderland AFC!

Fri 8 The Dreamboys at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show- from £21 Sat 9 Anti-System / Andy T / Prolefeed at Pop Recs (7pm) Celebrating 35 years of the Bunker Collective’s first gig. Part of a weekend of events including films, talks and live performance

Mon 18 - 23 And Then There Were None at Royalty Theatre (7.30pm) based on the Agatha Christie novel - £8 Mon 18 Coffee Morning at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (10.30am) - Grab a cuppa and a cake, take part in the fundraising activities and browse the new line of shop items - £4

Sat 9 Blackmore’s Blood at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) A tribute to the magic of Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple to Rainbow - £10 - 0191 561 3455

Tue 19 Sunderland Pianoforte Society Recital at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (7.30pm) - NE born pianist Sarah Beth Briggs is a leading recitalist, and joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg - £12.50 - 0191 252 5396

Sat 9 1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Techniques (10am-4pm) - A chance to learn basic wheel based ceramic skills and practice throughout the day - £60

Tue 19 - 23 Son of a Preacher Man at Sunderland Empire Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them - from £15

Sun 10 Dave Stewart at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - The legendary co-founder of Eurythmics Dave Stewart is coming home in a live concert celebrating his 65th birthday! With support from Social Room, Lilliput and Picnic – from £31.25 –

Tues 19 Coasts at Independent (7pm) - To celebrate the release of ‘This Life’, Coasts are on their biggest ever UK tour -

Mon 11 - 17 Flashdance - The Musical at Sunderland Empire Based on the Paramount Pictures film, this is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds - from £17.90 with £2.85 transaction fee

Fri 22 Cal Halbert - Mimic Impossible at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - A show filled with voices, stand up and a musical number or two... OK maybe three - £6 - 0191 561 3455

Sat 16 FOSUMS: Wildlife in your garden at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (2pm) - Learn how to encourage a range of wildlife into the garden - £2 for visitors


Fri 22 Wise Men Say/Cornered at The Peacock (7.30pm) See description above -

Sat 23 - Feb 25 Port 300 at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - Celebrating 300 years of the River Wear Commissioners and Port of Sunderland – Free –





Your guide to what’s

September Sats 23 - Oct 21 Introducing… Ceramics - 5 week course Students will learn a range of decorating and construction techniques from practical demonstrations. Booking is essential £140 - Sun 24 Say Goodbye Service at Sunderland Minster (3pm) Join with others and remember babies that have been lost Free - Sun 24 Sunderland Pride 2017 in Park Lane (12pm) Sun 24 Introducing Fused Glass at National Glass Centre (10am-4pm) - Design and make your own decorative glass pieces using this kiln glass technique. Booking is essential - £80 Mon 25 - 30 Hairspray at Sunderland Empire - Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more - from £16.25 plus £2.85 transaction fee - Fri 29 Pre-hospital cardiac arrest: exploring the evidence at University of Sunderland (6pm-8pm) - Explore pre-hospital cardiac arrests, pit stop approach and case study presentation Free - Fri 29 The Jar Family at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who joined forces to pool their talent and create their ‘industrial folk’ sound - £10 - 0191 561 3455 Sat 30 Funny Stuff for Happy People at Arts Centre Washington (2pm) - An hour of comedy, circus, storytelling, poetry and stupid science - £6.50 - 0191 561 3455 Sat 30 - Oct 1 Sculptural Flameworking Weekend at National Glass Centre (10am-4pm) - Two days of creating works of art using flame-working. Booking essential - £130

October Sun 1 - 31 Nauseating Nature Trail at Washington Wetland Centre - Discover gruesomely ghoulish facts about the creepily


wonderful wetlands during October. Pick up a leaflet from the shop and unearth the nauseating side of nature Mon 2 The Bridges Student Raid (6.30pm til late) – Students! The Bridges Student Raid returns for one exclusive evening of shopping discounts, freebies and entertainment Tues 3 Tap Factory at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - A fun, rhythm-based theatre show showcasing urban tap dance and percussion, comedy and acrobatics - from £19.15 plus £2.85 transaction fee - Tues 3 Joanne Forest: Stars Are Rising The Live Tour at Royalty Theatre (7.45pm) - She will be performing the album and many other popular classical and musical hits in an evening not to be missed accompanied by a local choir and some surprise familiar faces - from £10 Wed 4 Sunderland Stages: Rattle Snake at Royalty Theatre Thurs 5 A Vision of Elvis at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) An uplifting and authentic Elvis experience - from £26.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee - Fri 6 Magic of the Beatles at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) Fantastic costumes, brilliant vocals and incredible musicianship come together in a lavish magical musical trip back to yesterday - from £25.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee Fri 6 - 15 Houghton Feast 2017 - Houghton Feast is a 10 day festival and features a fairground, traditional ox roasting, church events, carnival parade, a tattoo with pipes and drums, shows, community events, exhibitions, talks and tours, and fireworks! The Feast is an ancient festival held every October in Houghton-le-Spring, near Durham and Sunderland. The festival dates back to the 12th century when it originated as Michaelmas, the dedication service of the parish church of St Michael & All Angels -

on in Sunderland

October Fri 6 - Nov 4 It’s a Dog’s Life at Arts Centre Washington Poppy Middlemas explores the concept of dogs being Icons for their owners and vice versa - Free - 0191 561 3455

force to be reckoned with. This is the story of his extraordinary journey, from the womb to the tomb - written and performed by a woman - £8.50 - 0191 561 3455

Sat 7 Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - This stunning 100% live show combines first class music together with the slickest choreography, and an amazing band - from £23.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee

Sat 14 FOSUMS: More the work of Art than Nature (2pm) Celebrate the River Wear Commissioners, which marks its three hundredth anniversary this year.

Sat 7 Art and Craft Fair at Arts Centre Washington - A variety of stalls selling products created by local and regional artists and crafts people - Free - 0191 561 3455 Sat 7 Flameworked Glass Insects at National Glass Centre (10am-4pm) Sat 7 Craft Fair at Sunderland Minster - Includes local crafts, hand-made gifts, cakes, vintage and retro goods - 50p

Sat 14 Roxy Musique at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) A tribute to one of the “most influential bands of all time” - £8 - 0191 561 3455 Sat 14 Sunderland Symphony Orchestra Autumn Concert at West Park Church (7.30pm) - £8 Sun 15 Sunderland Theatre Organ Preservation Society Concert (2pm) - Performance by Damon Willets

Sat 7 Billy Mitchell at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The Davy Lamp Folk club present Billy Mitchell - 0191 561 3455

Mon 16 – Nov 4 Library Literature Festival - Events take place across a range of venues and have something for everyone from children and families to students and academics and creates a platform for local and aspiring talent alongside established authors, writers and illustrators

Sat 7 Flameworked Glass Insects at National Glass Centre (10am-4pm) - Make a dragonfly out of borosilicate glass, to then join all sections together. Booking is essential - £80

Tues 17 - Nov 11 Mamma Mia at Sunderland Empire - Join the ultimate feel-good party at MAMMA MIA! the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! - from £17.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee -

Sun 8 Zip Wear 2017 from Stadium of Light - Zip line from the roof of the Stadium and feel the adrenaline rush across the River Wear and raise funds for Foundation of Light - £20 registration fee -

Thurs 19 She Wins all the Races at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Set in the 1970s this brand new show is about an intelligent, happy little girl Belinda, who loves life, her two brothers and stealing The Priest’s biscuits with her best friend Angela - £8.50 - 0191 561 3455

Tue 10 - 14 Spamalot at Sunderland Empire - Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen - from £21.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee - Thurs 12 Life by the Throat at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Life-long thief James Joseph Patrick Keogh is a


Sat 21 Flameworked Glass Pendants and Earrings at National Glass Centre (10am-4pm) - Explore making pendants and earrings, booking essential - £80





Your guide to what’s on in Sunderland

October Sat 21 The Suggestibles at Arts Centre Washington (8pm) Newcastle’s award-winning six-piece comedy troupe - £10 - 0191 561 3455 Sun 22 Flameworked Glass Beads at National Glass Centre (1pm-4pm) - £40 - Tues 24 Sunderland Pianoforte Society Recital at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (7.15pm) - Award winning Pianist Dinara Klinton - £12.50 - 0191 252 5396 Thurs 26 My Wild Sunderland at Roker Park (11am - 3pm) Make your own wildlife kite to fly in the park, discover how you can help protect our wildlife this winter - Free Sat 28 Dogs Don’t Do Ballet at Arts Centre Washington (11am & 2pm) - This happy, funny tale will have you laughing out loud and dancing in the aisles - £7 - 0191 561 3455 Sat 28 My Wild Sunderland at Mowbray Park (11am-3pm) Bring along an empty plastic bottle and recycle it into a bug home for your garden. Design your own garden bird and help protect the wildlife in Sunderland’s parks and green spaces Free - Sat 28 - 29 University of Sunderland Paramedic conference at City Campus - A two-day event celebrating the advancements in pre-hospital care and exploring what’s next in critical care and point of care testing- Free Sun 29 - 31 Nature Fright Nights at Washington Wetland Centre (5pm-7pm) - See nocturnal nature at its spookiest. Enjoy bat detecting, potion making and a night-time stroll before spooky stories and a tasty Halloween treat. Suitable for ages 4+ - £8 - - 0191 416 5454 Sun 29 Craft Fair at The Barnes, Toby Carvery (11am-3pm) Including a whole host of activities; arts, crafts, food, jewellery and many more Sun 29 Little Crafty Monsters at Katie’s Garden (11am 1.30pm) - Reserve your table for a crafty Halloween inspired session - £16 - - 07519 824422


Mon 30 - Nov 4 Blue Remembered Hills at Royalty Theatre based on the television play by Dennis Potter

November Thurs 2 Sunderland Stages: Stupid at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Stupid tells the journey of one woman’s attempt to find a formula that will fix her world. Expect humour, spoken word, colourful projection, live drawing and some light bulb moments of clarity - £8.50 - 0191 561 3455 Sat 4 Anthony Clarke & Dave Pegg at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Two consummate entertainers unite for an evening of outstanding song and music - £8 - 0191 561 3455 Sat 4 The Dream Factory at Arts Centre Washington (various times) - With breath-taking puppetry, enchanting storytelling and an exquisite musical score, join and immerse yourselves in the dream world - £6.50 - 0191 561 3455 Sat 4 Art and Craft Fair at Arts Centre Washington A variety of stalls selling products created by local and regional artists and crafts people - Free - 0191 561 3455 Sat 4 Craft Fair at Sunderland Minster - Includes local crafts, hand-made gifts, cakes, vintage and retro goods - 50p Sun 5 Flameworked Glass Beads at National Glass Centre (1pm-4pm) - £40 - Thurs 9 Jane Eyre: An Autobiography at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage - £10 - 0191 561 3455

Arts Centre Washington’s Autumn season has a superb selection of shows for all including dancing dogs, fire breathing dancers, tiny worlds and ghastly ghost stories Some of the highlights of the theatre programme: • Cornered/Wise Men Say are two, one act, Sunderland AFC themed plays. Cornered is penned by Look North’s Jeff Brown and tells the true story of Dave Corner and his cup final nightmare. • Jane Eyre: An Autobiography is told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage. As ever the centre has a fantastic programme of theatre for children and families, including Small Worlds, an

extraordinary fusion of digital animation and traditional puppetry for children aged 5 – 11 and Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, a new stage adaptation of the popular children’s book. Live music is also in plentiful supply with The Jar Family whose knock out rootsy folk rock, has choruses as big as the room, and with all the passion of The Pogues.

Improv legends The Suggestibles, cult Tyneside comedian Gavin Webster and Britain’s Got Talent Impressionist Cal Halbert. Meanwhile, the centre has a vast array of classes and courses for all ages and abilities.

Roxy Musique pay tribute to Washington’s own son Bryan Ferry and Blackmore’s Blood replicate the awesome talent and sound of the former Deep Purple and Rainbow lead guitarist. The arts centre is very proud to be home to the award winning Davy Lamp Folk Club.

This year’s Christmas show will be ‘Lilly and the Little Snow Bear’ a funny festive adventure suitable for children aged 3 +. Combine that with Christmas Craft Fairs, a Suggetible’s Improv panto, Christmas Cabaret, a night of Christmas ghost stories, sing-a-long Muppets Christmas Carol and a Monster New Year’s Eve Bash, this could be the best Christmas ever.

For a night with a difference try Glow and enter a stunning world of light, dance, performance and projection and if it’s laughs you’re after, don’t miss Newcastle

For more information on all Arts Centre Washington events visit or call 0191 561 3455.

The Cultural Spring’s Go and See programme aims to ensure people living across Sunderland and South Tyneside get the chance to experience arts and cultural events happening across the North East and beyond. Here are some of our current offers for Autumn 2017.

The Festival of Thrift Saturday 23rd September

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo Saturday 21st October

Join our annual bus trip to the Festival of Thrift and take part in fun workshops, visit the stalls and enjoy amazing food as you soak up the atmosphere at this celebration of sustainable living. This free festival is family friendly and takes place at Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar. Price £3 per person

Come along and experience a family friendly theatre production of popular children’s book ‘Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo’ at Back on the Map and St. Oswald’s Communicare in Sunderland. Perfect for families with children under 7. Each performance lasts approximately 1 hour.

Pick up points The buses will depart from The Customs House in South Shields at 10am and then pick up from the University of Sunderland’s City Campus at 10:30am. To reserve your place on either bus please call 0191 427 8197 or email

Saturday 21st October 10am at Back on the Map, 67 Toward Rd, Sunderland SR2 8JG £3 per person or £10 for a family of four, payable on the door. Saturday 21st October 2pm at St. Oswald’s Communicare, Gladwyn Rd, Sunderland SR4 9QY £3 per person or £10 for a family of four, payable on the door. Contact 0191 427 8197 for more information.

Hepworth Gallery & Yorkshire Sculpture Park Saturday 30th September Travel to the Hepworth Gallery in Yorkshire and experience the famous artwork, exhibitions and more. You’ll also get creative during family workshops and visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, close by to the Hepworth Gallery to take a look at the incredible life size sculptures. Price £3 per person Pick up points The buses will depart from The Customs House in South Shields at 9am and then pick up from the University of Sunderland’s City Campus at 9:30am. To reserve your place on either bus please call 0191 427 8197 or email Elisabeth Frink, In Memoriam II, 1981. Courtesy the artist and YSP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

Photographic Credit: Tracy Kidd courtesy Festival of Thrift





Photo courtesy of the Sunderland Echo

City ambassadors to mak’em smile

Sunderland Ambassadors to give visitors a warm welcome with a smile. Mak’em Smile is a new initiative created by the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) which will see staff from various service industries being recruited and trained as ambassadors to ensure visitors get a friendly reception. Staff from a variety of businesses including the city’s pubs, shops, restaurants, taxis and hotels will be given the opportunity to take part in a training course where they will be given information about how to get the best out of the city, covering things like where to eat, things to do, events and local history. Sunderland BID developed the training in the hope that it will see the city being viewed not only as being filled with positive people but showing it as somewhere with plenty to offer.


Gemma Dishman, the BID’s Communications and Marketing Manager, said: “At a time when so much investment is taking place and with events that will put us on a national and international stage, we need to ensure that everyone who comes to Sunderland receives a warm welcome,” Gemma said. “Our ambassadors will be armed with the most up to date information about what is happening in the city, and will be able to use this to promote Sunderland and its businesses. “The training sessions are free so businesses will be able to reap the benefit of having knowledgeable staff who can showcase what the city has to offer.”

The sessions are being run by sales training experts, New Results, based at the e-volve centre, Rainton Bridge. Any city centre business interested in signing up for future sessions should contact Gemma at


The Plan aims to: l Deliver the estimated


new homes needed in Sunderland by 2033, while minimising the impact on Green Belt land.

15 sites in the Green Belt for potential expansion of our communities.

l Identify

l Meet our travelling community’s

needs and identify 3 potential Gypsy and Traveller sites and 2 sites for Travelling Showpeople.

95 hectares of land on which jobs are created and supported. This is in addition to the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) being developed between Sunderland and South Tyneside, which will bring

l Provide at least

5,200 new jobs and £300m of investment.

Have your say and help shape the city’s future We want you to have your say on plans aimed at ensuring a prosperous longterm future for Sunderland. From August 7 to October 2 2017 Sunderland City Council is consulting on the first draft of the Core Strategy and Development Plan. The draft Core Strategy and Development Plan is a framework to deliver the jobs, business growth, transport links and housing Sunderland needs to thrive by 2033. It also targets challenges such as deprivation and rising obesity within the city, as well as factoring in leisure and retail requirements and environmental concerns. The Plan, a requirement for all local authorities, is based on extensive research by Sunderland City Council into every aspect of the city’s future needs.

Considerations included the number of new homes needed by 2033 and the amount of land required for employment, retail, leisure and housing. The best locations for development and future infrastructure requirements were also analysed. The Core Strategy and Development Plan is a draft only, this is why it is important that communities have their say before the final version is prepared. Once a final version is approved, the Plan will play a pivotal role in shaping Sunderland’s future. You will have a chance to give the council your views during the public consultation starting on August 7 and running until October 2. You can give your views online at portal or drop in to one of a series of events taking place throughout September.

l Direct retail and office

developments to the city centre, while ensuring smaller centres remain healthy and sustainable. l Protect the environment and

address the impact of climate change. It focuses on developing Sunderland as an attractive and sustainable place to live, with an emphasis on quality of life, community wellbeing and local character. l Improve transport links and make

them more sustainable. The Plan seeks to ensure centres, workplaces and key facilities like schools and hospitals are easily accessible via sustainable modes of transport. l Tackle the city’s health challenges

by restricting the number of hot food takeaways within centres. l Deliver the infrastructure needed to

support growth.

The Draft Core Strategy and Development Plan can be found at together with details of planned drop in events throughout September.





There is something incredible happening across the entire cultural and arts scene in Sunderland at the moment. The bid for City of Culture 2021, increased development in and around the city centre, even the hosting of an international film festival… the city is establishing itself as a burgeoning hub for creatives, musicians, artists, poets and writers. It is a city embracing its culture, created by Sunderland’s characters, idiosyncrasies and uniqueness, something that is more than evident at Sunderland College’s Arts Academy. The college ignites the creativity of students from across the region, and introduces them to the city’s vibrant cultural scene. Ellen Thinnesen, Principal of Sunderland College, said: “As well as successfully delivering traditional academic courses, Sunderland College aims to stimulate the creativity of our students and provide them with an opportunity to follow their own technical pathway into the fields of arts, dance, creativity, and music. “There is a constant buzz and energy in the Arts Academy, which is always a hive of activity. Our aim is to harness that dynamism and help our learners turn it into a successful career.”

Sunderland College’s photography workspace and dark room, and a film screening room, each student is able to learn, practice, and improve on their individual skill set.” The Arts Academy also live streams rehearsals, performances and shows, providing insight into life at the college, and showcasing the facilities available to the students.

The college offers an array of A-Level courses, including: Dance and Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphics, Music and Photography. As well as a multitude of technical courses, such as: Arts and Design, a Creative and Media Diploma, Creative Media Production, Fashion and Clothing, and Performing Arts. “Students reach their full potential within the Arts Academy, which has all of the facilities and equipment to enable future Billy Elliot’s to flourish,” said Ellen. “With dance, drama and music studios, industry standard recording facilities,


Former student, Michael Brown is one of many talented college graduates. After studying Extended Diploma in Dance and an A-Level in Drama and Theatre Studies, Michael made the leap to the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts international dance and drama training school. He said: “The college pushed me in the right direction and allowed me to get to where I wanted to be. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it, and I’m grateful for my experience at Sunderland College.” To further enhance the student experience, Sunderland College has also formed partnerships across the city to help cultural events to flourish. Ellen said: “We work closely with the Cultural Spring, an exciting project to enable more people in Sunderland and South Tyneside to get involved in the arts scene. “Thanks to this partnership, students participated in “Rush” - a six-month project on mass action, teaching learners

state of the Arts Academy… how arts and culture provides an alternative to violent protest.”

professional performance. The whole project was incredible.”

Emma Kernohan, Associate Leader for the college’s Foundation in Dance, said: “Rush was the perfect opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience by being involved in a large-scale,

The college also supported the 10x10 project with Sunderland Cultural Partnership, providing an opportunity for local artists to learn and also share skills with students.

With a growing involvement in cultural events throughout the city, and an incredible variety of courses to offer students of all levels of skill and experience, the college remains a committed ambassador to Sunderland arts and culture.

For more information about performing arts courses at Sunderland College’s multi-million pound Arts Academy, call 0191 511 6000, email, or check online at

Taste the future of fine dining, today. Mouthwatering cuisine at City Bistro. 12-3pm weekdays and 5:30-8pm Thursdays and Fridays City Campus, Park Lane, Sunderland



citybistroSC @_CityBistro



John Craggs, Chief Executive Officer, Gentoo said: “We are very proud of our Genfactor

finalists and how much they have achieved since taking part in the competition. They have grown in confidence and showcased their talents at some of the most high profile events in Sunderland and across the North East. “Sunderland is full of young, talented and creative people and at Gentoo, we believe in inspiring them to realise their full potential. I would encourage anyone with a passion for performing arts to get involved in the Genfactor as it provides an excellent platform for rising stars to be recognised and it’s also really good fun!”

Genfactor stars take the stage at Sunniside Live North East indie-pop band and Genfactor 2016 winners Saturn Highway wowed crowds at this year’s Sunniside Live Festival, sharing the stage with platinum selling artists the Happy Mondays and The Farm.

Now in its ninth year, the competition has provided a springboard for a number of contestants to go on and perform at events throughout the city and raise money for a number of charities.

Earlier this year, Genfactor 2016 finalists shared the stage with JLS singer Aston Merrygold at Sun FM’s 20th Birthday Bash. Singer and guitarist Tom ‘Mouse’ Smith, who won second place in the competition, performed at the event alongside finalists Leonie Taylor and Lewis Conlin. Other contestants have also performed at Sunderland’s Young Achievers’ Awards, Sunderland’s International Airshow, Bowes Railway Genfactor is a talent competition organised by housing association, Gentoo, Museum and a number of local festivals. For further information which works to promote young and about the Genfactor visit upcoming talent in Sunderland. The event provides the opportunity for the or to see all the talent from contestants to showcase their talents, last year’s final search learn new skills, build confidence and ‘Genfactor’ on YouTube. meet new friends. Members of Saturn Highway, who originally met whilst auditioning for Genfactor 2015 separately, decided to come together and create a four piece band. They then went on to win the competition in 2016 after impressing the judges with their astounding rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ in front of an impressive 1,000 strong crowd.

Gentoo Group Limited is a charitable community benefit society, registration number 7302.


Terrific ten to start their career in Sunderland Since achieving my qualification I have secured employment with Gentoo doing a job that I love. I would recommend anyone who is considering doing an apprenticeship to do one with Gentoo.

Anna Redman alongside Ian Self (Gentoo’s Chairman) with her Chartered Institute of Housing North East Award.

Ten new apprentices are to start their new career at Gentoo in September.

recognition for their dedication and hard work. We are so proud of their achievements and the difference they have made.”

Gentoo has developed the apprenticeships through its partnerships with Sunderland College and New College Former Business Administration Durham, where the apprentices will study apprentice at Gentoo, Anna Redman was towards a qualification in their chosen career. This includes finance, sales and marketing, administration and construction site management. Gentoo has a strong track record of developing talent and creating learning opportunities for people in the North East and since 2001, has employed more than 240 apprentices. Louise Bassett, Executive Director (Corporate Services) said: “This is all part of ensuring we have the right people with the right skills to deliver an outstanding level of service to our customers. We are delighted that ten new apprentices will be starting their career at Gentoo. Last year we took on 20 apprentices who are not only making a real difference in the workplace, but have received external

of skills. Since achieving my qualification I have secured employment with Gentoo doing a job that I love. I would recommend anyone who is considering doing an apprenticeship to do one with Gentoo. The level of support that I’ve received has been amazing and I’ve had so many opportunities to learn and develop.” Bricklaying Apprentice at Gentoo, Steven Watson, was also recognised for his achievements at Sunderland College’s inaugural Apprenticeship Awards, taking home the award for Construction Apprentice of the Year.

Steven Watson at Sunderland College’s Apprenticeship Awards with his Construction Apprentice of the Year award.

He said: “My apprenticeship with Gentoo has given me a great opportunity to learn a trade while earning a wage at the same time. I’ve benefitted from all of the skills named Apprentice of the Year at this and training I’ve received and would year’s Young Achievers’ Awards in Sunderland and at the Chartered Institute definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.” of Housing North East Awards. Anna said: “Through my apprenticeship with Gentoo I have developed a number

For further information about careers at Gentoo visit

Gentoo Group Limited is a charitable community benefit society, registration number 7302.





LGBT FESTIVAL BURSTING WITH COMMUNITY SPIRIT Sunderland Pride Park Lane Shopping Village Sunday 24 September

Get ready to paint the streets with a rainbow as the seventh annual Sunderland Pride celebration returns to the city.

But while Pride is a day of celebration, of music and of entertainment, organisers are also spending their time throughout the year looking at some of the more serious issues that affect the LGBT community.

It’s almost time for the return of Wearside’s Sunderland Pride was founded in 2009 leading LGBT celebration as Sunderland and this year opened The Sunderland Pride gets set to return for the seventh time. Sponsored by Sunderland Business Improvement District, the event returns to Park Lane Shopping Village on Sunday 24 September, with a day of live music, entertainment and the annual Pride Parade.


Pride Centre at Bridge House, which serves as a drop-in space for people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community who need advice or support. To continue their mission of promoting social cohesion and supporting Wearside’s LGBT community, the centre has formed weekly community groups, including a trans group each Wednesday and an LGBT+ group on Fridays, both from 1-3pm, where service users can meet to chat and offer support to others.

The festival itself is free to attend, however each year the event depends on the support of sponsors and generous donations from the public to make it an inclusive and family-friendly event

While this is all going on behind the scenes, the small team is also working towards Sunderland’s largest celebration of diversity, concentrating each year on making Pride better than the year before.

The centre also provides HIV and STI testing and a wide range of counselling services and has run a number of successful campaigns to help prevent the spread of HIV, for both the LGBT and heterosexual communities.

Other sponsors include Barclays Bank, Northumbria Police, Station Taxis, the University of Sunderland’s Student Union and Sunderland venues, Port of Call, Gatsby, Basement, BION, Papa’s Tapas and Fusion.

Gemma Dishman, marketing and communications manager at Sunderland BID – which is the festival’s main sponsor - said:

We are extremely proud to be sponsoring Sunderland Pride for the third year running. It’s always a fun day which brings the Wearside community together and celebrates the great diversity in our city.

For further information about the festival, along with details on the Sunderland Pride Centre, go to

At the same time, the group has also been behind the There Is No Room for Hate campaign, which encourages those who have been subject to a hate crime to visit the centre, report the crime and receive on-going support.





Get on-board with

Mobile tickets

Contactless payment

Updates @StagecoachNE Stagecoach Bus App

Smart tickets

Sunderland dayrider £3.65 Tyne & Wear dayrider £4.00 Sunderland megarider £12.50 Tyne & Wear megarider PLUS £16.00 Prices valid from July 2017


e 24 press

Up to every 30 minutes

Sunderland - Newcastle

Students - Ready, Set, Raid! Whether you’re an undergraduate, mature student or college student - you’re all welcome, so put down those books and pick up some bargains this October at the Bridges. Students, get ready to put down those books and pick up some shopping bags this October at the Bridges. On Monday, October 2, the shopping centre will be hosting its annual Student Raid: a special shopping night to welcome new students to the city, as well as welcoming back returning students, with a range of discounts, promotions, competitions and giveaways for guests to get their hands on. And this year’s raid, which is now in its seventh year, is set to be the biggest and most memorable yet.

Dozens of the shopping centre’s retailers have signed up to take part in the event, which runs from 6:30pm until 10pm, with some discounting items by as much as 30 per cent. Stores offering discounts include Topshop, River Island, Superdry and Schuh, along with numerous others. Activities within the centre on the night include games, giveaways and competitions. The evening is a special one night only shopping experience for people attending

The event is always really popular and it’s also a great opportunity for new students to see the strong retail offering we have here at the Bridges. the university or one of the city’s colleges and previous years have seen thousands of students attend, ready to enjoy the hefty discounts, freebies and entertainment available on the night. The event is free to attend but students must register beforehand by visiting the Bridges website from September.

@bridgessund @bridgesshop





For never smoke indoors. Foryour yourkids kids’ sake, sake, never smoke indoors. ’ Take Takeititright rightoutside. outside. MO N








ce21160 For the sake of your children, dont smoke indoors Advert.indd 1 oce21160 For the sake of your children, dont smoke indoors Advert.indd 1



Harmful secondhand smoke contains Harmful secondhand smoke contains poisons like carbon monoxide, cyanide and poisons like carbon monoxide, cyanide and benzene – and lingers for up to 5 hours, benzene – and lingers for up to 5 hours, waiting for your child to breathe it in. waiting for your child to breathe it in. For tips on going smoke-free visit For tips on going smoke-free visit #smokefreefamilies C #smokefreefamilies

14/07/2017 14:12 14/07/2017 14:12

No ifs, no butts… ...there are lots of reasons to stub out smoking Last month marked the 10 year anniversary of smokefree law being introduced in England and with a new campaign from FRESH, the North East programme to reduce smoking, highlighting the dangers of second hand smoke – there are plenty of reasons to stub out cigarettes for good. The good news is that in the north east, more people than ever before are quitting and enjoying the benefits which come with being smoke free. In the last year alone over 1400 people in Sunderland have quit, people like 60-year-old Chris.

After smoking for 47 years, Chris has been smoke free for over five months with the help of the Live Life Well Service, a service which is commissioned by Sunderland City Council to support people to make healthier life choices. Chris said: “I was referred to the Live Life Well Service by the chest clinic at Sunderland hospital. I started smoking when I was 13 and, like lots of people who smoke, know about the risks. It takes something serious to give you the kick you need to do something about it. “I was a 30 a day smoker, so going through the process of giving up hasn’t been easy. I enrolled on a 12 week programme with the Live Life Well service

and the co-ordinator there was incredibly supportive. She helped me go through the options available to me at the outset and we worked out what was best for me to get started. “In the beginning I used a combination of lozenges and patches but stopped with them in May and now it’s will power all the way. “My advice to anyone who is a smoker would be if you want to give up, only you can do it. It’s definitely the hardest thing I have ever done but I am determined to keep going and it does get easier as time goes on.”

What are the facts? l8  out of 10 people in Sunderland don’t smoke lY  ou’re four times more likely to quit smoking with help from your local NHS Stop Smoking Services l Children who have a parent who smokes are up to three times more likely to smoke l One in two long-term smokers will die early from a smokingrelated illness.

Do you want to quit? Sunderland NHS Stop Smoking Services provide access to stop smoking support for those living and working in the city. Services are available at a wide range of places, including GP practices, pharmacies and community organisations. For support to quit call the Live Life Well Service on 0800 107 0741, visit or speak to your GP or local community pharmacy.





Wearside Audi has moved to a brand new Centre on Newcastle Road, Sunderland.







Stadium of Light





29 0

Find us at 7 Newcastle Road, Sunderland, SR5 1JQ









400 metres from Tesco Extra.

BIG Walk Sunday 1 October, 10am Choice of 3, 7 or 11 mile walks suitable for all ages and abilities, all starting and finishing in Herrington Country Park Entry is £10 per person, enter online at:


HMS Ocean, Sunderland’s adopted warship, has sailed for the city for the last time. The 21,500 tonnes helicopter carrier, which is the Royal Navy’s flagship vessel, is to be decommissioned and replaced by £3.5bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. HMS Ocean left Wearside for the final time on July 11, waved away by hundreds of well-wishers who lined the riverside to catch a last glimpse of a city favourite. During her last visit, the 240 officers and ratings from the ship’s company exercised HMS Ocean’s Freedom of the City be marching through the city centre accompanied by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. Visitors also had the opportunity to tour the vessel.

Sunderland International Airshow once again attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city – despite disappointing weather. This year’s Houghton Feast will run from Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 15. The ten-day festival will feature a fairground, traditional ox roasting, a carnival parade, a tattoo with pipes and drums, church events, community events, talks and tours and plenty of fireworks. The festival dates back to the 12th century when it originated as Michaelmas, the dedication service of the parish church of St Michael and All Angels. This year’s event has a ‘time travel’ theme and will be taking a special look back to the past when Bernard Gilpin, who was born 500 years ago this year, would roast an ox or hog to feed Houghton’s poor. For more information about Houghton Feast, log on to



Europe’s biggest free annual airshow was held over Roker and Seaburn during the last weekend of July and featured spectacular displays from, among others, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight; The Red Arrows and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Work on Sunderland’s new bridge is continuing at a pace with the installation of the cable stays underway. The New Wear Crossing is on track to be complete and open to the public by the spring of 2018, improving the links between the A19 and the city centre and Port of Sunderland, attracting investment and enabling land along the River Wear to be developed. The next big milestone is completion of the installation of the 28 cable stays that will hold the bridge deck firmly in place.



Unique business partnership helping to shape city’s future Sunderland Business Partnership is a collective of the region’s foremost businesses and organisations who are working together to provide a powerful voice for the city and help shape its future.

Street; and set up a partnership scheme, which contributes to the promotion of Sunderland, which has delivered more than £1m worth of positive coverage and been seen by many millions of people locally, nationally and internationally.

It was founded by some of Sunderland’s leading organisations that believe in the potential of the city, and want to positively influence all that it is today, and all it could be tomorrow.

The city has a clear vision for the future, with £1.3bn of investment going in to Sunderland right now, and that figure continues to climb.

The partnership has more than 50 businesses on board, many from outside of the city, but all with a shared commitment to get the best deal for Sunderland – to create a modern, vibrant place to live work, study and enjoy. Since its inception, the group has successfully created the Sunderland Business Improvement District, which has been operational since 2014; played a crucial role in developing the Enterprise and Innovation Hub, pictured above, now open at Hope Street Xchange on Hind


Major infrastructure projects are springing up across the city, including the New Wear Crossing; development of the former Vaux brewery site, including a 60,000 square ft. office building; and the planned International Advanced Manufacturing Park north of Nissan, which will create 5,200 jobs. And bolstered by its shortlisting for UK City of Culture, Sunderland is undergoing a cultural transformation, which is highlighted by the The Fire Station’s evolution from an empty shell to exciting cultural hub.

The partnership is open to companies from the city and the wider region who care about Sunderland. Companies that wish to join the scheme and add their voice to this increasingly powerful network should contact Ashmore Consulting at mark.hodgson@ or by calling 0191 500 8585.

Brought to you by

In association with The information contained in this magazine is for general information purposes only. Whilst we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the magazine or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in the magazine for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this magazine. Any other companies or websites detailed in this magazine are not under the control of Sunderland Vibe Magazine. We have no control over these companies or websites. The inclusion of any company or website does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. All material is accepted on the understanding that it is copyright free. This magazine accepts no liability for any subsequent copyright issues. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the prior written consent of Sunderland Business Limited.

Designed and printed by THE WORKS.

Profile for Vibe magazine

Vibe magazine: autumn 2017  

Vibe magazine: autumn 2017