Festival of the North East

A new festival celebrating the culture and heritage of the North East has been launched in Stockton.

Full Report: Launch of the Festival of the North East

A festival has been launched to celebrate art, music and history across the whole of the North East.

More than 150 events will be held throughout June as part of 'The Festival of the North East.'

Organisers say that it is the first time a festival has been held on this scale in our region.

Jonny Blair was at today's press call and you can watch his full report below.

Festival of the North East launches in Stockton

The Festival of the North East was launched today. More than 150 events will run throughout June celebrating art, science, industry and history in the region.

Organisers say it is the first time a festival of this size has been held here.

'We're celebrating art and culture, heritage and industry, history and innovation. They're all things that happen right across the North East, from Etal in the north, right down to Saltburn in the south.

"We have 200 organisations, venues, artists and musicians. From the very big to the very small, everyone seems to have engaged in this festival. It's something which has sparked the imagination.'

– Mo Lovatt, Festival Manager

Highlights include; 'The Foghorn Requiem' where a concert will be conducted at Souter lighthouse using ships' horns, and 'Riveting Stuff' where budding engineers can perform hands-on experiments at Stockton's Tees Barrage.

There are also concerts, special exhibitions and art shows across the region.

For a full guide check the festival website www.Festivalne.com

The festival is set to coincide with the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The historic manuscripts, written in Northumberland, will be displayed in Durham for 3 months, on loan from The British Library in London.

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Festival of the North East launched

A new festival celebrating the culture and heritage of the North East has been launched in Stockton.

A press call for the event took place this morning ahead of the festival - which is due to take place in June.

More than 150 events will take place across the region to celebrate art, industry and history.

Highlights will include a cliff-top foghorn concert and a tribute to the Angel of the North.

The festival is also set to coincide with the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels.