Monjer Rashid, Programme Manager for the Urban Games explains some of the activities taking place in the city tonight and throughout the weekend.
Two beatboxers who will be performing at the Newcastle Urban Games give ITV Tyne Tees a quick demonstration.
14-year-old Akakayaz from Newcastle will be performing as part of the Urban Games in Newcastle this weekend.
Street dancers, free runners and DJs will perform at the launch of the Urban Games.
The festival is part of the Cultural Olympiad - the money set aside for the arts - and takes place in August.
Previews can be seen at Newcastle's Discovery Museum.