After much anticipation, the Great Exhibition of the North has opened on the Newcastle Gateshead quayside. It will run for 80 days and showcase the wonderful contributions made by the north in culture, design and innovation.
Gregg Easteal has been to meet those who've helped make this event a reality, and discover what's in store for anyone who's planning to go along.
Meanwhile, Julia Barthram has been looking at some of the interactive offerings at the event. 40 different venues will play a part, and you can find your way around three different trails by downloading the Great Exhibition of the North app.