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City of Dreams Launch

30th August 2018

City of Dreams Launches Our 10-year mission starts on 18th September to make NewcastleGateshead the best place to be young.

City of Dreams is being launched at two special events on 18th September. We are kicking off the 10-year mission for all children and young people in our city, in partnership with over 40 arts, heritage, science, education, voluntary sector, health, local authority and business partners.

Our partnership recognises that local children face significant challenges. There are high levels of child poverty on Tyneside, high numbers of Looked After Children, an attainment dip between primary and secondary education, and recurring skills challenges for young people making their way into work.  However, by working together to harness the benefits of cultural engagement and creative activity, we believe NewcastleGateshead can earn a reputation as the best place to be young.

Why are we doing this as NGCV?

  • We are initiating City of Dreams because we have a common commitment to working with local children and young people.
  • We want to play our part in improving their life chances.
  • City of Dreams will enable us to best support statutory, voluntary, cultural, and other organisations who work every day in the interests of children, young people, and our fantastic city.

Over the last year we have brought together organisations across the arts, culture, science, education, local and health authorities, business, and the children and young people’s sector. Though the City of Dreams Champions network, this broad partnership has developed the ideas and actions that will make our mission a success.

We are going forward together, for the next decade.

Putting children and young people in the lead.

Our Young Champions Board is led by Gateshead Youth Assembly and Newcastle BCC Full Hall Youth Council. With their support, and help from Youth Focus North East, Headliners, the Princes Trust, and NewcastleGateshead CVS, we ran our first Big Culture Conversation earlier this year.

During 4 months of workshops and focus groups, the Big Culture Conversation engaged nearly 1000 under25s in shaping an agenda for culture in our city.

They told us cultural and creative activity helps them grow confidence, find new talents, develop sustainable careers, and share their voice in powerful ways. We believe it will also contribute to raising attainment and aspiration.

We believe all under 25s should be able to enjoy the fantastic things available to see and do in our city, and to get the most out of engaging with culture, heritage art and science. Through our partnership, we have some fantastic new ideas to make that happen.

We’re starting from a strong base too. There are over 4million attendances at cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead every year, and over 900,000 engagements in creative learning programmes.

City of Dreams is a shared strategy for going further, for enabling children and young people to be more than just visitors.

Over the next 10 years we will work to break down the barriers that prevent some people from taking part, to engage everyone under 25, enable them to develop new interests, skills and careers, have a stronger role in civil society, and improve their life experiences.

We will be sharing more details at our special launch events.

Get involved now – Make Something Brilliant

There are lots of opportunities now for children and young people to get involved in fun activities, from make and inventing workshops, dance and art classes to making music, film and drama. Find out more:

Launch Day Events

Joining us to bring the City of Dreams vision and plans to life on 18th September, will be:

  • Gateshead Youth Assembly and Newcastle Youth Council members
  • Iain Watson (Chair of NGCV, and Director, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums)
  • Cllr Kim McGuinness (Newcastle City Council) and Cllr Gary Haley (Gateshead Council)
  • Vee Pollock (Dean of Culture, Newcastle University)
  • James Ramsbotham (North East England Chamber of Commerce)
  • Gemma Dyer (Princes Trust)
  • Kema Kay (actor and recording artist)
  • Rowan McCabe (the worlds first “door-to-door poet”)

There will also be the first screening of a new City of Dreams film, made by Northern Stars at Tyneside Cinema, and a poem written and performed by young people involved in the Big Culture Conversation.

There will be 2 events on 18th September, both hosted at Northern Stage.

  •  10am-12pm, Tuesday 18th September 2018, Stage 2, Northern Stage

A special seminar for arts, culture, heritage and science organisations. This event will highlight the key insights informing the City of Dreams strategy, and allow time for discussion about how we can work together in the future, evolve our plans, and what challenges we might face along the way.

  • 4.30pm – marketplace/snacks, 5-6pm Tuesday 18th September 2018, Stage 2, Northern Stage

An exciting City of Dreams event for leaders in civil society, business, education, culture, the arts, funding organisations, and the voluntary and community sector. There will be presentations, announcements, performances and opportunities for networking.

To find out more stay tuned to this website, email us at mailto:info@cityofdreams.org.uk, or follow City of Dreams on Twitter: @CityofdreamsNG