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NGCV Green Week soars into action

5th September 2017

A mass paper plane throw, building a better world with recycled materials and a clothes swap are just some of the activities to feature in our new ‘green’ venture this month.  We are hosting our first ever Green Week from Saturday September 9 to Sunday September 17th across our venues, with a wide range of themed and fun activities and initiatives for the public and staff.

Philip Bernays, Chief Executive at Newcastle Theatre Royal and NGCV Green Champion, said: “We started our NGCV Green Campaign in 2012, believing that working together we could do more to make our venues and visits to them more sustainable. Five years on, we have achieved a lot in terms of reducing our collective carbon footprint, saving energy and minimizing waste, as well as promoting recycling, sustainable transport and energy and resource efficiency. 

Our NGCV Green Week will help reinvigorate our campaign and enable staff, the public and visiting artists and performers to engage in fun activities, which also promote green behaviours and positive messages across our venues and beyond.”

Share your green ideas

As part of Green Week, we are asking the public to share ideas about how venues and visitors can be greener. People can enter our prize draw, with 10 prizes to be won for the best ideas, including free tickets to some great shows and activities, shopping vouchers and family passes. Click here to share your green ideas and enter the prize draw. The deadline for ideas submitted is midnight on 17th September.

What's happening and how you can get involved

In terms of activities there are lots to choose from.  Click here for the full list of activities.

We are starting at Life Science Centre, which is dedicating its Making Space activities to recycling and upcycling over two weekends, children and families can make a motorized dinosaur on 9th and 10th September and at the end of Green Week on 16th and 17th September, use ‘roar’ materials to make their own flat pack dino!

Sage Gateshead soars into action on Monday (11th) from 10 to 12, with a mass paper plane throw in its main concert hall, using recycled paper and newspapers.

From Monday to Friday (11-15th), Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are inviting children and families to design and build something using recycled materials to help make the world a better place, as part of their Play + Invent Design Challenge at Discovery museum in Newcastle.

Dance City is holding a staff ‘clear out and recycle day’, as well as a clothes swap event for staff and visitors on Friday (15th) afternoon.

Seven Stories is running Story times with a ‘green’ theme on Wednesday 13th and at 6pm that day, Tyneside Cinema is hosting a special screening of An Inconvenient Sequel (the follow up to An Inconvenient Truth).  On Friday  Tyneside Cinema is encouraging visitors to travel green, with discounts on hot drinks at their Vicolo café for people who show they have travelled by bike and discounted cycle hire from The Cycle Hub all September for Tyneside Cinema customers.  You can also get 50p off a cup of tea or coffee at McKenna’s in Northern Stage if you bring your own cup on Wednesday 13th.

Staff at Live Theatre are pledging to car share or use public transport and read scripts from the screen rather than printing out and every day BALTIC will be raising awareness of the venue’s green achievements through information on the ground floor for the public and staff.

Theatre Royal is challenging staff to get creative and put together an interesting lunch using left-overs and back of the cupboard items and sharing the recipes on social media.  Both Northern Stage from Monday 11th to Thursday 14th and Theatre Royal on Wednesday 13th are hosting collections for foodbanks. They are also both staging a Pedometer Challenge to encourage staff to walk more.

Lucy Armstrong, Chair of Tyneside Cinema, said: “I’m delighted to support NGCV Green Week which presents a great opportunity for our cultural venues to highlight the good work already being done to be more environmentally friendly. It will engage both staff and the general public in accessible activities which support ‘greener’ behaviour, and look to what more can be done to help promote a sustainable future. I’m particularly pleased that Tyneside Cinema’s Green Week activities include a focus on promoting sustainable transport through efforts to encourage cycling in and around NewcastleGateshead.”

How do you travel to our venues - let us know and enter another prize draw

We are also running our annual audience travel survey until 13th October, which looks at how people travel to our venues, with a view to helping people travel more sustainably. Last year the survey attracted more than 16,000 responses and this year 3000 people have already responded. To take part and also have the chance to win £50 work of shopping vouchers, simply go online and complete the short survey here

Other ways to get involved in Green Week

People can get also involved in Green Week on Facebook or by using the hashtag #NGCVGreenWeek



1. Full list of Green Week activities for staff and the public 9th-17th September

Click here to download the timetable of NGCV Green Week activities 

2. Green Ideas prize draw (deadline midnight 17th September)

There is a prize draw for the best green ideas from the staff and public.  We would like to hear about  green ideas which will: make our venues and activities more environmentally friendly; help visitors be more green when they visit; raise awareness of green issues; and/or introduce more green activities with a cultural flavour.  Add your ideas online here  

Deadline for entrants midnight 17th September, winners announced 25th September

Entrants will be judged and can choose their preferences from the following prizes and 10 individual prizes will be awarded (preferences cannot be guaranteed)

  • BALTIC: £25 gift shop voucher
  • Life Science Centre: Pair of Family Tickets to the Science Centre
  • Dance City:  2 free dance classes
  • Live Theatre: 2 free tickets to one of their upcoming shows (subject to availability)
  • Northern Stage: Family ticket for the Christmas production of Alice
  • Sage Gateshead: 4 tickets for The Snowman on December 23rd at 2pm
  • Seven Stories: Family day pass to Seven Stories
  • Theatre Royal: 3 pairs of tickets for the Panto, Peter Pan
  • TWAM: 4 free tickets to TWAM’s Play Tyne (interactive water play area for under 7s 11am-4pm at Discovery)
  • Tyneside Cinema: 2 pairs of free Tyneside Cinema tickets

3. Cultural Venues Travel Survey

Every year NGCV runs a travel survey to find out how visitors travel to our venues.  This helps us understand more about how people travel to our venues, as well as challenges people may have when travelling that we can try to work with partners to address. We want to make travelling easier and where possible, more environmentally friendly.  The online survey consists of 9 questions and respondents have the chance to enter a prize draw to win £50 in shopping vouchers.  The deadline for responses is 13th October 2017. Winners will be announced on 16th October. Click here to complete the online survey

4.  NGCV Green Campaign

For more information about our Green Campaign, click here



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