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We present free events throughout the year giving audiences the chance to enjoy live music, performance, arts, exhibitions, stories and workshops that celebrate humanity, the environment and positive social action.

Our annual UNITY Festival is an opportunity for people to come together and explore music, arts, exhibitions, movement, workshops as we celebrate our themes of humanity, the environemnt and social action.

UNITY Festival first took place online in 2021. Over one weekend 26 free events took place which were enjoyed by 1000+ people across 23 countries. In March 2022 UNITY Festival returned with a weekend of free live music, performance, arts, exhibitions, stories and workshops set across three locations - St Silas’ Church in Byker, Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books, and Brinkburn Street Brewery Bar & Kitchen.

For 2023 UNITY Festival took place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March at Preston Park Museum & Grounds in Stockton-on-Tees and on Saturday 25 March at Ouseburn Community Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Festival-goers of all ages and backgrounds were invited to take part in a jam-packed programme of events. Find out more here.

Recent events include:

“Unless and until we get to hear these testimonies in unique and mesmerising ways we will learn, and once we learn we will say no... we must learn and in order for us to learn organisations such as Skimstone, it is absolutely vital for you to create the platform and opportunity.”

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Habib Rahman

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