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UNITY Festival 2022

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March 2022

UNITY Festival 2022

A free music and story festival celebrating community, nature and social action.

UNITY Festival was a weekend of FREE live music, performance, arts, exhibitions, stories and workshops. Set in and around the beautiful surroundings of Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, Byker and Ballast Hills Park, festival-goers of all ages were able to take part in a jam-packed programme of events to celebrate community, nature and social action.


From playful percussion, joyful African dance workshops and a pop-up choir to bug hotels, pledge flags and pottery making sessions this was a chance for people to come together and explore music, arts and nature.



Headlining the Festival on Saturday 5 March at 4.15pm was international Kurdish composer Rzgar Hama Rauf live from Kurdistan, Iraq followed at 5pm by TV presenter, author and President of the RSPB Miranda Krestovnikoff live from Bristol. West African band Asasaa Ensemble raised the roof with a special set to bring festivities to a close on Sunday 6 March at 5.30pm.

Find out more about all of the brilliant artists who contributed to UNITY Festival 2022 here.

Friday 4 March
Launch Event live at Brinkburn Street Brewery at 5pm or via Skimstone Radio at 6pm

Claire Webster Saaremets and Steve Drayton launched UNITY Festival live at Brinkburn Street Brewery to share everything audiences needed to know about the Festival and how to get involved. This event was also broadcast via Skimstone Arts’ internet community radio station.

Download a text-only version of the UNITY Festival 2022 programme here.

“’s so human, that’s the main thing that I take from the Festival, this human quality… this love and sense of togetherness and oneness.UNITY Festival 2021 participant

Brinkburn Street Brewery, Kitchen and Bar was the Main Stage for UNITY Festival 2022 across the weekend. Events also took place at St Silas' Church in Byker on Saturday 5 March and at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books on Sunday 6 March 2022. All of the events which took place at Brinkburn Street Brewery were broadcast via Facebook Live.

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