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UNITY Festival 2023

Saturday 25 March 2023, 10am to 5pm

UNITY Festival 2023

A FREE music and arts festival celebrating humanity, nature and social action.

UNITY Festival 2023 took place at Ouseburn Community Centre on Saturday 25 March from 10am to 5pm. This FREE music and arts Festival celebrated humanity, nature and social action. Including live music, performance, arts, exhibitions, creative workshops and outdoors trails Festival-goers of all ages took part in a jam-packed programme of events.

Now in its third year, UNITY Festival 2023 built on the legacy of previous Festivals to lay a strong foundation for future creative activity in Newcastle upon Tyne. This year’s Festival consolidated existing relationships with artists, partners and organisations such as Action Asylum, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and Nii Qwartey Owoo whilst also nurturing new relationships including those with Ouseburn Community Centre, Hannabiell and the Midnight Blue Collective, Lawnmowers’ Beat This, Circus Central, Ouseburn Trust and the West End Refugee Service.

"UNITY Festival 2023 is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together to be part of a community, explore the natural world and consider what we can do to make a difference. Created with diversity at its heart this playful, creative free Festival has been co-designed with community groups we work with across the North East of England."

Claire Webster Saarements, Skimstone Arts' Artistic Director

Download a copy of the Impact Case Study to find out more about UNITY Festival at Ouseburn Community Centre.


Download a copy of the programme for UNITY Festival at Ouseburn Community Centre:


UNITY Festival 2023 was free. Admission to the Preston Park Museum was also free to ensure the Festival was as inclusive and accessible as possible.


"Not knowing what to expect I was amazed to see the variety of activities and was blown away by the energy on display. Well done for being a true inclusive community programme, wonderful.” Audience Member

I loved the variety of events and that there was something for everyone, it's so special to be amongst such a diverse crowd that is so positive, welcoming and vibrant. I liked how relaxed the environment felt, and being able to dip in and out. Audience Member

UNITY Festival 2023 has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as well as funding from Youth Music, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear, Garfield Weston and Community Fund.

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