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UNITY Festival 2023

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 March 2023, Preston Park Museum, Stockton-on-Tees, 10am to 4pm

UNITY Festival 2023

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

UNITY Festival 2023 took place at Preston Park Museum on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March from 10am to 4pm. 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, musician and choreographer Nii Qwartey Owoo, rapper and singer song-writer Kema Kay and photographer Kev Howard whilst also nurturing new relationships including those with Preston Park Museum, Hannabiell and the Midnight Blue Collective, RSPB, Tin Arts, an inclusive dance organisation based in Durham, dance artist and digital animator Jem Clancy and performance artist Yuvel Soria.

"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

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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.

“I didn’t expect to be the first person contact at the Festival. I enjoyed interacting with the visitors at the entrance as I welcomed them to the Festival. You guys are doing lovely work and the interactions and support you are providing to artists seems to be yielding good fruits after participating in the Unity Festival." Room Steward Volunteer

"I had to come back today because yesterday was so much fun, we had to dance, to do some drums, doing singing. It was very fun. I meet up with people, many new ideas. My best thing was the exhibition, it opened so many perceptions of me, I was not expecting it to be so ginormous." 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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