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NewcastleGateshead Must-See May Events
2008 is yet another year jam-packed full of exceptional world-class cultural events in NewcastleGateshead. The month of May alone is a feast for all the senses with food, music, dance and sport to choose from.

EAT! NewcastleGateshead Food Festival (3-22 May) will turn the city into a food lover’s paradise. Take your pick from a menu of more than 30 events and activities showcasing the best of the region’s food produce and culinary delights from its retailers, restaurants and hotels. Highlights include unique gourmet experiences, from dining in the dark to a guerrilla restaurant in a top secret location. Make your reservation now.

A taste of EAT!: The first weekend (3-4 May) promises to be a glorious, colourful fish-themed weekend for all the family with the skies above NewcastleGateshead filled with fish (including thousands of fish shaped windsocks made by local schoolchildren) and a lively outdoor producers’ market selling everything from the finest fish and seafood to fishing equipment. Plus a one off fleet of fishing boats will sail up the Tyne from Amble and North Shields (2pm, 3 May) to a great fanfare and blasting of foghorns, bringing the catch of the day direct to NewcastleGateshead Quaysides. Head chefs from top local restaurants will collect the super fresh fish and dash back to their kitchens to cook for the evening’s special suppers.

Now firmly established as one of the key events in the national music calendar, Evolution (23-26 May) is back bigger and better than ever this year. Forget your wellies and tent, this is a unique four-day urban festival on the banks of the Tyne culminating on Bank Holiday Monday (26 May) with an amazing line-up across two outdoor stages. See The Streets, Kate Nash, Reverend and the Makers and recent UK no.1, Duffy – to name a few – against the dramatic backdrop of NewcastleGateshead Quaysides.

A toe-tappingly good festival, DancING the World 08 (2-24 May) celebrates dance and movement from around the globe. Home-grown and international artists will perform at venues around the region and exciting new commissions will include a very special work of dance theatre from balletLORENT, which promises to be not only a highlight of this festival but also of the dance year. MaEternal, features a cast of pregnant women and with company founder and choreographer Liv Lorent herself pregnant there’s an added dimension to a piece which is set to break new ground.

In a city with a growing reputation for its cultural clout, it’s only right that a late night crawl should be around its museums and galleries rather than its pubs. For one night only NewcastleGateshead’s cultural venues will stay open into the night for The Late Shows (17 May). A free culture crawl with events and entertainment ranging from live music to interactive art installations, there’s no excuse not to visit them all with a free bus service between venues throughout the evening.

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