The Culture Shock! festival
As a way of celebrating the Culture Shock! project as it came to a close, the Culture Shock! festival was held to celebrate all the stories that had been made as part of the project.
Between 23 October - 7 November 2010 a number of special festival events, exhibitions and public screenings were held across the North East region. A selection of the digital stories were screened in unique locations across the region from shops and cafes to museum venues and farmers markets.
In County Durham, Beamish Museum screened stories in several areas across the Museum, including the Pit Cottages, Chapel and Regional Museum Store. The themes of stories screened ranged from treasured childhood memories to insights into life in the North East today. Stories were also shown on screens at Durham's Tourist Information Centre and the NeST in Barnard Castle. They were also shown as pre-feature screenings at the Witham Cinema in Barnard Castle. At The Bowes Museum, stories were screened in the Streatlam Galleries and some special creative writing, storytelling and discovery trails took place during the half term holidays.
A number of different events took place in the Tees Valley for the Festival including a special exhibition "Tales from the Riverbank" at Hartlepool Art Gallery. This was a collection of stories and the objects that inspired them. An empty shop in Stockton-on-Tees was transformed into "Sight Specific", a curated archive of local histories presented by Blind Voice UK. Stories were also screened on the BBC Big Screen in Centre Square, Middlesbrough.
In Tyne and Wear, there were screenings at Seven Stories: The Centre for Children's Books, building projections near Monument in the City Centre, the "Tyne over Time" boat trip which showed archival film footage of the River Tyne and Culture Shock! digital stories. There was also a big sreen set up at the fireworks display at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum and pre-feature screenings at the Star and Shadow Cinema.
To see the full Culture Shock! Festival brochure then please click on the following link below;