The Late Shows announces over 60 venues for 2018 edition

Written by on 26th April 2018

The Late Shows is returning this year on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May, boasting another packed programme of after-hours culture as part of national event Museums at Night.

The award winning late-night culture crawl this year will see more than 60 day-time arts, culture and heritage attractions on Tyneside open late into the evening to offer special activities.

Across the two-night event, visitors can expect a wide range of exhibitions, open studios, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, curiosities, music, dance, theatre, heritage, food and merriment.

Bill Griffiths, Head of Programmes at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Project Manager of The Late Shows, said:

“As always, we’re really looking forward to latest edition of The Late Shows.

“It’s fantastic how this much-loved event on Tyneside has grown in popularity over the years, and we never tire of hearing people tell us they can’t wait for the event to come around again.

“What’s great about The Late Shows is it encourages people to experience the arts and heritage of NewcastleGateshead quite literally in a new light – as the event takes place in the evening.”

New venues for 2018 include Star and Shadow Cinema, which will be making its grand re-opening on Warwick St for The Late Shows.

There are also many new additions in Gateshead for The Late Shows this year.

At Baltic Square, Curious Arts has commissioned light artist Stuart Langley to set up a brilliant light installation, which will include an amazing light up display on Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Also new to Gateshead are The Kiln Pottery Studio, The Nest Café & Community Rooms CIC, and LearningSkills Centre, all of which will have fun activities inspired by the iconic Angel of the North and the celebration of its 20th anniversary.

This year will also see a first for The Late Shows as they introduce The Twilight Shows, where some Late Shows venues will be opening a little earlier with special events aimed at 12-17 year olds, running between 4pm and 7pm. An announcement for The Twilight Shows line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Another change this year is that Ouseburn venues will only be open as part of The Late Shows on the Friday night.

This is to allow people from those venues the chance to visit The Late Shows themselves on the Saturday night.

Free bus services and accessible taxis will be available during the event to help visitors move between venues.

The full line-up for The Late Shows 2018 is available to view online at

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