Top five events at NewcastleGateshead's Juice Festival
- Rowena McIntosh
- 21 September 2017
Youth festival covers film, dance, hip hop, circus, comics and more over the October half term
Newcastle and Gateshead's Juice Festival showcases work created by, for and with under–25s, as well as a family-friendly programme delivered by regional, national and international artists. The festival takes place during the October half term and is produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and delivered with the help of Team Juice, a group of under–25s who work to commission and programme events as well as manage and deliver them. The festival is diverse in it's programming, with events devoted to dance, theatre, hip hop, music, film and comics. Here we pick five highlights from the nine-day programme.
Join the young programming team for an evening of exciting short films, popcorn and new awards categories celebrating the best young film-making talent from the Random Acts programme. Random Acts is a joint initiative with Arts Council England and Channel Four which aims to develop young creative talent through commissioning and producing short films by young people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Random Selection, Tyneside Cinema, Fri 20 Oct, 7.30pm, free
Circus in the City
Head to The Magpie, a black and white Big Top in the heart of the city centre, and join Circus Central for a whole host of circus delights including workshops and shows. Five Ring Circus present their latest performance, Alice: Warped Reflections, featuring aerial work, acrobatics, object manipulation and characters from the classic CS Lewis tale. Workshops include; Family Aerobalance, where family members balance on each other (eek); Circus Workshops, an exploration of circus skills with a range of props and equipment, including hula-hoops, spinning plates and tight wire; and Family Circus, where you can play games with the Circus Central Crew.
Circus in the City, The Magpie, Sat 21–Mon 23, times & prices vary
Just Jam Battle Finals
Bad Taste Cru celebrate Just Jam Intl Battle's tenth year with some of the world's top crews competing in a 2 v 2 format. Internationally renowned b-boys and b-girls go head to head with raw underground talent. There is also a number rap, DJs and dance performances from special guests. Guest crews include Just4Funk (UK) Winners of Breakmission x Just Jam, BreakSquad (Holland), Furious Styles Crew (Spain) and Flow from Below (Slovenia).
Just Jam Battle Finals, Dance City, Sun 22 Oct, 2–6pm, £15 (£12)
The ever-popular BalletLORENT present their world premiere of Rumpelstiltskin. Retold by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the dance theatre performance is directed by Liv Lorent and narrated by Ben Crompton. Set in a rural world, alchemist Rumpelstiltskin is in outcast until his true identity is revealed. The show features eight of balletLORENT's professional dancers, who are joined by an intergenerational cast of children (aged 5–9) and people aged 70+ from local primary schools and community groups in the west end of Newcastle, Byker and Walker.
Rumpelstiltskin, Northern Stage, Tue 24–Sat 28 Oct, 6pm; also Thu 26 Oct 1pm, £10–£30 (children £10)
Juice celebrates the end of the festival with a comics takeover at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books. If you love comics or superheros this event brings together an eclectic mix of original comic art, as well as the opportunity to get hands on and create your own comic artworks in sessions led by professional artists and Team Juice.
Comics Takeover, Seven Stories, Sat 28 Oct, 10am–5pm, £7.50 (children £6.60; toddlers £2.50)
Juice Festival, Fri 20–Sat 28 Oct, various venues, Newcastle Upon Tyne.