Maps Festival


Maps Festival launched in 2019 as a week-long event for families to get creative in Newcastle and Gateshead. The family-friendly festival returns 15 - 24 February 2020 at a number of venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.  

Maps Festival is a 10-day celebration of creativity and a brilliant opportunity for children and their families to immerse themselves in music, art and play with a packed programme of interactive art experiences. 

This year the event kicks off at the Star and Shadow Cinema with an incredible orchestra sound experiment event or you can join Hen Ogledd for a psychedelic journey through time and space.

The second and third day of Maps Festival takes you to Gosforth Civic Theatre and gives you the chance to experience a variety of different work shops or performances.

Join BALTIC on Feb 18th for a Playful Protest, Families are invited to join BALTIC for a day of Playful Protest; you'll be taking lines for walks, building forts, balancing on walls, and wiggling on your bellies. Through a series of artist led and self-led activities, you'll be exploring what happens when you play, all day. Be prepared to make your own rules, take risks, question power relationships and above all, have a great time!

Join Gateshead Library on Feb 19th for a day of playing by the riverbank, you will enjoy a day of exploring the riverbank through play at Gateshead Library. You'll be discovering, experimenting and creating through a series of workshops, activities and games.

Join The Cumberland Arms on Feb 20th and Feb 22nd for the Lizzo Appreciation Society, Womble Club, Beat it! Body Percussion + Rhythm Jam Workshop and Paddy Steer - An Intergalatic Gig.

Also Available on February 20th at The Victoria Tunnel is Grime Tim. Join rapper, singer, songwriter, Kema Kay, for a grime storytelling session in Victoria Tunnel where he’ll reimagine children’s books as you’ve never heard them before. We’ll head down the tunnel before settling down for Kema’s performance.

Join Cobalt Studios on February 21st for Cats v Dogs! A battle in cla. Get ready for battle! Join us as we pay homage to all 4 legged furry friends around the world at our cats v dogs clay showdown!

Join Seven Stories on February 21st for Seven Stories Takeover - A day of play! We’ll be popping up across the building for a day of challenges, walking backwards, jumping, wiggling on our bellies. Through a series of artist led and self-led activities, we'll be exploring what happens when we play, all day. Be prepared to make your own rules, try new things and have a great time.

Join BALTIC from 22nd - 24th February for the end Maps Festival with Space Octave - A polyphonic playground. Sound Octave is a polyphonic playground. Housed at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art across the closing weekend of the festival, the interactive play experience will see children and adults work together to create a musical soundscape.

The event has been produced by CHALK and BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Arts. 

Opening Times

Maps Festival Newcastle (15 Feb 2020 - 24 Feb 2020)

Guide Prices

Various prices. Booking strongly advised.



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