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New Years Eve 2017

East of the Sun West of the Moon

In the days counting down to the end of 2017, local people who pass through Exhibition Park and onto the Town Moor may notice a thicket of thorny brambles and the shapes of strange animals painted in  the undergrowth as the monstrous lair appears and begins to grow in size as we approach New Year’s Eve.

This year, NewcastleGateshead Initiative  and Newcastle City Council are collaborating with outdoor arts company Walk the Plank to present an exciting, beastly bonfire and breath-taking firework display on the Town Moor.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon takes inspiration from Norse mythology and local folklore. A bonfire uncannily resembling a giant beast’s lair will form the centrepiece to the evening’s theatrics before culminating in a firework finale.

This family-friendly early evening celebration will also feature a range of fun fair entertainment and food and drink concessions to keep everyone entertained prior to the main event.

Approximate timings

The event space will be open from 4pm for visitors to gather and enjoy the fun fair and entertainment from Heart radio.  The main performance will begin at 5pm  and will include the lighting of the theatrical bonfire and culminate with fireworks by 6pm.

All timings are approximate and subject to change.


East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a free event but will be ticketed. Tickets will be allocated using a ballot system, and you can apply to be included in the draw now.

All applicants will hear the outcome of their ballot entry in the first week of December 2017.

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