Green Week set to soar into action

NGCV Green Week Image Monday, September 11, 2017

A mass paper plane throw, building a better world with recycled materials and a clothes swap are just some of the activities to feature in a new ‘green’ venture by Newcastle Gateshead Cultural Venues (NGCV) this month.  

NGCV is a partnership involving BALTIC, Dance City, Life Science Centre, Live Theatre, Northern Stage, Sage Gateshead, Seven Stories, Theatre Royal & City Hall, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Tyneside Cinema. The venues have been working together since 2009 to share information and learning and develop joint projects.  

One of the key areas of the group’s work is sustainability and environmental impact and in 2012 it introduced an NGCV Green Campaign. 

This year NGCV is holding a Green Week from Saturday September 9 to Sunday September 17, when all venues will run themed activities and initiatives for the public and staff. 

They are also asking the public to share their green ideas online about how venues and visitors can be greener.  Everyone will have the chance to enter a fantastic prize draw, with 10 prizes to be won for the best ideas, including free tickets to some great shows and activities, shopping vouchers and family passes. 

Starting at Life Science Centre, which is dedicating its Making Space activities to recycling and upcycling over two weekends, children and families can make a motorized dinosaur on 9th and 10th September and at the end of Green Week on 16th and 17th September, use ‘roar’ materials to make your own flat pack dino! 

Sage Gateshead soars into action on Monday (11th) from 10 to 12, with a mass paper plane throw in its main concert hall, using recycled paper and newspapers. 

From Monday to Friday (11-15th), Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are inviting children and families to design and build something using recycled materials to help make the world a better place, as part of their Play + Invent Design Challenge at Discovery museum in Newcastle. 

Dance City is holding a staff ‘clear out and recycle day’ as well as a clothes swap event for staff and visitors on Friday (15th) afternoon. 

Seven Stories is running Story times with a ‘green’ theme on Wednesday (13th) and at 6pm that day, Tyneside Cinema is hosting a special screening of An Inconvenient Sequel (the follow up to An Inconvenient Truth).  On Friday (15th) Tyneside Cinema is encouraging visitors to travel green, with discounts on hot drinks at their Vicolo café for people who show they have travelled by bike and discounted cycle hire from The Cycle Hub all September for Tyneside Cinema customers.  You can also get 50p off a cup of tea or coffee at McKenna’s in Northern Stage if you bring your own cup on Wednesday (13th).

Staff at Live Theatre are pledging to car share or use public transport and read scripts from the screen rather than printing out and every day BALTIC will be raising awareness of the venue’s green achievements through information on the ground floor for the public and staff. 

Theatre Royal is challenging staff to get creative and put together an interesting lunch using left-overs and back of the cupboard items and sharing the recipes on social media.  Both Northern Stage from Monday (11th) to Thursday (14th) and Theatre Royal on Wednesday (13th) are hosting collections for foodbanks. They are also both staging a Pedometer Challenge to encourage staff to walk more. 

Lucy Armstrong, Chair of Tyneside Cinema, said: “I’m delighted to support NGCV Green Week which presents a great opportunity for our cultural venues to highlight the good work already being done to be more environmentally friendly. It will engage both staff and the general public in accessible activities which support ‘greener’ behaviour, and look to what more can be done to help promote a sustainable future. 

“I’m particularly pleased that Tyneside Cinema’s Green Week activities include a focus on promoting sustainable transport through efforts to encourage cycling in and around NewcastleGateshead.”

Philip Bernays, Chief Executive at Newcastle Theatre Royal and NGCV Green Champion, said: “We started our NGCV Green Campaign in 2012, believing that working together we could do more to make our venues and visits to them more sustainable. Five years on, we have achieved a lot in terms of reducing our collective carbon footprint, saving energy and minimizing waste, as well as promoting recycling, sustainable transport and energy and resource efficiency.  

“NGCV Green Week will help reinvigorate our campaign and enable staff, the public and visiting artists and performers to engage in fun activities, which also promote green behaviours and positive messages across our venues and beyond.”

NGCV is also running its annual audience travel survey until 13th October, which looks at how people travel to the venues, with a view to helping people travel more sustainably. Last year the survey attracted more than 16,000 responses and this year 3000 people have already responded. To take part and also have the chance to win £50 work of shopping vouchers, simply go online and complete the short survey here.

People can get involved in Green Week on Facebook or by using the hashtag #NGCVGreenWeek and to see a list of all the activities available for the public during Green Week and for a full list of prizes and links to the Green Ideas Draw and NGCV Travel Survey, go to NGCV’s website.


Media contact: 
">Emily Taylor, Communications Officer at Sage Gateshead
M. 07793 762 879 E. Emily.taylor@sagegateshead.com 

Photo Opportunity:
10.15am, Monday 11 September, Sage Gateshead, Sage One 
Please report to Welcome Desk and ask for Kate Holland. 

If you would like to photograph any activities at the other venues during the week please contact Emily Taylor (details above). 

Notes to editors:

Green Ideas prize draw

There is a prize draw for the best green ideas from the staff and public.  We would like to hear about  green ideas which will: make our venues and activities more environmentally friendly; help visitors be more green when they visit; raise awareness of green issues; and/or introduce more green activities with a cultural flavour.  

Add your ideas online here   

Deadline for entrants midnight 17th September, winners announced 25th September.

Entrants will be judged and can choose their preferences from the following prizes and 10 individual prizes will be awarded (preferences cannot be guaranteed)

  • BALTIC: £25 gift shop voucher
  • Life Science Centre: Pair of Family Tickets to the Science Centre
  • Dance City:  2 free dance classes
  • Live Theatre: 2 free tickets to one of their upcoming shows (subject to availability)
  • Northern Stage: Family ticket for the Christmas production of Alice
  • Sage Gateshead: 4 tickets for The Snowman on December 23rd at 2pm
  • Seven Stories: Family day pass to Seven Stories
  • Theatre Royal: 3 pairs of tickets for the Panto, Dick Whittington
  • TWAM: 4 free tickets to TWAM’s Play Tyne (interactive water play area for under 7s 11am-4pm at Discovery)
  • Tyneside Cinema: 2 pairs of free Tyneside Cinema tickets

Cultural Venues Travel Survey

Every year NGCV runs a travel survey to find out how visitors travel to our venues.  This helps us understand more about how people travel to our venues, as well as challenges people may have when travelling that we can try to work with partners to address. We want to make travelling easier and where possible, more environmentally friendly.  The online survey consists of 9 questions and respondents have the chance to enter a prize draw to win £50 in shopping vouchers.  The deadline for responses is 13th October 2017. Winners will be announced on 16th October.  

The survey is online here  

Green Week Activities

  • Some activities are running at weekends or all weekdays, some are focussed on one day.  Some activities are for the public, some for staff and some for both.
  • Please check the full list for details and for further details of activities involving the public, check with the venues directly.

9-10th Sept & 16-17th Sept, 11am-5pm
Life Science Centre: Making Space events for families with children  

  • 9 - 10 September, 11.00am – 5.00pm Scribbebots
    Use unwanted odds and ends to build a motorized dinosaur that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace its path.
  • 16 - 17 September, 11.00am – 5.00pm  Flat Pack Dinos
    Just a bit of cardboard, foil, a few buttons and some plastic? Nope, these are the ‘roar’ materials to design your very own dinosaur.  Recycling round Life:  Under 7s recycling area, fun recycling bins around the centre
  • Activities included in Life Science Centre admission ticket, find out more here  

Weekdays 11-15th Sept,10am-4pm
Discovery:  PLAY + INVENT Design Challenge all Week for families and children 

  • Come along to the PLAY+INVENT Space at Discovery Museum, our hands-on maker space for budding inventors, designers and makers.  This is an exciting place for children and families to explore and build their own inventions from recycled materials, with the theme of building a better world.  These activities are self-led. 
  • Visit Discovery and PLAY+INVENT information online here

Weekdays 11-15th Sept
BALTIC:  Awareness raising for staff and the public 

  • We will be raising audience awareness of BALTIC’s green achievements e.g.  waste and recycling, food miles etc, through information on the ground floor
  • Visit BALTIC information online here

Weekdays Mon 11- Thus 14th Sept
Dance City: Staff activities and awareness raising

  • Publishing, via official and personal media streams, our activities
  • Monday: reviewing paper use, suppliers, sources (engage in Sage Gateshead event) 
  • Tuesday: Recycle day. Clear out, reuse or donate where practical. Any waste to be collected and delivered direct to a recycling centre
  • Wednesday: – focus on the café and what they can do to help
  • Thursday: Publish case study to the LED lighting refurbishments undertaken 

Weekdays 11-15th Sept
Live Theatre: Staff awareness and green activities

  • Staff will be evaluating green practices already in place and identifying future options. Also each department will make a pledge around the week’s themes with follow up on each: 
  • Travel- car sharing or using public transport
  • Paper- reading scripts from the screen rather than printing out
  • Food- bringing in leftovers from dinner and making a pot luck buffet for lunch
  • Recycling- paying attention to packaging that our tessies lunch is sold in and seeing how much of it can actually be recycled

Mon 11th to Thurs 14th All day
Northern Stage:  Food bank collections (Public and staff)

  • We will be setting up a food bank donation station and encouraging staff & visitors to avoid wasting items lurking at the back of cupboards by donating. Items will be given to a local foodbank on Friday
  • Visit Northern Stage information online here

Mon 11th Sept 10am-12 noon
Sage Gateshead:  Mass paper aeroplane throw at (Staff, public and all ages welcome)

  • Sage Gateshead is hosting a mass aeroplane throw in the large Sage One hall, encouraging people to come along, make and throw paper planes from used paper or newspaper, with all paper recycled afterwards. Between 10am and 12 noon the viewing gallery in Sage One will be open to allow people to launch their paper plane ‘creations’ towards the stage (the person who reaches the target on the stage receives a prize).  
  • There will also be an opportunity to create origami pieces, which will be displayed as part of Green Week.  
  • Visit Sage Gateshead information online here

Tues 12th Sept All day
Northern Stage: Pedometer challenge for staff

  • Using i-phones, pedometers etc. staff are being encouraged to walk & clock up additional steps to be shared on social.  

Weds 13th Sept 10.30, 13.00 and 15.45pm 
Seven Stories: For children and families  

  • We will be running Storytimes themed on sustainability throughout the day 
  • 10.30 session suitable for under 5s, 1pm and 3.45pm for all the family.  Activities are included in admission price 
  • Staff will highlight how food waste is managed at the centre and how we encourage recycling of food waste 
  • Visit Seven Stories information online here

Wed 13 Sept All Day
Theatre Royal - Raid your pantry (Staff and Public, All ages)

  • We will be setting up a food bank donation station and encouraging staff & visitors to avoid wasting items lurking at the back of cupboards by donating. Items will be given to a local foodbank
  • Visit Theatre Royal information online here

For staff:

  • We are challenging staff to get creative and put together an interesting lunch using left-overs or those back of the cupboard items & share on social

Wed 13 Sept, 6pm
Tyneside Cinema:  An Inconvenient Sequel at Tyneside Cinema (film rated PG)

  • A one-off screening for Green Week of the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, the film which brought climate change into the heart of popular culture. This follow up film, 10 years on, shows just how close we are to an energy revolution. Film details online here. Rated PG.  Running time 1hr 40 mins. Ticket prices online or at box office

Wed 13 Sept All Day
Northern Stage:  Bring your own cup to McKennas for 50p off tea/coffee for the public 

  • Bring your own cup to our McKennas at Northern Stage and get 50p off a cup of tea or coffee 
  • Visit Northern Stage information online here

Thurs 14th Sept All day
Theatre Royal - Pedometer challenge for staff

  • Using i-phones, pedometers etc. staff are being encouraged to walk & clock up additional steps to be shared on social

Fri 15th Sept All day
Tyneside Cinema travel day 15th September for the public and staff

For the public

  • Discounted coffee / hot drinks at Vicolo for cyclists. Tyneside Cinema’s Vicolo continental café on High Friar Lane will be offering discounts on tea, coffee and hot drinks to cyclists - just show your cycle helmet to get the discount.
  • Bike Hire discount for cyclists via The Cycle Hub. Throughout September The Cycle Hub on the Quayside will offer 50% off bike hire when you show a Tyneside Cinema ticket. Click here for Cycle Hub details
  • Focus on green initiatives at Tyneside Cinema Throughout Green Week Tyneside Cinema will be posting examples on social media of its existing green activities 
  • Visit Tyneside Cinema information online here

For staff:

  • During Green Week Tyneside Cinema will be launching a new Green Newsletter to all its staff, sharing ideas and suggestions on how to improve environmental awareness and promote more environmentally-friendly actions across the business

Fri 15th Sept 1-5pm
Dance City Clothes Swap for the public and staff

  • Bring your unwanted but good quality clothes/shoes and get a token for each item to trade in for something new to you.  Un-swapped clothes will be donated to a local charity shop
  • Visit Dance City information online here

Fri 15th Sept All Day
Theatre Royal - Car-pooling & commuting for staff

  • Staff are encouraged to share resources and give someone a lift, or cycle, scooter or walk if it is possible. They are being encouraged to take a photo, do an insta story or boomerang of their commute and post it to social

About NGCV

NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues is a partnership of 10 organisations running 20 venues devoted to delivering world-class culture and engaging more deeply with a growing and diverse audience. We encompass visual arts, performing arts, music, film, writing and literature, dance, heritage and archives and science communication.

The NGCV partnership is built on a decade of strong relationships and informal partnership working between 10 cultural leaders and institutions in NewcastleGateshead. Since 2009, the partnership approach of NGCV has become embedded as part of the everyday working lives of staff and volunteers across all the member organisations.  We encourage collaboration at all levels to maximise the benefits of the diversity of skills, knowledge and expertise of everyone in the partnership.

NGCV also has an annual independent economic impact assessment, the most recent in 2015-16 showed that collectively NGCV: 

  • Made a total economic contribution to the North East of £87.3m
  • Had return on investment of £4.61 for every £1 public money invested
  • Hosted 3.8million attendances at our venues and events
  • Supported 1,958 full time equivalent jobs in the region
  • Raised £4.6m in project funding for additional cultural activities, beyond core programmes including outreach, learning and participation and special projects. 
  • Supported 958,608 learning and participation engagements, with two thirds of these being withchildren and young people

This in turn makes us a more credible voice in representing the case for continued investment in culture and helps to gain maximum value from all the investment of the past decade.

For more information visit www.ngcv.tv