Great Exhibition of the North: Folk on the Tyne

Folk on the Tyne: Backbone of our Land

Sage Two

This performance will be BSL interpreted

Backbone of our Land. What does it mean to be Northern? Why do we live here and why do we stay here? A host of leading Northern poets and folk musicians have been asking these questions.

“How did we get here, eh? We’re surprised to find ourselves on the brink of a seismic shift in our national identity but how did we get to this? When did we stop talking to each other? Let’s start talking now.

_ We might not always see eye to eye, but we all care about this land and where we’re heading. Backbone of our Land explores what it means to be part of the landscape, finding out who we are through conversation and connections.”_

Led by Peter Brewis and Degna Stone, this premiere Folkworks commission of new music and spoken word features new work by Andrew McMillan and Kim Moore and performances by Peter Brewis, Bella Hardy, Sarah Hayes and Dan Rogers.


This project was funded by Art50, a scheme commissioned by Sky Arts to explore the notion of British identity in the wake of Brexit.

This performance will be BSL interpreted.

Part of Great Exhibition of the North

The Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences. Get out and explore! 22 June – 9 September Find out more about the Great Exhibition of the North.

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