Following the government’s announcements on Wednesday 19 January, find out what this means for concerts, gigs and classes at Sage Gateshead from Thursday 27 January onwards on our ‘Your Visit’ page.

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Gigs, workshops, summer schools and festivals that celebrate folk and traditional music, song and dance.


Folkworks is our leading programme of gigs, workshops, summer schools and festivals that celebrate folk and traditional music, song and dance. Established in 1988 to promote the folk music of the North East, over the last thirty years Folkworks has led the way in promoting North East traditional music across the region and beyond.

Now part of Sage Gateshead, Folkworks continues to provide world class learning experiences whilst promoting the best of the national and international folk scene on stage.  We believe that folk music is important because of the stories it tells and the people it brings together, and think that the living traditions found across our region should be celebrated, played and enjoyed!

Our Folkworks Learn programme includes Folkworks Tuesday (adult classes), Folkestra and Folkworks Saturdays (youth folk ensembles), Folkworks Summer Schools, schools performances and other workshops across the year.

Our Folkworks Live programme includes our regular gigs, Folk on the Tyne festival, family performances, relaxed performance, artist development and our annual Christmas ceilidhs.

Get in touch!

Are you interested in Folk? Want to learn more about the Folkworks programme of live music and learning opportunities for children, young people and adults? Get in touch! We would love to hear from you.

Get in touch

Folkworks Learn

Folkworks Live: Browse our forthcoming gigs and festivals

Support Folkworks

If you love Folk as much as we do, donate today. Your money will support our bursary schemes, helping to ensure as many people as possible get the opportunity to learn with us through our Folkworks programmes.