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Words Weekend 2019

Where Words Come to Life
Friday 6 - Sunday 8 December.

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This December, Fane Productions bring the first edition of their brand new festival to Sage Gateshead. Words Weekend celebrates the power of words and stories with a packed programme of talks, workshops, panel discussions, music and spoken word. Over 25% of events are free, and all are fully accessible. Through the power of words and stories, Words Weekend aims to unite communities and ignite imaginations.

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As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.

Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.

We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members,  some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces.  Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected].