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.

Please note that face coverings and Covid passes will remain in place until Wednesday 26 January, in line with current regulations.



Words Weekend 2019

Industry Insight: Creative Access into Journalism.

Talk followed by Q+A.


Part of Words Weekend 2019

Free, but ticketed


Zena Francis is a Broadcast Journalist at the BBC and Creative Access alumni. Established in 2012, Creative Access helps black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, as well as those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, to access creative careers to secure both jobs and paid training opportunities in creative companies. Learn about Zena’s experience and how to forge you own path in the creative industries.

More Info:

Stage Time: 1pm
Venue: The Barbour Room

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]