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Words Weekend 2019

Get On Your Soapbox!


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Year 4 children from Chillingham Road Primary School get on their soap boxes and deliver their impassioned speeches about issues that matter to them.

This event will be the culmination of weeks of classroom work based around the speech Martin Luther King gave at Newcastle University in 1967 and the work of young activists such as environmentalist Greta Thunberg and US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This event promises to make you laugh, cry and maybe even change your mind.

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Start: 2pm
Venue: Concourse

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]