North East Radical History Festival

Date and time: 

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 12:00 to Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 16:00


Star & Shadow Cinema, Warwick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

As part of the Anarchist Festival 2019, the North East Anarchist Group and the Canny Little Library join forces to organise a two day event about the Radical History of the North East in the Star & Shadow cinema on the 1st and 2nd of June.

Saturday we start off with an open storytelling event. Come and share your story about the radical history of the North East. Stories can take different forms: poetry, spoken word, a song, a performance, an artwork, a section from a book, you name it! Themes can cover different aspects of the North East’s radical history: workers’ struggles, black history, feminist activism, queer/LGBTQ*history et cetera. There will also be a creative mapping activity in which we will collectively reconstruct what events took place when and where.

On Sunday there will be a queer performance and screening of Queerama (Daisy Asquith 2017): "Crafted from the treasures of the BFI National Archive, Queerama traverses a century of gay experiences, and encompasses persecution and prosecution, love and desire, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation and Pride. Weaving in the music of John Grant, Goldfrapp and Hercules & Love Affair, Daisy Asquith guides us through queer relationships, desires, fears and expressions against a backdrop of incredible change." The film and performance will be followed by a discussion about the queer history of the North East. 

The weekend will also be an opportunity to connect past and contemporary struggles, to network between different initiatives and to get involved! Drop in to learn and share knowledge about different aspects of the North East's radical history, from workers struggles to LGBTQ* activism. The library will be open on both days with a special collection of books and zines covering the radical history of the North East. The Star & Shadow café will be open, providing hot food, drinks and cake.