Director for Arts & Culture: Frank Rescigno
“If you are interested in arts & culture, have an idea relating to this area, or you are looking for a new interest please contact us. We would love to hear from you.”
The Arts & Culture Group works to provide artistic and cultural activity to the people of Morpeth and the surrounding areas. The group regularly meet to discuss projects, activities and ideas.
We offer a variety of cultural events: monthly Morpeth Community Cinema on the first Friday of the month; annual Morpeth Movie Weekend (usually February); professional theatre with the Northumberland Theatre Company 2 to 3 times per year; and our latest offering Morpeth Theatre Evenings which we initiated in May 2018 with a production from the National Theatre, London of ‘The Audience’ starring Helen Mirren – we plan to have 2 of these special evenings each year.
A new weekend event Morpeth Book Festival was planned by GMDT, in partnership with Northumberland Libraries. The inaugural event took place on Sat 9th & Sun 10th April 2022, and we hope this will now become an annual literary event in our calendar.
Plus each July we organise ‘Picnic in the Park’ – a fabulous free & friendly family fun community event in Carlisle Park.
GMDT and Northumberland County Council are currently exploring the potential for a new Morpeth Arts Venue, and we undertook a research questionnaire engagement during July 2022 to guage the support within our local community. The proposal is to create a 200-250 seat multi-purpose, adaptable and flexible venue that can accommodate theatre, cinema, pantomime, concerts, comedy, dance, and live screenings. The venue could also have space for community workshops, a gallery and café.
The group is currently looking for new members and would like to extend to a more varied age group, specifically youth and 30 something’s. We are looking to provide activities that will appeal to a more varied audience. Please visit our GMDT Volunteers page for further information.
We also work with several GMDT Associate Member community partners:
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