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28th - 30th July & 3rd - 6th Aug 2023

Byker Arts Festival is a brand new combined arts event with a mission to celebrate Byker and the community, history and heritage.

Funded by Arts Council England and supported by Northern Stage, CIRC Motif and Brinkburn Brewery, the festival is an immersive creative arts event where combined arts activities, performances and community engagement projects bring people together, build audiences and share culture.

We strive to create a space for the people of Byker and beyond to collaborate and invest in the districts incredible resources, artists and accessible cultural activities.


Brinkburn St Brewery is a brewery, restaurant, and event space location on Ford St, Byker!

Once home to the Maling Pottery empire, Brinkburn St is now a cosy and friendly bar and restaurant with aspirations of becoming a hub for community arts & events.

Brinkburn Brewery is an accessible venue.

Visit the website

We aim to build community, express ourselves using art and create opportunities for creative practice.

This festival is a creative celebration of all things Byker, East End & Newcastle!

We want to provide opportunities for people to experience culture, express themselves, learn new skills and nurture communities.

We are active in engaging local communities, residents, artists and using art practices that require no past experience.

All the workshops during the festival come under the £5 day ticket price and require no further cost!

We denounce

  • Racism

  • Homophobia

  • Ableism

  • Sexism

  • Discrimination  (of any kind)

  • Transphobia

  • Hate speech of any kind
  • Classism

As a community event, it is crucial we treat each other with kindness and respect.

We do not tolerate threatening behaviour or behaviours related to the list above.

Please contact the festival team if you have experienced this behaviour at the festival or partnering venues.

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