East Durham Creates Go & See project aims to ensure that people living in East Durham have the opportunity to visit and experience the best arts and cultural events happening across the North East and beyond. Over the years we have taken a number of local people to various venues, museums, galleries and festivals.
In 2020 when visits to venues prevented from taking place due to the COVID-19 situation, we worked with our ‘Advanced Party’ (members of our local community who advise us on the project) to develop a new way of allowing local people to still access these experiences by virtually visiting exhibitions and watching theatre online.
Our Advanced Party is made up of community leaders and volunteers who will go on visits to cultural venues across the North East to experience them with the idea of bringing their local community groups back and establish a long lasting relationship with these art organisations.
Recently Ellen led our Go and See Visit to Live Theatre Newcastle for The Six Twenty’s comedy quiz show, Mixtape Summer Sizzlers! This was for the launch of our Untold Stories commission, a project all about working with local men to capture their untold stories, sharing word-of-mouth tales and memories of our community members which often are overlooked. Mixtape Summer Sizzler’s was a part comedy sketch show and part music quiz, that got everyone involved and having a singalong. It’s so wonderful to be able to return to our in-person events and be able to get out there and experience art in all its forms.