Wor Culture: Play!

10am – 1.30pm

The Core

The latest in Newcastle University's Wor Culture series looks at play, its implications and the possibilities it opens up, for practitioners, organisations and region alike.

What does play mean to our culture? What does play mean to cultural practitioners? What does it mean to take a playful approach to culture or to running a cultural organisation? How do we play, from infancy to old age? How might we think about play in the North East?

There is a growing understanding of play as central to our experience of being human, but investment in play is frequently squeezed out as austerity bites. This is visible in the decay of public play spaces, but the place of play – and its absence – is less visible in wider cultural contexts. This Wor Culture event opens up the conversation about play, considering what it means and how it can inform the cultural and creative industries.

Wor Culture is a space to discuss issues and opportunities relevant to the cultural and creative sectors in the North East. It welcomes anyone interested in these ideas from any perspective: creatives and cultural practitioners, academics and educators, and anyone else who wants to contribute to this conversation.

Invited speakers will make short presentations before an open discussion with all participants. Lunch will be served 12.30-1.30 prior tox the close of the event – do stick around to eat and continue the conversation more informally.


Richard O’Neill
Creative Lead,  Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books

Ben Dickenson (CEO)
Miranda Thain (Creative Producer)
Theatre Hullabaloo

If you have suggestions for topics for events or would like to lead an event, please contact Vee Pollock.

Bath Lane Newcastle Helix Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5TF

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19 April 2024

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