During The Late Shows, museums, galleries, studio collectives and heritage venues come together to offer one-off events including activities, behind-the-scenes tours, performances and parties, providing the perfect way to sample the best of Newcastle and Gateshead’s cultural offer in short taster visits.
The Late Shows began in 2007 and has grown considerably in size. In the first year, 14 venues took part, rising to more than 40 in 2023. The main objective of The Late Shows is to encourage people to visit a cultural venue that they may not have visited before and in particular, to attract a younger audience whilst sharing audiences between venues. Many venues are within walking distance from each other but free buses are provided to help visitors go further afield.