Culture Out

July 18, 2016

Arts and cultural highlights from around the region this month

Market: Orange Pip
The third Orange Pip Market will be taking place on Baker Street’s traditional marketplace in Middlesbrough, but the concept has been brought bang up to date, with artisan food stalls, music, arts and performance while you peruse and purchase some of the best produce the region can offer. The organisers advise you to ‘come hungry’ and you can repeat the experience on the last Saturday of every month.

July 30, 12pm-7pm

Festival: SIRF
Stockton’s International Riverside Festival has been going for 28 years and shows no signs of depleting with this year’s four-day extravaganza featuring the Instant Light Circus Company, carnival, theatre, ballet, music and much more. Several events at the festival will be based around the 1829 invention of Stockton’s John Walker – the friction match – a theme that’s bound to fire up proceedings.

July 30-August 2

Air Show: Sunderland
Launching on the evening of July 22, the Sunderland International Air Show returns to Seaburn and Roker with the usual packed programme of adrenaline-pumping aerobatics and land-based aviatic amusements. Highlights include The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (accompanied by live music from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth), RAF Falcons, Royal Navy Black Cats, the RAF Chinook and of course, the Red Arrows.

July 22-24

Art: Summer Exhibition
The Biscuit Factory is showcasing work from more than 200 artists this summer, including headliner, contemporary landscape painter Chris Forsey, with his depictions of Northumberland. Those looking for something a little different may enjoy surrealist works by Stefan Mas Persson or wire sculptures from Richard Stainthorp, while jewellery lovers will head for collections by the likes of Rachel Brown and Leila Swift. Free entry.

Until September 1