A huge thank you to our 2019 festival partners and funders! Without their support, advice, in-kind and financial backing, Moving Parts would not be possible. Keep the arts alive!  

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Between 2018 and 2022, Arts Council England will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


Alphabetti Theatre is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was created by Ali Pritchard. They create, produce and program new original work from emerging artists across the performing arts, working in music, theatre, comedy and poetry. Their ambition is to create performances that can be enjoyed by all. They strive to make theatre that is accessible and relatable; it will amuse and yet still leave the audience thinking at the end. They champion the fringe culture of Newcastle upon Tyne, being an entry point for artists and audiences alike.

Space Six is a hub in the heart of Newcastle comprising of affordable individual studios and bookable rehearsal space for North East based performing artists. They offer space, whether it be studios, rehearsal rooms or shared workspace; all filled with like-minded individuals.


Dance City is a vibrant and friendly place where people come together to take part, enjoy, experience and talk about dance; where professional and aspiring dancers meet, learn and train; somewhere to watch world class dance performances and somewhere for all to come along and get involved in dance. People come to Dance City to socialise, learn new skills, keep fit and active, train professionally and find out more about dance. This all takes place under one roof, in a purpose-built dance-house, in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne


Newcastle University is a red brick university and is a member of the Russell Group an association of prestigious research-intensive UK universities. The university has one of the largest EU research portfolios in the UK. Newcastle University attracts over 20,000 students from more than 120 different countries.


The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art & Design) dates back to 1870 in Middlesbrough and 1874 in Hartlepool. The Northern School of Art's reputation is going from strength-to-strength; it is not only the leading provider of specialist creative art & design degrees in the north, but one of the best across the UK. This, coupled with the School's reputation for quality art and design further education courses, leaves it unrivaled in the North for art and design education, which is why the Secretary of State granted permission for the prestigious change of name to The Northern School of Art in 2018.

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Seven Stories - the National Centre for Children's Books - is the only place in the UK dedicated to the art of children’s books, and one of just a few such places in the world. They welcome over 70,000 visitors a year and there is something to enjoy 360 days a year. Everything they do inspires children and grownups to choose, share, read and enjoy the best children’s literature. Seven Stories attracts some of the biggest names in children’s literature to work with them to stage exhibitions and to take part in events.


Equal Arts are a leading creative ageing charity supporting older people and those living with dementia in Gateshead, Newcastle and across the UK. Their team works to improve the lives of older people through creativity and their arts activities around the country provide creative opportunities to help improve people's wellbeing. Equal Arts' work focuses on giving people the opportunity to explore their imagination and live in the moment. They strongly believe in the health benefits of the arts and support care staff and artists to deliver musical, visual and movement-based creative activities with active older people and those living with dementia.

Ouseburn Farm is a registered charity, city farm and education centre located in the Lower Ouseburn Valley, just a mile from Newcastle city centre. They provide an integrated setting where people with disabilities and the able-bodied can work together, in developing and running a farm project, which is of benefit to and widely used by the whole community.


City of Dreams are going to work hard to help everyone under 25 enjoy the fantastic things to see and do in NewcastleGateshead, and to get the most out of being creative. They're going to do this for 10 years, starting in September 2018 and have got a strategy and a plan for making this work. The strategy was written in 2018, with nearly 1000 children and young people and over 200 staff from more than 40 organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead. 


NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues is a collaboration between 10 building-based cultural producers operating 20 venues across visual arts, performing arts, music, dance, film, writing and literature, heritage, archives and museums and science communication in North East England.


Mythical Mechanical Monstrous Masterclasses - or 4M - is an organisation dedicated to education and teaching through puppetry, improvisation and interactive performance.  From our studio in Space Six we design and build our team of bizarre creatures with the aim of providing schools and other learning organisations a custom programme of workshop sessions designed to enhance creativity and confidence within education.  We tailor our sessions to the specific needs of each client, making collaborative decisions that will result in the best possible benefits - all in a fun, positive environment.


The Cluny is an iconic Newcastle music venue with a reputation that stretches much further afield. The unique performance hub includes two stage spaces, bar and serves excellent food. They have been proudly independent since 2017.

Officially the North East Circus Development Trust, Circus Central is a registered charity and hub for the circus arts in Newcastle upon Tyne. Situated near the city centre in two buildings - Christ Church Buildings on Shieldfield Green and on Mill Lane - their core aims are to develop the youth, community and professional circus sectors in the North East of England through the provision of regular, project-based activities, and to continue expanding a hub into a significant circus training facility.

Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners. As a leading industry organisation, Equity is known and respected nationally and internationally for the work they do with, and on behalf of, members working across all areas of the entertainment industry.

Moving Parts is endorsed and supported by Puppeteers UK. Puppeteers UK is the networking organisation for puppetry in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1999 by the coming together of national membership organisations, national centres, regional groups, companies and individual performers with the objective of delivering a united voice and an effective lobby for the improved recognition of puppetry. 

© 2018 Moving Parts Arts Ltd. (company number: 11035259) 

ILLUSTRATIONS: Rachael Horner     


POST: Moving Parts Arts, 5a Westgate Hill Terrace, Newcastle, NE4 6AS

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