Creative Fuse NE Events and Opportunities

Creative Fuse North East (CFNE) provides opportunities for registered freelancers/sole traders, micro businesses and SMEs from the cultural sector across the region to benefit from a wide range of innovation support delivered by the region’s five universities and in partnership with the Creative, Digital and IT sector.

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Noisy Daughters – a great success

I attended an afternoon discussion event and the evening Noisy Daughters concert on Saturday 3 March 2018 and found both engaging, enjoyable and interesting. It’s great to see activity like this, programmed by happening here.

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Are you a dancer with a learning disability, autism or both?

Are you a dancer with a learning disability, autism or both?

Launch your career as a dance performer, dance maker and dance leader. Join the Talent Hub.

Offering ten talented dancers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

TIN Arts are working in partnership with Yorkshire Dance, the Leeds-based dance development organisation, and are supported by Inclusion North, an organisation dedicated to making inclusion real for all people with a learning disability and their families.

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Creative Fuse NE cultural sector opportunities and update

This edition of the Creative Fuse NE Sector Update includes the following…

  • CAKE events on the science of performing arts and innovative women
  • Tees Valley’s newly announced programme of events and support
  • New dates for Get Ready to Innovate and registration for Digital Literature from Northumbria University
  • Dates for Durham’s Bespoke programme of workshops for small companies, traders, artists and craftspeople – teaching your art, play based inspiration, improving social media and funding finder
  • Sunderland’s Digital Business Innovation support and Hothouse projects
  • Newcastle’s Creative Connections work, B2B Connect and Innovate
  • A wide range of funded placement programmes for undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates

Click the link below to read the update…

Creative Fuse NE cultural sector opportunities and update (16th Feb 2018)

Falling on Your Feet

Helix Arts Falling on Your Feet is our dance and health programme with people aged 65+ who are living independently. We are currently working with talented dance artists in communities across the North East. Regular workshops lead to high quality co-choreographed pieces which can wow local audiences. Participants have fun, get fitter and make new friends!

Helix Arts Falling on your Feet has been awarded 3 years’ investment from Dunhill Medical Trust and The Henry Smith Charity.

In Darlington, Falling on your Feet will run every Wednesday and Friday 10.00-11.30am, from Wednesday 21st February and Friday 23rd February 2018, for ten weeks. (Some dates will be missed due to Easter Holidays)

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Landscape Partnership, River Tees Rediscovered. The sessions will lead towards a relaxed sharing of a co-choreographed performance work based around the theme of the River Tees and the heritage of the area.

If you would like to join any of the sessions you can call us on 0191 241 4931, or email

Photographer Credit Dan Alecks/Locus Productions

Prince’s Trust Enterprise Course for artists in Tees Valley

Anywhere and more

Congratulations to Darlington Hippodrome, ODDMANOUT and all the people who contributed to 30 great performances of Anywhere (5 matinees and 5 evening performances per day no less) at Darlington Hippodrome from Friday 2 February to Sunday 4 February 2018.   Each promenade performance took around 50 minutes to journey around Darlington Hippodrome, but thanks to some fantastic staging, some theatrical magic, amazing energy, and meticulous timekeeping new shows set off every half hour.  With my comfortable shoes, I was part of a happy party of explorers on the second show of Saturday evening.  This came to a close just as another was setting off.  It was great to see smiling people heading off to discover Darlington Hippodrome as a place that can take you anywhere, when I knew my experience had lived up to the billing.

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Noisy Daughters

Darlington music collective Tracks putting on a day which celebrates females in music which we hope will be followed by many more.  Sarah Wilson from Tracks said…

‘It’s vital to give women in music credible, female-led music events nationally and it’s brilliant that we can do this in our hometown of Darlington. We are hoping to inspire the next generation of female musicians whilst giving a platform to the current batch of female artists that are leading the way.”

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Encountering the Other

Between 2013 and 2016 Creative Darlington supported a variety of organisational development activity led by a number of organisations and enterprises, including Darlington Hippodrome, Darlington for Culture, Humantics CIC, ODDMANOUT and Theatre Hullabaloo. ODDMANOUT a new writing company rooted in Darlington and Creating in the North-East and beyond undertook work around their mission, brand and website and to explore new partnership and opportunities to develop income .


In 2017 ODDMANOUT led the Encountering the Other programme with the Market Theatre Laboratory as the culmination of an exciting international collaboration between both companies.  This collectively created production was a passionate, riotous and often hilarious examination of just what womanhood in 2017 means. A collection of voices, stories and experiences of young women and men living across two hemispheres were brought together through a fusion of music, dance, comedy, colour and the internet with Encountering the Other performed by young people from South Africa and the North East of England in Johannesburg in October 2017 and at Darlington on 27 November 2017.

Photographs of Encountering the Other dress rehearsal by Scott Akoz


Creative Darlington supported a programme of engagement activity based in Darlington in the week before the performance on 27 November 2017.  19 education, participation or training sessions were delivered, including work with CLIC and Darlington After Care Team students, north east artists, Teesside University students, Darlington Youth Theatre, Northern Stage Young Company and Darlington Community Chorus.

You can go ANYWHERE at Darlington Hippodrome

Darlington Hippodrome, ODDMANOUT and the Darlington Hippodrome Theatre Company are bringing a series of special promenade performances of Anywhere, to Darlington Hippodrome from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 February 2018, with matinee performances and evening performances each day running for approximately 50 minutes.

Tickets priced £10 adults and under 16s £5 from 01325 405405.

Anywhere is suitable for families and further information is available at