If you’re looking for something to do, we’ve rounded up some of the best gigs, shows and events taking place.
5. Sunderland Empire theatre tour, February 1
Find out more about the Edwardian Sunderland Empire theatre and experience behind the scenes action before curtain up with a tour at 11am on February 1. Tours may also include access to dressing rooms and the stage, allowing you to see the set and lighting up close and personal. Concluding with tea and coffee. Tours will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Book online, call 0844 871 3022 or book in person at the Box Office. Tours do not include show ticket.
6. The Meatloaf Songbook, Billingham Forum, February 1
Hits Out Of Hell – The Meat Loaf Songbook is at Billingham Forum on February 1. The World’s premier show in tribute to Meatloaf, featuring the Ultimate ‘Dead Ringer’ to Meatloaf Craig Halford as seen on ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes and Channel 4’s The Last Leg. Experience all the hits from what is one of the best-selling artists of all time, culminating over 80 million album sales, a Grammy award and some of the most popular rock and roll love anthems ever written including I’D Do Anything for Love, Bat Out of Hell, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Dead Ringer for Love and many more.
7. Youth Arts Exhibition, Arts Centre Washington, February 3 - March 14
This year's Youth Arts Exhibition 2020: Bright Lights opens at Arts Centre Washington on Monday, February 3 and will be on display until Saturday, March 14. Arts Centre Washington’s Youth Arts Exhibition has become a staple in the main Gallery’s calendar as its reputation has built over the last few years. The annual exhibition showcases the best of emerging artistic talent from across Sunderland and Washington.
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8. 2040 screening, Empire Cinema, Sunderland, January 30
As part of the new Filmhouse Sunderland independent film festival, 2040 will be screened at Empire Cinema at 6.30pm on January 30. Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.