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Sage Gateshead

6th - 8th December, 2019

Words Weekend is a dynamic new festival series celebrating the power of words and stories. Words Weekend will curate an annual programme of festivals, in a series of unique settings across the UK.

The first edition, hosted by iconic venue Sage Gateshead, features an exceptional international line-up that champions diversity, accessibility and the rich culture of the North East. Through the power of words and stories, Words Weekend aims to unite communities and ignite imaginations.

Event Map

Gateshead 2019
See event line-up →
Salford 2020
London 2020

Words Weekend is a truly unique new festival, set to shake up the literary events industry. From the vast number of free events, accessible ticket pricing, the diversity of the programme and even the way speakers are paid. The aim is to reach much further than one weekend, and we are really proud to be partnering with so many inspiring local charities and organisations in order to have year-round impact in the region. This really is a festival for the North East of today; confident, diverse and exciting.

David Olusoga
Words Weekend Ambassador

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