AV FESTIVAL 12: 24 HOUR LAUNCH
6pm, Thu 1 March 2012 – 6pm, Fri 2 March 2012

AV Festival 12 opened with 24 continuous hours of free exhibition openings and events across the region, for everyone to sample the Festival as fast as possible.

Starting in Middlesbrough from 6pm-9pm with three exhibitions of slow journeys across Cuban landscapes, ancient ruins and post-industrial steelworks. 


The night continued in Newcastle with a marathon 24-hour performance starting at midnight of Leif Inge’s 9 Beet Stretch: Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony stretched to 24 hours.



The following morning at 9am launched exhibitions across Newcastle, and culminated in reading a million years in Gateshead. Then from 3pm in the afternoon we were slowed down with installations that freeze, delay, mirror and expose time across Sunderland.

FREE, no booking required. You could join us for all 24-hours, or drop in at any time. A coach was available to transport audiences between Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.


Leif Inge: 9 Beet Stretch

Thu 1 March, 12am – Fri 2 March 2012, 12am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Leif Inge’s 9 Beet Stretch is Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony stretched to 24-hours, with no pitch distortion. This marathon... more


As Slow As Possible Symposium

Thu 1 March 2012, 2–5pm

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Taking its point of departure from the AV Festival 12 theme of slowness, the symposium investigated how we might... more


24-Hour Launch: Middlesbrough Exhibitions

Thu 1 March 2012, 6pm–9pm

Various Venues

AV Festival 12 opened with 24 continuous hours of exhibition openings and events across the North East... more


24-Hour Launch: NewcastleGateshead Exhibitions

Fri 2 March 2012, 9am–3pm

Various Venues

AV Festival 12 opened with 24 continuous hours of exhibition openings and events... more



24-Hour Launch: Sunderland Exhibitions

Fri 2 March 2012, 3pm–6pm

Various Venues

AV Festival 12 opened with 24 continuous hours of exhibition openings and events across the North East... more