Sat 3 March - Sat 31 March 2018

In his book The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell creates a road map for socialism in 1930s Britain, inviting us to think about the question: 'Meanwhile, what about Socialism?' This is the thematic framework for the two-part Festival across 2016 and 2018. A lot has happened in the past two years. The political mainstream in the UK has shifted to the left, political space has opened up and a new consensus is emerging from the 2008 economic crash and years of austerity.

If Part One of Meanwhile, what about Socialism? offered a historical foregrounding to the theme, then Part Two presents new work by artists and filmmakers that considers the future. The possibilities of going beyond capitalism, the impact of the fourth industrial revolution and automation, international solidarity against the oppressive economies and unfinished wars, social justice for past inequalities and what it means to be a survivor of political collapse.

Rebecca Shatwell, Festival Director

Raqs Media Collective: Provisions for Everybody

3 March - 31 March 2018

Assembly House

Raqs Media Collective consider the futures, fossils and fuels that spin-off Orwell’s attempt at an answer (‘provisions for everybody... more

Bianca Baldi: Classic Scent

3 March - 31 March 2018

Assembly House

Bianca Baldi’s work looks at images and objects as indexes of power structures. Classic Scent focuses on North East England as a model for the development of... more

Lucy Parker: Apologies

3 March - 31 March 2018

Assembly House

In Lucy Parker’s film Apologies, political theorist Dr Mihaela Mihai asks a law school class ‘Should we just do away with legal apologies all together? Can they ever be... more

Naeem Mohaiemen: Last Man in Dhaka Central

3 March - 31 March 2018

Assembly House

In 1975, a military coup killed the President of Bangladesh, ending the country’s first Socialist government. A failed Maoist-inspired... more

Prabhakar Pachpute

3 March - 31 March 2018

The Mining Institute

Prabhakar Pachpute’s new site-specific installation is inspired by his visit to North East England and the empathy, solidarity and connection experienced by the artist in... more

Jeamin Cha: Twelve

3 March - 31 March 2018

Workplace Gallery

The South Korean Minimum Wage Commission is an entity that negotiates and decides the next year’s minimum wage. Established in 1978, the commission's... more

Pallavi Paul: Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia

3 March - 31 March 2018


Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia chases the inner life of its primary protagonist.  Cynthia is at once imagined as a... more

Vitalij Strigunkov: Waiting

3 March - 31 March 2018

NewBridge Books at BALTIC 39

In the spring of 2014, eager for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Lithuania, the country's public broadcaster announced his arrival at Vilnius Airport. But a... more 

Anton Vidokle: The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun

3 March - 31 March 2018

The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema

In this three-part film project, artist Anton Vidokle probes Cosmism’s influence on the twentieth century and suggests its... more

Festival Launch and Exhibition Preview

Friday 2 March, 6pm-1am

Various Venues

The Festival launches at The Mining Institute at 6pm with opening speeches by Festival Director, Rebecca Shatwell and Newcastle Central MP, Chi Onwurah... more

Jeamin Cha: Film Screening

Sat 3 March, 10.15-11.45am

Side Cinema

Jeamin Cha presents a screening of five short films made between 2010 and 2014. Her work takes a critical perspective on society and politics, often focusing on labour issues and urban development... more

Pallavi Paul: Artist Talk

Sat 3 March, 12.15-1.15pm


Pallavi Paul will give a gallery talk and reading around her new commission Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia. Focusing on the gallery as a space for reading, the event will activate... more

Raqs Media Collective: A Raft in Space: A Roundtable on Provisions for Everybody

Sat 3 March, 2.30-4.30pm

Civic Centre Commitee Rooms

Raqs Media Collective’s polyglot work has invoked companions as diverse as a cosmonaut, a deep-sea diver, and a thoughtful... more

Anton Vidokle: Immortality for All: a film trilogy on Russian Cosmism

Sat 3 March, 5.30-8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Artist Anton Vidokle probes Cosmism’s influence on the twentieth century and suggests its relevance to the present... more

Bianca Baldi: The elm, the oak, the deer and the City of the Wicked

Sun 4 March, 12-1pm

Assembly House

Bianca Baldi will present a live reading within her installation Classic Scent that brings together narratives of... more

Prabhakar Pachpute: Artist Talk

Sun 4 March, 2.30-4pm

The Mining Institute

Prabhakar Pachpute will talk about his new site-specific commission at The Mining Institute in conversation with Festival Director Rebecca Shatwell and some of the contributors... more

Raoul Peck: The Young Karl Marx / Le Jeune Karl Marx

Sun 4 March, 5.15-8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) takes us to Europe on the verge of change as he chronicles the meeting in 1844 of the young Karl Marx and Friedrich... more

Anocha Suwichakornpong: By the Time it Gets Dark

Tues 6 March, 6-8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Taking the 1976 student massacre at Bangkok’s Thammasat University as its starting point, the director’s second feature intricately weaves together notions... more

Sylvain L'Espérance: Combat au bout de la nuit

Sun 11 March, 2-7pm

Side Cinema

Fighting through the Night takes us to the heart of contemporary Greece, where people are striving for a common future while resisting an oppressive economy... more

Oleg Mavromatti: Monkey, Ostrich and Grave

Thu 15 March, 7-9pm

Side Cinema

Will the life of video blogger Gorin of Lugansk change after he encounters a UFO? This is the story of Genadi Gorin, whose life floats parallel to the horrific reality... more

George Clark: Double Ghosts

Fri 16 March, 7.30-10pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Double Ghosts is a new film work by George Clark that responds to the legacy of Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (1941-2011). In 1995, Ruiz flew to Taiwan to film Comedy of Shadows / La comedie des... more

George Clark, Aurélien Froment and Leah Millar: Panel Discussion

Sat 17 March, 12-1pm

Side Cinema

Join contemporary artists George Clark, Aurélien Froment and Leah Millar at the beginning of the cinema weekend to discuss... more

Leah Millar: New Commission

Sat 17 March, 2.30-4.30pm

Side Cinema

In this new commission, artist and experimental filmmaker Leah Millar looks at marginalised land space bordering the River Tyne, exploring themes of trace, collective memory and social history... more

Raúl Ruiz: El Realismo Socialista (Considerádo Commo Una de las Bellas Artes): Slow Retrospective 7

Sat 17 March, 6-10pm

Side Cinema

Socialist Realism (Considered as one of the Fine Arts) was improvised mainly on the factory floor... more

Raúl Ruiz: The Suspended Vocation / La Vocation suspendue

Sun 18 March, 1-3pm

Side Cinema

After the 1973 Chilean military coup Raúl Ruiz was forced into exile and relocated to Europe. The Suspended Vocation, Ruiz's ... more

Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento: The Wandering Soap Opera / La Telenovela errante

Sun 18 March, 4-6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Following the lifting of martial law in 1990, Raúl Ruiz returned to Chile where he filmed The Wandering Soap Opera with local... more

Amber Films: Tyne Lives

Sun 18 March, 8-10pm

Side Cinema

A feature length film by Amber Films collective blending narrative and documentary, as it relates the reality of working class life on the River Tyne in 1980... more

Im Heung-soon: Factory Complex

Wed 21 March, 6-8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Artist Im Heung-soon’s documentary reveals the oppression of marginalised female workers in South Korea, from working class women... more

Panel Discussion: Collective Action

Sat 24 March, 2.45pm

The Mining Institute

This panel discussion brings together trade unionists, union representatives and worker-led campaigns that are in current or recent industrial action... more

Wang Bing: Bitter Money

Sun 25 March, 2.30-5.45pm

Tyneside Cinema

Bitter Money follows three young people leaving their hometown to work in East China’s busiest city. With high numbers of part-time workers, few opportunities and poor living conditions... more

Epilogue: a public gathering

Sat 31 March, 3pm-6pm

BALTIC 39 (assembly point)

The epilogue offers a conclusion to what has happened and a glimmer of what is to come. On the last day, Festival Director, Rebecca Shatwell, will give a guided tour of the exhibition, reflecting on... more