The Festival opens at all exhibition venues across Newcastle and Gateshead on 2 March. The opening weekend includes talks with exhibiting artists Pallavi Paul, Bianca Baldi and Prabhakar Pachpute plus a special round-table convened by Raqs Media Collective. Cinema screenings include work by artists Jeamin Cha, Anton Vidokle and the UK premiere of The Young Karl Marx.      

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