Arts & culture

Artist hits the glass ceiling with upcycled chandelier

A Sunderland artist has hit the heights of upcycling with a beautiful chandelier made almost entirely of discarded pieces of glass. 'Adorn', created by Helen Pailing, who is studying for her PhD Recrafting Waste in Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland,...

Rhod Gilbert – The Book of John coming to Sunderland Empire

Following a six-year break from stand-up, multi-award-winning comedian Rhod Gilbert is bringing is new UK Tour to Wearside. The Welsh wonder is set to embark upon a full UK tour in 2019, with a date at Sunderland Empire, Saturday 9 March 2019. As one of the UK’s...

US and UK dancers to stage unique shipboard show

Dancers from Washington DC are heading to George Washington’s British ancestral birthplace to stage a series of shows on board a spectacular sailing ship. More than 50 ships from around the world are currently setting sail for Sunderland which, as host port for The...

James Bay named Pop Recs patron

Chart-topping singer songwriter James Bay is the new patron of music venue Pop Recs who are making a new home in Sunderland’s historic High Street West. James visited Sunderland yesterday (Monday June 4) to see the new premises. He has been a long-term supporter of...

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Fame The Musical coming to Sunderland Empire

Fame - The Musical is set to tour the UK in a stunning new 30th Anniversary tour, stopping off at Sunderland Empire from April 8-13, 2019. Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of...

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Heaps of talent to make art by the sea

The Glass Heap Challenge takes place on 26 May (1pm – 3pm) at the Roker Pods on Marine Walk. This free event will give passers by the chance to watch artists and makers explore the creative potential of salvaged glass and clay from National Glass Centre. Helen...

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