Get ahead and start filling your diaries for 2020…

Chinese New Year
2 February 2020

Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Sunderland Museum Winter Gardens with Chinese-inspired arts and crafts, thrilling dragon dancing, fun family trails, foodie stalls, museum activities, workshops and more!

Chinese New Year is one of the city’s biggest, best-loved and most entertaining events, so don’t miss out.

Rally the troops and start celebrating!


Thriller Live
6 – 8 February 2020

Settle in for an electrifying night at Sunderland Empire Theatre as West End spectacular Thriller Live rolls into the city.

A spell-binding visual and audio journey through Michael Jackson’s stunning back catalogue, experience over two hours of non-stop hits of Jacko hits and incredible dance routines.

Seen by over five million people in over 30 different countries, this theatrical extravaganza is a breathtaking celebration of one of the world’s greatest ever popstars.

Guaranteed to have you shuffling in your seat and tapping those feet, sing along to iconic hits such as I Want You Back, Billie Jean, ABC and the world famous, Thriller!

This show promises to be one of the hottest events in the Sunderland calendar, so make sure you book now to avoid disappointment!


Champion of Champions
28 February 2020

The first ever Champion of Champions exhibition is coming to the Stadium of Light!

Expected to be one of the biggest darts event of the year, darts fanatics can look forward to seeing 16-time World Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, Dutch sensation Raymond ‘Barney’ Van Barneveld, as well as Ady ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams and Jelle ‘The Cobra’ Klaasen. Tickets £32.


28 February 2020

Get ready for an evening of rock ’n’ roll as punk queens, PINS, whistle into Independent Sunderland.

Hailing from Manchester, PINS are a ferocious girl band that are uncompromising on their live sound and commanding stage presence.

Spearheaded by lead-singer Faith Vern, they’re renowned for blending 60s surf harmonies with post-punk garage rock.


John Williams Gala – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
6 March 2020

Transport yourself to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, recover the Ark of the Covenant and escape the clutches of dinosaurs as the sensational Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate one of the greatest composers of all time.

Experience the full power and range of John Williams’ most iconic film scores, fans can expect spell-binding music from the likes of Home Alone, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park! Widely regavrded as the greatest American film composer of all time, settle in at Sunderland Empire as the world- famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra bring John Williams’ legendary film scores to life.

Expect an incredible evening of music that guarantees to transport film fans on a nostalgic trip through Hollywood history.


Open Event – City Campus
10 March 2020

Discover why Sunderland College is considered one of the best in the UK with an open day like no other!

Head over for a special subject session and explore the different departments around the grounds.

Accompanied by past and present students, learn about your dream course or get the lowdown on the exciting things happening right here in Sunderland!

Whether you’re on the brink of leaving school, interested in reaching university or looking to kick-start your career, this open day at Sunderland College is not to be missed – stick it in your diaries now.


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