North East Exchange in black on a yellow background

North East Exchange is an initiative designed to help connect artists, creative, venue and festival programmers working in performance.

It builds on previous events such as Meet the Programmers (pre-pandemic) and the North East Culture Socials that emerged during the pandemic. This new iteration has been shaped by a group of artists and venues, following a pilot event in March 2022.


• To connect artists and creatives, venue and festival programmers working in performance
• To provide a platform for people to share their work and/or practice to provide an insight into what is being made, and what opportunities exist to support or present work
• To provide a forum for collective action, where specific needs or themes emerge

Who is it for?

• Artists – at all stages of their careers
• Other creatives working in performance, including designers, production staff etc.
• Venue and festival programmers
• Students preparing to leave performing arts courses

Details of North East Exchange events will appear on our opportunities page.

North East Exchange is currently funded by:

ARC Stockton
Dance City, Newcastle
Darlington Hippodrome
Gala Theatre, Durham
Gateshead Libraries, Arts & Heritage
Gosforth Civic Theatre
Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
Live Theatre, Newcastle
Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Sunderland Culture
The Customs House, South Shields