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Running time: 2 hours

Seating: Unallocated - Theatre Style

North East Culture Social is back! Facilitated by Unfolding Theatre and hosted at ARC Stockton for the first time, this a chance to get together, talk, listen, connect, dream, learn and make plans. It’s also possible to join via zoom too if you’re not able to make it along in-person.

What will we be talking about?

The ‘North East Case For Culture’ sets an ambition of “making the North East the best place to be a cultural worker.”

Wouldn’t that be brilliant?

Here’s another thing. The North East has the highest proportion of disabled people in England. 1 in 5 people.

So… here’s our question. What would it take to make the North East the best place to be a disabled cultural worker?

Featuring Vici Wreford-Sinnott, EJ Raymond, Rowan Brown (Museums Northumberland & North East Culture Partnership board), and facilitated by Unfolding Theatre’s Annie Rigby, this event will kick off with short speeches, before group conversations making plans for action.

This is an event for everyone that cares about building an inclusive, accessible, artistically ambitious cultural sector in the North East. Whether you’re disabled or non-disabled. Deaf or hearing. From front of house, to technicians, to artists, to writers, to producers, to venue staff, to audiences. Just starting out or plenty of years under your belt. All are welcome.

Event Details:

The event is free to attend, but booking is essential (please indicate any access needs).
Hybrid event – you can attend in-person or on Zoom.
Free tea and coffee (although those on Zoom will have to sort themselves out!).

After North East Culture Social finishes, we hope you will consider sticking around to see Unfolding Theatre’s new production Night Classes. This playful, eye-opening theatre experience is inspired by profound insights from deaf and disabled people. Thu 21 Mar, 7pmbook your tickets (Pay What You Decide) here.


The North East Culture Social event will be BSL interpreted and relaxed.

Find more information about the access arrangements in place for the event and at ARC Stockton here.

If you would like to discuss your access needs or find out more, please get in touch with Unfolding Theatre at [email protected] or 07842 855 761.

There are eight £80 bursaries to support freelance practitioners to attend. Please email [email protected] if you would like to be considered for a bursary and include a short statement (a sentence or two is fine) telling us a little bit about you and why you’d like to attend.

If we receive more requests for the bursaries that we can support, we will prioritise freelancers based in the North East and from backgrounds underrepresented in the cultural sector.


  • North East Culture Social Attendee Access Arrangements

    North East Culture Social at ARC Stockton
    Attendee Access Arrangements

    This info sheet has been prepared in January 2024. It will be updated in early March 2024.

    Venue Access:

    Please visit for more information about the building and accessing ARC.

    What to Expect:

    North East Culture Social is a relaxed and friendly event that aims to highlight and discuss important topics, whilst creating connection and networking opportunities between cultural workers in the North East.

    This event will discuss what is needed to make the North East the best place to be a disabled cultural worker.

    When you arrive at ARC you should follow directions to The Point. The ARC Box Office team will happily direct you if needed. There will then be a registration point to check-in outside the entrance to The Point. There will be tea, coffee and water available upon arrival. When you enter The Point, you will have time to look around and familiarise yourself with the space. There will be tables and chairs set-up. You are welcome to take a seat wherever you feel most comfortable for the event.

    The event will start with a welcome from Unfolding Theatre and ARC Stockton. There will then be three short speeches from artists and venue staff to get us thinking. After this we will breakaway into smaller groups for discussion. There will also be time for networking and informal conversation.

    The event is hybrid, so some people will also attend via Zoom.

    Who will be there:

    The event is organised by Unfolding Theatre and hosted by ARC Stockton. Unfolding Theatre’s Artistic Director Annie Rigby will host and facilitate the event. Members of the team at ARC Stockton will also support the event. The talks will be from Vici Wreford-Sinnott, Lady Kitt and EJ Raymond.

    Based on attendance at previous events, we estimate a maximum of 40 people will attend. This will include some people attending via Zoom. The attendees will mostly be people working in the cultural sector as freelancers, or working at cultural organisations.

    For d/Deaf and hard of hearing attendees:

    • North East Culture Social will include BSL interpretation.
    • Members of the ARC Front of House team will be available to advise of the most appropriate seating location.
    • There will be no live captions at the event, but transcripts of the welcome and short speeches will be available.  Attendees on Zoom can also use the closed captions generated automatically.
    • A t-coil loop system is in place in The Point.

    For blind or visually impaired attendees:

    • We are able to provide entry to The Point ahead of the start of the event to enables you to explore and familiarise yourself with the space.

    For wheelchair-using attendees and people with limited mobility:

    • ARC is fully wheelchair accessible.
    • After the welcome and short speeches, attendees will move around two breakout spaces. This will happen at a gentle pace in a step-free area, with support from the front of house team where needed. There will be seating available in all the breakout spaces.

    Relaxed Event:

    We understand that the term ‘relaxed’ can mean different things depending on the space you’re visiting. For North East Culture Social, a relaxed event means:

    • You are welcome to enter and exit the space during the event.
    • There will be low levels of lighting throughout the event and no moments of blackout/complete darkness.
    • There will be no sudden loud noises during the event.
    • There will be a breakout space available.
    • There will be time to explore the space before the event begins.

    Familiarisation Visits:

    We are happy to provide a familiarisation tour ahead of your visit. We will also ensure that you are able to enter The Point a minimum of 15 minutes before the event starts to familiarise yourself with the space.

    Other access information:

    Tickets are free.
    Assistance dogs are welcome.
    PAs and carers are welcome to attend.