We're bringing Metro to life in new ways through dance, song, music and visual arts projects involving people right across the region and funded by Arts Council England.
The Metro Takeover programme will see major regional arts organisations including Sunderland Culture, Dance City and Cultural Spring run community projects and commissions to be showcased at Metro stations until spring 2022.
Events that are coming soon:
With Curious Arts
Share your story with our Curious Artists and contribute to our journey mural. Mapping the routes we take and connections we make via Metro.
Saturday 26 March at Central Station Metro (by the Snowdog), 11am - 4pm
Sunday 27 March at Monument Metro Station (by the photobooth), 11am - 4pm
Suitable for all with a moment to spare to share their story.
We’re working with graphic artist Mike Duckett to create a graphic novel based on the experiences of our frontline Metro teams.
Mike will be spending time with some of our frontline employees, listening to their stories and turning them into drawings.
10,000 copies will be available later this year.
A SONG FOR METRO
We’re also working with composer, instrumentalist and music facilitator Holly Khan on a song for Metro.
Holly will be leading song writing and performance workshops with local schools, choirs and community groups.
Events that have already taken place:
See our video below about the Metro Takeover story so far!
We launched Metro Takeover with pop-up dance performances specially co-commissioned by Nexus and Dance City, and choreographed by Robby Graham of Southpaw Dance Company.
The new work, a dance-theatre production called REACH, was performed by 14 emerging dance artists who were part of the postgraduate company The Collective, based at Dance City. In a community-sourced narrative written by Lee Mattinson, it examined the possibilities and the optimism of re-connecting once again as the country emerges from lockdown, culminating in a celebration of the things that connect us and will support our recovery, through friends, family, community and reconnection.
REACH was performed at Park Lane Interchange, Tynemouth Metro station and Newcastle Civic Centre between 4 and 6 August 2021
The second Metro Takeover event was Society of Strays presenting their new outdoor work, Cycle, at Whitley Bay Metro Station and Gateshead Interchange Metro concourse on 3 and 4 September 2021.
Cycle looks at the multitude of cycles we play out in our lives on a macro and micro scale. From the monotony of our daily routines and the journeys we take, to falling in love and falling apart. It looks at our need for community and the challenges that separate us. It is set to be a truly captivating performance that taps into a range of emotions.
In a twisty, punchy, dark comical tone, the work involves a professional cast, voluntary cast and live Soprano.
Youth theatre group, Stage Tynemouth, performed two short, choreographed, contemporary pieces, featuring thought provoking and entertaining stories told through the mediums of drama and dance at Cullercoats, Monkseaton and Whitley Bay Metro stations on 4 and 5 December 2021.
The two new pieces 'The Witch' and 'The Bird' were created especially for Metro by local writer Sam Neale and dance facilitator Katherine Whale.
Please tell us what you thought of the Metro Community Takeover event that you attended by clicking here to complete our short questionnaire.