is an event with an international profile, hosted by the entire region and featuring more than 150 events, placing it as a centre for the arts on the world map.
The event has been also picked to play a key role in the Commonwealth Games cultural programme, Cultureshock
But its major highlight will be a two-week Merseyside residency by the Zimbabwean a cappella song and dance group Black Umfolosi, organised by the Citadel as part of Cultureshock
, the arts strand of The Spirit of Friendship Festival of this summer's Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
" festival will take place from July 1-3 and attract about 5,000 young people.
"I want the whole region to benefit from the Commonwealth Games and this campaign is designed to persuade visitors to spend a little longer in the region, exploring our beautiful countryside and vibrant cities and attending some of the hundreds of cultural events that will be taking place as part of the regions Cultureshock
Staff at Woodhorn have joined forces with Cultureshock
- a regional oral history initiative - and inspirenorthumberland - the county's contemporary art commissioning agency - to work on the project.