than 50 different venues, 2 days, many thousands of visitors, that’s “The Late
Shows 2012” in Newcastle. In the city centre as well as on the Quayside, in
Ouseburn and Gateshead wherever you go you see the black posters and flags with
the yellow letters “The Late Shows”. The variety of the programme is as big as
the variety of the places. Art exhibitions, workshops, concerts and jam
sessions, circus, interactive installations, theatre, guided tours at places
that normally are not open to the public and so on … You don’t have any chance
to see everything, even if you try to see the half you will fail. CCC on the
road saw 18 different venues within about 9 hours on 2 evenings. The results
will be part of the film about the creative life in Newcastle we are going to
produce during this project.
The idea for
the cultural festival was born in 2007 by Bill
Griffiths, who is still The Late Shows Project Manager. Since than every second weekend in May people from all over the region
come to Newcastle and Gateshead to explore a different way of nightlife and see
their city from a different perspective. In the first year the event started
with 14 different venues and grew up in the past five years to 56. In the year 2011
the organisers counted more than 24.000 visitors within two evenings and it
seemed to be even more in 2012…
How to get from Bremen to Newcastle? We just took
a Ryanair flight to Edinburgh and rented a car. After a two hours driving
trough a very nice landscape we landed in Ouseburn one of the creative districts
of Newcastle the city along the Tyne river. Ouseburn in the past was an
industrial harbour area and has beeninthe past tenyears, moreandmorediscoveredby artistsandother
creative people. Today a lot of galleries, workshops and creative offices are
located here. One example is the Toffee Factory a building that was recreated
froma ruininto one of the most modernofficebuildings in the city:
offices for 4 to 25 people, located directly at the waterside, biomass heating,
a roof top terrace etc. The creative hub scooped a series of awards like the Project of the Yeartitle at the North East RICS
Renaissance Awards 2012.
One of the creative companies located at the
Toffee Factory is Keltie Cochrane - doing all around advertising, design and
marketing. We talked to Jason Cochrane one of the company founders about creative
business in Newcastle and the importance of the surrounding for creating new
ideas. It seems to be magic about the Toffee Factory: “Since we moved here our
business is even running better” says Jason Cochrane.
Back from Sweden the next stop for CCC on the road was Hamburg. The city
is one of three German partners in the Creative City Challenge and an important
place for the media world.
1.Collecting as much as
possible city impressions and pictures from people living in Hamburg within one
2.Learn more about
creative projects in Hamburg. And so we did: First we visited the HAW Hamburg
University of Applied Science (www.design.haw-hamburg.de) and learned more about the education of creative
people in the city. In the evening we followed an event about design
in the daily life organised by hamburgunddesign (www.hamburgunddesign.de).
After the trip to Hamburg we went back to Bremen the hub of the CCC film
team. These days we spend mainly for the postproduction of the filming in
Sweden and Hamburg. That means checking all material, sounds, pictures and name
it, sorting ….
At Firday 18th May CCC on the road goes to Newcastle to see
for example The Late Show 2012.
beginning of 2012 we have been preparing the whole project. Finally, at the 6th of
May we started the big travel exhibition of the Creative City Challenge
Project. Our first destination: Gothenburg in Sweden.
Germany we rented a car from Cambio Carsharing to Kiel. By a Stena Line ferry boat
we got over the Baltic Sea to Gothenburg. The trip on the ferry was very
interesting to film. We got the permission to film at the bridge of the Stena
Scandinavia, which is with 240 meters one of the longest RoPax ferries in the
world. 30 meters above the sea we had a perfect view and learned a lot about life on board. The crew is living about 8 days on the ship that brings up
to 1.800 people daily from Kiel to Gothenburg or the other way around. The
ferry is like a swimming hotel with restaurants and bars, a shop and sleeping
On Sunday, we left Kiel
at 7 p.m. and arrived at Gothenburg at 9:00 a.m on Monday. This day was going to be a TILLT day. We met Anna Grzelec, Jon Liinason and Bertil Göransson who are working as project leaders.
TILLT is the Swedish CCC project partner and produces artistic intervention in
organisations. One of the tasks of TILLT is to help companies to change their perspectives by
entering into collaborations with artists, such as actors, photographers,
dancers, writers or musicians. For the travel exhibition we recorded a talk between
Anna and Jon in order to get a better idea about the influence of creativity on the
daily life and the society at all. www.tillt.se
day in Sweden we drove into the wild and made a time travel back to the 60’s.
In the small city Nossebro the people established a retro project. We visited a
flat, a shop and a cinema where everything still looks like 50 years ago.
Before the city started the project in Nossebro there was no reason for other
people to go there. Today the municipality with about 1.800 habitants counts
175.000 tourists every year visiting the retro places in the town and a lot of
events like a big market and a car exhibitions with cars from the 60’s. www.retronossebro.se
60’s we went over to the future that is the main topic of the strategic
planning of Skövde, the largest municipality in the region
Skaraborg in West Sweden. Today, the city
counts about 50.000 habitants and as Christina Josefsson, head of Skövde
municipality says: by 2025
it should be 60.000. Skövde has been
one of the driving forces for the region, when it comes to supporting the
courage to stand out and market the region Skaraborg, not only for its lovely
nature, but also for it´s cultural capacities. www.skovde.se
municipalities are part of the project Cities That Stand out: www.sssu.se
Gothenburg: In the evening we shared a discussion about themutualinfluenceof
design, society and creativity at the Chalmers University of Technology.
Day 3 in
Gothenburg: Equipped with three cameras outside and inside the car we drove
through the city of Gothenburg to gather some impressions of the city life and
the Swedes. The first travel exhibition trip ends with about 200 Gigabite or more
than 8 hours of footage.