Sky's the Limit for Flight Festival

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

A collaborative project is set to celebrate the past, present and future of everything flighty this month. Sam Wonfor finds out more.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it anything else which manages to maintain its position in the sky? The answer, when talking about a first-of-its-kind festival to be staged on Tyneside in July, is simply all of the above.

Between July 8 and 10, the Festival of Flight will transform the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle into something of an informative, interactive and entertaining air museum, exploring the history, future and social and cultural influence of flight on societies across the world.

The festival has been organised by social awareness charity Heartstone, which exists to "increase understanding between young people aged 8-18 of all classes, creeds and colours ( encouraging them to examine and express their hopes, fears and expectations...and to build an understanding and respect across nationalities, gender and cultures, to enable them to challenge prejudice and intolerance."

Sita Kumari, director of Scotland-based Heartstone explains: "We are always looking for ways to highlight where people are more similar than different and the concept of flight fits this concept perfectly.

"Whatever your culture, nationality or religion, everybody will have had experiences involving flight and will have something to say on the subject. We have planned this event to look at many aspects including the past, present and future of flight."

The festival, which has received support from Newcastle City Council, the Home Office, Northern Rock, Arts Council England and the European Social Fund, will revolve around four main themes. …