Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Artists Still Blaze a Trail to Revitalise the Valley; Take a Stroll through the Ouseburn Valley This Weekend and You Might Get Distracted. DAVID WHETSTONE Previews Its Lively Annual Festival

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Artists Still Blaze a Trail to Revitalise the Valley; Take a Stroll through the Ouseburn Valley This Weekend and You Might Get Distracted. DAVID WHETSTONE Previews Its Lively Annual Festival

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THE annual Ouseburn Festival takes place this weekend in Newcastle's bustling cultural quarter with music, comedy, art, food and family entertainment all part of the mix.

Organisers are expecting as many as 8,000 visitors to the festival, which has been staged annually since 1996.

Regular visitors will have seen this historic and characterful part of the city undergoing a gradual transformation.

The artists in the 36 Lime Street studio complex blazed a trail and other creative enterprises have followed.

Now come the developers, the artists having performed their traditional role in the phenomenon known as culture-led regeneration.

This year's festival is sponsored by Carillion igloo which is responsible for The Malings, a PS15m ecohousing development named after the old Malings pottery and to include 76 homes.

David Roberts, development director of igloo, said: "We are really looking forward to meeting people at the Ouseburn Festival and giving them an introduction to what's happening in the area.

"If they haven't been to Ouseburn since last year's festival they'll see a real difference.

"Work is well under way on The Malings and we have already sold 23 homes before we have even started marketing them or opened a show house.

"The area is a fantastic place for families and people coming to the festival will get a real feel for that."

People visiting igloo's Airstream caravan will be able to find out more about The Malings and forthcoming developments at Lower Steenbergs Yard and Malmo Quay.

Most people this weekend will be just visiting rather than wanting to put down roots and there's loads to do with children's activities from 11am today and a festival parade starting at the Cycle Hub on Newcastle Quayside at noon on Sunday.

The 2014 International Print Biennale has a strong presence with exhibitions at Northern Print, Stepney Bank, 36 Lime Street and Hoults Yard on Walker Road.

Twenty artists who use Northern Print's facilities are exhibiting all weekend (10am to 5pm) in the pattern shop building at Hoults Yard. …

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