Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Well Do You Know Your Town; Discover Middlesbrough

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Well Do You Know Your Town; Discover Middlesbrough

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DO you think you know the Boro inside out? Well, now's your chance to find out. The annual Discover Middlesbrough festival gets under way today for two weeks packed with surprises with the aim of showing off the town's well known attractions and hidden gems.

Visitors to the event can enjoy everything from art and literature to the great outdoors, on foot or even by cycle.

There are also more interactive events enabling people to get creative, share memories and get out and about - alongside exhibitions and displays for those looking for a more leisurely experience.

Councillor Lewis Young, culture, leisure and sport at Middlesbrough Council, said: "Discover Middlesbrough is a chance to celebrate Middlesbrough's fantastic history and heritage, as well as its thriving contemporary cultural scene.

"Every year we look to find new and innovative ways to showcase the great things on our doorstep, and this year's festival looks set to be the best yet.

"It's a golden opportunity to take a closer look at the things we treasure but perhaps take for granted, but also to discover some of the gems that may have passed us by."

Here's a quick guide to just some of the things you can see and do during Discover Middlesbrough: ? Tonight sees Don't Be Afraid .of the Dark launch the event. Visitors to Centre Square can find a range of unusual art installations including a glowing rainbow, a hexayurt filled with illuminated bottles and pink neon interpretations of 11th Century proverbs. Help artists to turn bottles into glowing bulbs and transform paper into delicate origami creations to be sailed in the fountain in front of the Town Hall. Go on a torch-lit behind the scenes exploration of the historic Town Hall and an exclusive twilight tour around the stunning 19th Century Empire Theatre before the clubbers arrive.

Visitors with a head for heights will be able to travel on the newly installed glass lift to the top of the Tees Transporter Bridge and, for the first time, take in the breathtaking glow of Teesside at night. …

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