Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quenching Thirst for Family Fun; the Award-Winning Juice Festival Is Back to Liven Up Half-Term for Children, Young People and Families. Festival Coordinator Ryan Watson Previews the Annual Event

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quenching Thirst for Family Fun; the Award-Winning Juice Festival Is Back to Liven Up Half-Term for Children, Young People and Families. Festival Coordinator Ryan Watson Previews the Annual Event

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The annual Juice Festival is less than a month away and, once again, the Culture team have kindly let the Juice Festival Bloggers - the festival's team of young journalists - take over a few pages to tell you all about this year's biggest events.

For anyone not aware, Juice Festival is NewcastleGateshead's multi-arts festival for families and under 25s that takes place in cultural venues, libraries and public spaces throughout Newcastle and Gateshead from October 21-29.

This year the festival's programme aims to ensure there's a clear balance between the events and activities for families and those for young people. This year's family element of the programme is as packed as ever.

It kicks off on Saturday, October 22, at 11am with the Big Juice Family Day.

It takes place at both the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, and in Trinity Square, Gateshead, and will feature a range of activities and performances for families to enjoy. Things to look out for include: lCircus Central's The Vampire Rabbit (Mining Institute, Westgate Road, October 25-27) - a promenade performance based on the mystery of Newcastle's vampire rabbit.

It's billed as "a unique, gothic, immersive performance which combines circus, puppetry, storytelling and digital technology and features original live music.

There are matinee performances for families and young children (under 12). Evening shows have "stronger horror themes" aimed at ages 12 plus.

lLulladub (Cluny 2, Lime Street, Newcastle, October 23) - a show aimed specifically at babies and tiny tots. It comprises a performance of traditional lullabies from around the world - remixed. It's a baby-friendly blend of voice, percussion and music technology which might also appeal to parents.

lNowHaus House Warming Party (Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, October 28) - billed as the St Joseph's Primary School's and Shipley Art Gallery's housewarming rave of the year. …

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