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This September, the north east will be treated to a ‘double bill’ of plays about Sunderland AFC. After a depressing and frustrating season, Sunderland fans might want to forget about football for a while, but the two short plays from Sunderland-based theatre company Cracked Anvil promise an interesting night for...
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A glass artist from Sunderland has designed the perfect gin and tonic glass, helped make stained glass windows and picked up a prestigious national award – all while still a student.  Anne Selway, 26, is currently finishing off her degree in glass and ceramics at the University of Sunderland. For...
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North-east comedian Vic Reeves is said to be “made up” at having landed a small part in long-running soap Coronation Street. It turns out that Vic, 58, is a lifelong fan of the Manchester-based soap opera. The Sun newspaper has revealed that Vic will play a shopkeeper in a short run...
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The University of Sunderland is set to host a graphic novel expo that will feature some of the world’s leading illustrators, authors and graphic artists. Among those attending will be artists who have brought to life characters such as Judge Dredd, Batman and the Transformers. Wonderlands, which will take place on...
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A number of critically acclaimed plays are due to be put on at Arts Centre Washington, thanks to the Sunfest festival.   The festival – which will include drama from some of the UK’s and the world’s best playwrights – will run from 4th to 27th May. Organised by the University of...
Sunderland Shorts Film Festival to Welcome Worldwide Talent
Talented filmmakers from across the globe will soon see their efforts showcased at the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival. The festival, now in its third year, will boast short films from countries as diverse as Israel, Belgium, the USA, Switzerland, Lebanon, Norway, Canada and Japan. The films, from young, indie and up-and-coming...
University of Sunderland Academic to Conduct Game of Thrones Fan Survey
An academic from the University of Sunderland is part of a team which will conduct a survey of the attitudes of fans of Game of Thrones. The team wish to establish what makes such a gloomy and death-ridden show so culturally successful and important. The research team – which includes the...
World Class Photography Exhibition Coming to Sunderland
A free exhibition showcasing the entries to one of the world’s most prestigious portrait photography competitions is coming to Sunderland. Photographs from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize will be on display at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from Saturday 18th March till Sunday 4th June. Organised by London’s National...
Government Confirm Sunderland Will Compete for UK City of Culture 2021
The government today released the list of the cities and towns that will compete to become UK City of Culture 2021.  The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that Sunderland, Cardiff, Wells, Coventry, Hereford, Paisley, St Davids, Portsmouth, Stoke, Swansea, Perth and Warrington will all be vying for...
The Sunderland-born artist, inventor and designer Dominic Wilcox is to give a talk at the University of Sunderland. The talk, which will take place on March 8th, will lead the listener on a high- speed journey through Dominic’s life and career. How to Find Inspiration, Invention and Ideas will examine...

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