Duke of Cambridge to Visit The Great Exhibition of the North



Newcastle and Gateshead

Friday 7th September, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will visit Newcastle and Gateshead on Friday 7th September to attend the Great Exhibition of the North. The Great Exhibition of the North is a three-month celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit. Showcasing great art and culture, design and innovation from across the North, the Exhibition tells the story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future.

The Duke will first visit Sage Gateshead, an international music centre which is one of three dedicated Exhibition hub venues. His Royal Highness will listen to musical performances and meet with performers. The Duke will also visit the centre’s CoMusica programme, which uses music to engage with young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

His Royal Highness will then visit PROTO: The Emerging Technology Centre, which is dedicated to testing and creating new digital solutions for future business challenges. The Duke will meet with businesses using the centre, and see demonstrations of how new technologies, such as motion capture and augmented reality are being used by different sectors. His Royal Highness will finish his tour by officially opening the building.

Next, The Duke will visit the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art where he will attend a reception to celebrate and acknowledge all those who have been involved in making the Great Exhibition happen. During the reception His Royal Highness will meet some of those involved in the Exhibition including volunteers.

Finally His Royal Highness will visit Ryder Architecture Cooper’s Studios. The Duke will tour the ‘Horse to Hyperloop’ exhibition and hear about the potential of using Hyperloop technology to travel in the future, including proposals to create a Northern Arc transport loop. Hyperloop uses electricity to propel pods through low-pressure tubes at speeds of up to 700mph. His Royal Highness will meet with engineers, before viewing a Hyperloop pod prototype designed by graduates from the University of Edinburgh. The Duke will also learn about Cooper’s Studios’ youth engagement programme.

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