Celebrating our region

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THE Festival of the North East has appointed a producer to lead the event.

The appointment of Jonathan Best was announced yesterday by Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell who had the original concept for an event to celebrate the region’s creativity, inventions and discoveries from the seventh century to present day.

Scheduled to run next June, the festival will also serve as a regionwide precursor to the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham for three months in July.

Mr Best, whose impressive CV spans theatre, music and festivals, joins fellow artistic advisers Lee Hall, writer of Billy Elliot, Paul Smith, from Maximo Park and creator of The Angel of the North, sculptor Anthony Gormley.