Raising the Flag

Sundays at 11.00, 24 June – 9 September

A twelve-week programme of activities accompanies Lubaina Himid: Our Kisses are Petals. The programme celebrates the raising of the flag which sits on top of BALTIC's roof, taking place on each of the Sundays throughout the Great Exhibition of the North. Each week there will be activity at 11.00 to coincide with the raising of Lubaina Himid’s flag.

Week 1
24 June, Northern Proud Voices
Northern Proud Voices is the North East’s largest and longest-running choir for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people and friends-of. Still going stronger than ever the choir is now in its 7th year. Singing all types of music under professional direction, the choir is an inclusive and diverse bunch of people and new members are always welcome. Northern Proud Voices will be performing in Baltic Square at 11.00, and then move to BALTIC’s Ground Floor gallery to sing amongst Lubaina Himid’s flag-like Kangas.

Week 2
1 July, Hotspur School
Children from Hotspur School will be using their voices, instruments and lively energy to raise the flag. The pupils will perform in Baltic Square from 10.45 to 11.15, with the flag being raised at the mid-point of their performance.

Week 3
8 July, BALTIC is Curious: Difference is what we have in common
Celebrate what make you unique, and share it with the world. Join in this mass flag waving event from 11.00. Your flag can be any size, shape or style; the only theme is Difference is what we have in common. Flags should be about bringing people together, and this event is a celebration of diversity. This event forms part of BALTIC is Curious, a one-day takeover of BALTIC by Curious Festival. Bring your flag, a smile and a sense of belonging!

Week 4
15 July, Pop-Up Choir
What could be better than a renewed spring your step, feeling more at one with the world and a load of ear-worms in your head? Beccy Owen's Pop-Up Choir is an on-going series of group singing events that everyone - regardless of experience or perceived musical ability - is welcome to be part of. Becky will be recruiting choir members in the run up to the event.

Week 5
22 July, Mush
Head to Baltic Square for an alt-folk/noir performance by Mush; made up of long term collaborators Nicky Rushton and Sarah Van Jellie. Nicky was one half of the renowned band All Because the Lady Loves. Mush followed on from the success of All Because the Lady Loves and have been creating and performing under this name since 1996.

Week 6
29 July, Seven Bridges Takeover
Seven Bridges are a group of older artists and curators supported by Equal Arts. The group will be in BALTIC’s Ground Floor gallery helping visitors release their drawing talent, and encouraging visitors to explore the building. This is a family friendly event, and a great chance to discuss contemporary art with artists from non-traditional backgrounds.

Week 7
5 August, Ladies of Midnight Blue – Hannabiell
Ladies of Midnight Blue is an Afro-Latin percussion & brass duet comprised of Hannabiell Sanders (Bass Trombone, African & Latin Percussion and Composer) and Yilis del Carmen Suriel (African & Latin Percussion). They create a powerful and upbeat fusion which reaches deeply into trance drum rhythms to create a melodic sound that inspires dancing and audience participation.

Week 8
12 August, Poetry Take Over Day
You’re invited to explore a poem that has been a friend to you in conversation with members of The Poetry Exchange team. The Poetry Exchange explores the idea of poems as friends. Through conversations, events and a podcast, the team gather and share connections between people and poems. In return you’ll receive a gift: a unique recording of a chosen poem, inspired by conversation and your thoughts and feelings about the poem.

Week 9
19 August, Gala Big Band
To mark the Raising of the Flag members from The Gala Big band will perform a ‘call and response’ between Baltic Square and BALTIC’s viewing platform, which will culminate in a full performance in Baltic Square. In addition, band leader Paul Edis will premiere a new work in response to Lubaina Himid’s Our Kisses are Petals. This performance will take place in the Ground Floor gallery (time TBC).

Week 10
26 August, Beat This
Head to Baltic Square for a performance by Beat This, a loud percussion group who believe that people with additional needs should be seen and heard. Beat This was born through a strong creative friendship with Brazilian art activists Afro Reggae who use culture as their tool to bring about change in communities. Beat This perform using percussion instruments from all around the world. The group are supported by the Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company.

Week 11
2 September, Kissed
Blowing musical retro kisses in your direction, Kissed promise the audiences on Baltic Square a crowd pleasing, melodic, unique interpretations of Pop Classics. The band is made up of Nicky Rushton, Sarah Van Jellie, Charlie Hardwick, Zoe Lambert and Nathalie Stern.

Week 12
9 September, North Tyneside Steel Band
North Tyneside Steel band will perform on Baltic Square as the flag on top of BALTIC is raised. As the North East’s top steel band, the band play a wide variety of music ranging from traditional Caribbean, to pop, classical, jazz and Latin. Recent performances include: The Wickerman Festival, Cudrefin International Steelband Festival, Royal Albert Hall Schools Proms, National Festival of Music for Youth and BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year.