Mendathon / Fixit Café


Who : Year 9 & Year 10

When : Tuesday to Thursday

What : We’re expecting great things from the 20 young people who’ll be learning to fix and re-purpose all sorts of things from clothes, shoes & jewellery to furniture and electrical and electronic goods.  All stuff that would  otherwise end up in landfill.

Fix it Café are bringing their tools and expertise and will be sharing these for three days in an engaging way.

It would make our day if some of these young people could see a business or career opportunity using the skills that they’ve learned.  Gateshead College will be introducing them to the concepts of enterprise and starting a business.

St Oswald’s Hospice, also keen fixers and up-cyclers of goods donated to them, will be bringing us items to fix, which we hope they’ll then be able to sell in their shops to raise much needed funds.  Who knows some of the young people might go on to volunteer and continue to practice their skills with St Oswald’s.

20 Places.

Sculpting from single use plastic and a Storytelling framework to Pitch an idea


Who : Year 9 & Year 10

When : Tuesday and Wednesday

What : Have you ever wished you were better at putting your ideas across or at creating a winning argument? Seven Stories, the National Centre for Childrens’ Books, have adapted a workshop they normally run with adults so that young people at the Festival can learn these skills for themselves.  Skills for life.

They’ll also spend time with Artist and environmental activist, Diane Watson, to discuss and explore the issues of single use plastics. If you’ve been watching the BBC’s series War on Plastic recently and getting involved in the climate change debates sparked by Greta Thurnberg, you’ll now how important and topical this is.

Bring along a plastic bottle, lots of colourful bits of plastic and contribute to sculpting an amazing new installation.

30 Places.

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