Newcastle Community Festival a Success

Celebration of community life at festival in Newcastle

Saturday & Sunday (5 & 6 July) saw the trial of some exciting temporary street designs in Newcastle, as part of the Ouseburn community festival.

There was live music, community gardening, street food vendors and the street was transformed with a colourful artwork, along with stretches of the street which were revamped to make them more attractive places for people.
For the first time residents were able to see the ideas they’d had for Stepney Bank, Stepney Road and Lime Street in action after a process of consultation, as part of our community-led street design work.
It was an exciting, action-packed, outdoor community festival.
The day before the Ouseburn Festival Sustrans, Ouseburn Futures and Gentoo volunteers set to work painting sections of the street adjacent to Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s books, Ouseburn Farm and Ernest eatery, with help from local artists Roots and Wings.
The colourful designs, by local Architects Xsite, incorporated artworks and symbols from the surrounding environment, indicating the possible changes to road layout, all aimed at slowing the flow of car traffic and reclaiming road space for public use, making the streets of the Ouseburn valley safer and more attractive for walking and cycling.
Kieran McSherry said: “The feedback from the street trial was really positive with the huge majority in favour of the new road layouts and the rethink of how we could use these spaces.
“The artwork, outside Ernest, was a particularly popular space. What was an oversized road junction one day was a place to enjoy lunch, company and music the next.
“Overall, the day was a big success!”
Local community members gave feedback at the festival which will help shape the next stages of the project as it moves forward during the summer months.
Take a look at all the tweets, pictures and community reaction from the event in our social media round up of the day: