Review: Our Time

What a night! If there was ever a venue packed with an electric atmosphere and people from all walks of life; it was the Great North Museum: Hancock this Saturday night. Our Time excelled in being an event enjoyed by all.

The museum was an amazing venue, stunning building and great inside space for hosting the event. The main stage was set up along Hadrian’s Wall, hosting live music from Skimstone Arts’ Young Artist Collective and Voguing performances from Curious.

Arriving early gave chance to see artists set up their space and explore before the event began. Newspaper pages hung along the stairwells and large lettering reading “WE ARE CHANGE” ran along the upstairs railing. The message was loud and clear: this is our time, we are change and we can change.

Skimstone Arts performed twice across the evening on main stage featuring songs about war and poverty to discrimination. These young people displayed true passion about these matters and aimed to spread the word. Performances from Excelsior Academy’s Young Writers City also captivated the audience with a heartfelt poem and a rap about racism: “black or white we’re all the same.”

The Free Underground Press by Jade Blood was a fun, hands on, workshop. Activities on offer included print-making, banner creating, badge designing and using a type writer. Upstairs World Artists exhibited their prints about freedom, selling postcards of their designs.

As well as showcasing their voguing on the main stage Curious Arts also held two 15-minute dance workshops for all to get involved. Upstairs you could find their expressive make-up station, all things glitter and sparkle. The lovely Crystal worked her magic taking inspiration from star signs, favourite colours or seasons. Collectively they were definitely #queeringthespace.

The food and refreshments were great and fairly priced. Inside the bar had a selection of beers, wine, cider and soft drinks whilst outside stood a sweet shop full of options to satisfy one’s sweet tooth. Local company Ugly Duckling was also on hand offering tasty burritos individualised to order.

Our Time proved to be a great event hosted by Juice Festival. Each person had a smile on their face and enjoyed the evening. Let’s hope it will return next year!