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Artists in Olympic-linked rail works project.

TYNESIDE artists will transform a historic rail works to celebrate the region's pounds 1m legacy from the London Olympics.

Artists from the NE-Generation project have transformed Newcastle's Stephenson Works for a two-day exhibition that tells the story of how 11,000 young people from the region participated in cultural celebrations linked to the Olympic and Paralympics.

The exhibition this weekend will include details of 15 separate projects that have involved young people.

It is taking place in the locomotive works on South Street, where George Stephenson created the Rocket - the steam ess ngine which influenced railways the world over. Ben Ayrton, programme leader for NE-Generation, said: "We have chosen to celebrate the creativity, talents and achievements of young people from this region in a place where ideas that were born shaped the world and left a profound cultural legacy in rail travel.

"The NE-Generation project was funded to build a lasting legacy, putting young people at the heart of cultural activity in the North East. The vision of the modern Olympics is about more than sport, it is about the world coming together, sharing cultures and being united. This project has helped our museums, cultural organisations and practitioners better understand how to work with and tap into the potential of young people."

Over the past two years, young people from the programme have delivered projects such as transforming a derelict Gateshead Police Station into an arts venue, landing a national award for an educational time travel experiment, and staging the largest festival of urban sports and arts in the North.

These and other projects will be celebrated this weekend with performances from film makers, DJs, musicians, singers, actors, multimedia artists, circus performers, free runners, dancers, animators, rappers and graffiti artists.

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Date:Aug 28, 2012
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