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We host a directory of contacts who support or promote international relations, activities and communities.

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Our directory includes public and private sector partners, voluntary and community sector groups and organisations and anyone who would like to share what they do and find out what others are doing to support international relations, work with international communities and other activities relating to internationalism.

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¡VAMOS! Festival (North East)

Due to return in Summer 2020 ¡VAMOS! was originally founded in 2006 with the vision of creating a community driven multi-genred Latin American inspired festival (with its main focus on Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures). After quickly establishing a partnership with Newcastle University the vision was to showcase the very best of Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the wider diaspora no matter what the artform.  Since 2006 iVAMOS! has delivered 15 Latin American styled festivals and 450… Read More

African Community Advice North East

ACANE was initially set up to support the settlement of asylum-seekers and refugees from the African continent, who had been dispersed to the North-East region and Tyneside. In particular to actively promote their integration with the host community on so that they can lead full and active lives. Client groups include: Asylum seekers and/or refugees, Black and ethnic minority (all), Survivors of abuse/victims of crime, Voluntary and community groups. Areas of work: Community development, Community services and/or… Read More

Angelou Centre

The Angelou Centre is a black-led women’s centre based in the Newcastle upon Tyne. We offer a range of holistic women only services for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women across the North East region. As well as frontline support we also work at strategic and national levels ensuring the voices of BME women are represented and heard. We fully support women with disabilities and LBTQI women. The Angelou Centre is wheelchair accessible. Read More


Founded by disabled people in 1991 to address the inequality of disabled people in arts and culture, Arcadea is a user led organisation of Disabled People based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We work to create equality of opportunity in arts and culture for disabled people in the North East of England. We do this by supporting and promoting the work of disabled artists, by enabling and facilitating disabled people to access all aspects of the arts, by… Read More

Arts Connect UK

Arts Connect UK is a Community Interest Company supporting artists from disadvantaged backgrounds in the North East to gain increased access to audiences and markets for their work; to build connections between artists internationally; and to strengthen bonds between communities through experiencing and enjoying the arts. Other areas of work: Business and social enterprise support; Education/training; Voluntary and community sector support. Read More

Association for Language Learning (and NE Branch)

ALL is  the major subject association for those involved in teaching modern foreign languages at all levels. We represent and support language teachers and are committed to their ongoing professional development, providing access to local, regional and national training and networking events. North East branch is also a key partner in Newcastle City of Languages. Read More

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Situated on the south bank of the River Tyne, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution. Our mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities. Read More

Bridge and Tunnel

Bridge + Tunnel is a BAFTA-nominated media production established in 1997 by award winning-director and producer Tina Gharavi, in Newcastle, England to support “unheard voices, untold stories”. Bridge + Tunnel was founded on a principle of producing work with uncompromising creative vision, cultural sensitivity and artistic experimentation, our portfolio of award-winning work encompasses groundbreaking experimental documentaries, fiction and short films, installations and interactive digital projects, as well as feature films Read More

CISV Great Britain

Founded in 1951 CISV provides a global programme of villages and other activities for children aged 11+. In the North East we send over 30 children each year on international activities. Our Junior Branch meets monthly and has 65+ participants from across the region. We inspire young people from across the world to live and work peacefully.  Read More

City of Dreams

City of Dreams was launched in September 2018, aiming to earn NewcastleGateshead a reputation as the “best place to be young” through engagement of children and young people (aged 0-25) in cultural and creative activity. Lasting 10 years, it provides a strategy and action plan for evolving the way cultural organisations enable children and young people's engagement, how they foster agency and support growth of confidence and skills. Read More

Common Purpose

Common Purpose is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 that develops leaders who can cross boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems both in organizations and in cities. We deliver face-to-face and online leadership programmes for multiple generations of leaders: from students in universities to senior leaders in organizations and society.  Read More

Connected Voice

Connected Voice (formerly Newcastle CVS) is the infrastructure organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and Gateshead, providing a range of support and services to the sector. Read More

Curiosity Creative

Curiosity Creative is a non-profit-distributing social enterprise, dedicated to creating and archiving digital stories made by people in the North East. We're the region's own digital storytelling centre, working with community groups, individuals and private companies, helping them to tell their own stories and record them using sound, images and photographs. Read More

Curious Arts

Curious Arts is a NewcastleGateshead based not-for-profit organisation developing LGBTQ arts, artists and audiences across the North East of England.  Our work celebrates and explores Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Culture through the arts.  We work in partnership with arts, culture and community organisations and every year in July we produce and present Curious Festival. Curious Arts Limited became a Company Limited by Guarantee in April 2017 following a successful pilot festival in 2016, programmed by Executive… Read More

Curious Monkey

Curious Monkey is an international award winning theatre company founded by artistic director Amy Golding. We create outstanding theatre  inspired by people we meet and connections we make in our local community and around the world. We listen to people whose stories are rarely told. Collaborating with a team of award winning artists, we shape these stories into fresh, direct theatre that is rooted in the experiences of the people we work with. Our work shares rarely… Read More

D6 Culture in Transit

We are visual arts producers working with partners, communities and policy makers, to promote the role of artists in the sustainable development of our towns and cities. We have partners in 57 countries, run and collaborate on international projects in Newcastle and across the world. Read More

Dance City

Dance City is a vibrant and friendly place where people come together to take part, enjoy, experience and talk about dance; where professional and aspiring dancers meet, learn and train; somewhere to watch world class dance performances and somewhere for all to come along and get involved in dance. People come to Dance City to socialise, learn new skills, keep fit and active, train professionally and find out more about dance. This all takes place under one… Read More

English Unlocked

English Unlocked is a service which teaches techniques for being understood when speaking to people with Limited English Proficiency. Because interpreters aren't always on hand, and if people are straining to understand us, we should have the skills to meet them half way. Training: An English Unlocked training session provides your staff with techniques for overcoming a language barrier without an interpreter, and the opportunity to practise them in a role play situation which is tailor made to… Read More

Finland: Honorary Consul

The Honorary Consul provides support for Finns living in the North East region, as well as promoting economic and cultural relations between Finland and the North East and strengthening Finland’s image abroad. Read More

Gem Arts

GemArts is a dynamic arts development organisation - we profile and programme new and exciting culturally diverse arts, by creating and developing high quality concerts, events, festivals, workshops and commissions with regional, national and international artists across all art forms. Read More

Germany: Honorary Consul

The Honorary Consul for Germany in Newcastle is Manuela Wendler. Consular services for the North East of England (including residents from Teesside and North Yorkshire) include: authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law, authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates), authentication of copies, applications for the issue of biometric passports. Read More

Ghanaian Children’s Trust

The Ghanaian Childrens Trust is a United Kingdom (UK) based charity working to relieve poverty and distress amongst children and young people in Ghana. The Trust supports particularly, but not exclusively, the young people who are resident at the King Jesus Charity Home in Boadi, Kumasi, Ghana. It aims to provide a secure home and an education for street children, orphans and children from poor families. Some of the children have been orphaned by AIDS, others may… Read More


GIFT is an artist led festival celebrating contemporary theatre. ​Founded in 2011 by Festival Director Kate Craddock, GIFT brings together some of the most exciting theatre makers from across the UK, Europe and wider world for 3 days of festival fun. Combining performances, discussions, workshops and more, GIFT brings artists, audiences and participants together in venues and locations across Gateshead.    Read More

Helix Arts

A team of experienced and talented Creative Producers committed to improving cultural and social inclusion. We are a not for profit creative business. We work with artists, in partnership with other organisations, to create opportunities for people to participate in ambitious arts activity. We work across a range of art forms including visual arts, filmmaking, creative writing, graphic design, animation, street dance, music and DJ-ing as well as photography, drama and textiles. We work with people of… Read More

International Centre for Life

In the past two decades, Life has welcomed an average of 300,000 people a year to its science centre: families, adults and school groups. Groundbreaking research into regenerative medicine and genetics has taken place on site and made international headlines, and hundreds of thousands of people have benefitted from the NHS clinics at Life. Read More

International Newcastle

International Newcastle is a Community Interest Company which facilitates partnership working in the city and with national and international partners to support a more coherent, collaborative approach to internationalism.  We are responsible for driving forward the Our Newcastle Our World international city plan and the priority theme for Newcastle as an international city for children and young people as confident, global citizens. Read More

InterNations Newcastle

InterNations is a global network to help expatriates share tips and advice on living and working abroad. If you're thinking of moving to Newcastle, or are already an expat there, feel free to join our community where our knowledgeable and experienced members will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Read More

Invest Newcastle

Newcastle is great place to invest, it’s the help you’ll receive too. Whether you’re looking for office space, need the inside track on what’s happening in the region, or want to know how to tap into the best talent, we’re here to help. Invest Newcastle helps businesses to locate, expand and flourish here in Newcastle. We provide a range of support services for existing businesses and potential investors, making it easy to realise your ambitions for growth.… Read More

Jafaria Society

The charity is specifically restricted to providing relief to those granted refugee status and those seeking asylum in the North East region of England (the area of benefit) through the provision of a drop in centre to provide training facilities and support services so as to advance them in life and assist them with the adaption within a new community. Read More

JET: Jobs Education and Training North

We are a registered charity and help people from the BME (Black Minority Ethnic) community, asylum seekers, refugees and New Migrant communities to find work, improve their skills and to integrate with the neighbours and understand their new surroundings. Read More

La petite école de Newcastle

Offering classes for children aged 3-15 on Saturday mornings in Heaton, for French speaking families, providing French language and cultural activities. This complementary school is located in at Ravenswood Primary School in the Heaton district of Newcastle upon Tyne (with free parking on site) and is open on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ( see calendar ) for French or French-speaking children living in Newcastle or its surroundings. We currently offer classes for children aged 3… Read More

Latvia: Honorary Consul

Honorary Consul of Latvia to Newcastle: Stephen Gillie, FICS. Latvian Honorary Consuls in the United Kingdom further the development of commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations between Latvia and the United Kingdom. Latvian Honorary Consuls in the United Kingdom do not provide consular services, including the issuance of Schengen visas for travel to Latvia. These services are only provided by the Latvian Embassy in London. Read More

Lazeez Middle Eastern Kitchen

Lazeez, which means “delicious” in Arabic, is a new café and catering business in Newcastle, based at Fenham Library. It is staffed by resettled refugees who have arrived under the Governments Refugee Resettlement Programme. Lazeez aims to support refugees by offering valuable employment skills and experience, developing English language skills and supporting integration into the local community, whilst also providing a business that offers high quality middle eastern food. Read More

Let’s Circus

We are a performing circus, event programmers, educational facilitators and production company. We are the local agency for contemporary circus performers, street artists and variety entertainment in the northern half of the UK and we know the industry from the inside. Our aim is to bring happiness to audiences through fantastic performances. Through our extensive links with the global industry and touring international companies, we have exclusive access to artists to bring to our projects. We're also… Read More


With Linguacuisine you can learn new languages while you cook delicious meals from all around the world.  The Linguacuisine project promotes learning of digital literacy, languages, cuisines and cultures. It does this through co-design of downloadable apps and social recipes, using an authoring tool to develop an online community of practice. We are aiming for widespread adoption of these learning materials with a focus on social inclusion. Download the app for free for recipes available in: English, Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Catalan, Turkish,… Read More

MAD Foundation

MAD Foundation’s overall objective is to enable community development projects in Africa and throughout the developing world. At its core is the desire to assist with sustainable programmes, which are not funded from central government, aimed at improving the quality of life for impoverished indigenous communities with an emphasis on children, education and health. Our charitable objective is: 'To advance education and aid in the relief of poverty in any part of the world' Read More

Monkfish Productions

Monkfish Productions CIO is a small arts charity with a big passion for making work with artists. Based in Newcastle upon-Tyne in the North East of England, we bring live experiences to spaces, find new ways of talking to audiences, and our work (usually) goes beyond the boundaries of any given genre. Read More

N.E.S.T North East Solidarity and Teaching

North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T)  is a multi-award winning and internationally-recognised student-led project at Newcastle University Students Union (NUSU) that is managed by Go Volunteer. N.E.S.T empowers the refugee and asylum-seeking community in the region through a variety of formats such as one-to-one English teaching, group English classes, sports, creative arts and trips into the local area. Read More


Geordie French Storyteller Extraordinaire.  Nathalie Paris is Nattalingo. I  provide support to schools and pupils for French language learning - teaching, training, storytelling, football in French, language days. Provides free resources through podcast, videos, book blog and posts. For those in the North East of England, runs free termly training/supportive meet ups as a volunteer for the Association for Language Learning. Read More

Ndi-Igbo North East England (NINEE)

NINEE is an association of the Igbo people (Ndi-Igbo) who live in the North East of England and provides opportunities for social interaction of its members; giving back to the North East community through celebrating and sharing of Igbo cultural values towards a cohesive society. We also promote mutual support for members through common difficulties presented by living as migrants in diaspora, who have limited extended family support. Read More

NE England Chamber of Commerce

We are North East England's largest member organisation, representing around 3,000 businesses. From SMEs to multi-nationals, we bring business people together across a range of member events. We ensure they get access to the best possible support. Our members share conversations, experience and connections. We come together to influence and expand the world we do business in. For over 200 years, we’ve been helping businesses and individuals grow their network, knowledge, influence and reach. Read More

Newcastle Ambassadors

The Newcastle Ambassador Programme directly supports work to encourage inward investment, stimulate local pride and attract and retain talent in Newcastle. Our Ambassadors raise the profile of the city region, either by adopting and using specially created messaging and tools in their existing activity (meetings, conferences, media interviews, blogs and thought leadership) or by responding to requests to represent Newcastle at key opportunities identified and proposed by the Ambassador Programme team. Read More

Newcastle Chinese School

Newcastle Chinese School is a charity and the largest and oldest Chinese school in the North East of England, offering both Mandarin (‘Pu Tong Hua’) classes and Cantonese classes of various levels from beginner to GSCE and A-Level standards. Read More

Newcastle City of Sanctuary

Newcastle City of Sanctuary is part of a network of towns and cities throughout the country that are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the lives of their communities. We have a partnership which provides a range of services for refugees and asylum seekers. Read More

Newcastle College – International

Newcastle College offers courses from undergraduate and postgraduate level to students from around the world and has an award winning International Office, which guides and supports students from initial interest to application and enrolment, then throughout their study. Our international student population comprises over 60 different nationalities, enriching the student body and local community. Read More

Newcastle Mandarin Chinese School

The aims of the Newcastle Mandarin Chinese School are to advance the education of Chinese culture and language to the public and the local community. Although most of the children are primarily of Chinese ethnic origin, the school also welcome children from other cultural backgrounds. Read More

Newcastle Mela

30th and 31st August 2020, Exhibition Park, Newcastle: The Mela is a free event, based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures. The event is open to all public and encourages an audience from a variety of backgrounds to attend its annual grand festival. It is a true display of diversity within Newcastle upon Tyne.  People come from far and wide to: learn; be entertained; enjoy cuisine; dance to new music; experience fine art and cultures… Read More

Newcastle University Students’ Union – Societies

For Students at Newcastle University: Want to meet likeminded people, and fill your social calendar with some great events? Join one of our Societies! With over 160 societies and over 50 with an international and/or cultural focus, there are lots to choose from. Read More

NewcastleGateshead Initiative

NewcastleGateshead Initiative is the destination management and marketing agency for NewcastleGateshead; a public private partnership supported by Gateshead Council and Newcastle City Council, working with around 170 private sector partner organisations across NewcastleGateshead and the wider region. Read More

Newcastles of the World

Newcastles of the World is a friendship alliance that brings together in a single network towns and cities that share the name “Newcastle” in their own language. It aims to build friendship between people and organisations in different Newcastles, to further understanding of different countries and cultures through its activities, to develop projects of mutual benefit and to share best practice in areas of common interest so that we can learn from each other. Read More

North East Arabic Language Academy

The North East Arabic Language Academy offers a wide range of courses and qualifications for adults and children in the Arabic language. It offers taster sessions for schools. It also provides training, translation and proofreading services and can offer examiners for qualifications in Arabic. Read More

North East Chinese Association

The North East Chinese Association is a non-profit cultural and educational institution, is dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in the global and local communities. We are devoted to promoting engagement, understanding and cooperation between the Chinese community with the North East of England. Read More

North of England Refugee Service

The North of England Refugee Service was established in 1989. It is an independent and charitable organisation which exists to meet the needs and promote the interests of asylum seekers and refugees who have arrived or have settled in the North of England. Read More

Northern Pride

We are your LGBT+ charity, working to support, engage and assist the North East gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Through our yearly programme of events and outreach work, we champion the pride cause across the North East region and beyond. Our new mission is clear. To Promote, Provide and Protect. You can learn more about our mission and what we do here. 17-19th July 2020, Newcastle:  Hosting UK Pride shines a beacon on a Pride and makes it… Read More

Northern Stage

Northern Stage is the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England. You'll find us opposite Newcastle University's Student Union, where we present new and dynamic work as well as playing host to up-and-coming, innovative theatre makers. There's so much on offer for everyone: shows, workshops, read-throughs, talks, or even just having a brew in McKenna's cafe! Read More

Northumbria University Students’ Union – Societies

We have more than 100 societies at NSU that you can Get Involved in, from Snow Sports to LGBT*, Maths to Afro-Caribbean and everything in between, there really is something for everyone. And if you can’t see a society that suits you, you can set up your own. It’s as easy as that.  By getting Involved with NSU Societies you’ll be able to make loads of new friends, go abroad, learn new skills or perhaps do things… Read More

Norway: Honorary Consul

Honorary Consul of Norway in Newcastle: The Hon Nigel Westwood and Vice Consul: Grethe Haga Blacklock provide a range of services for Norwegian citizens living in the North of England: Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Cleveland, North, West & South Yorkshire, Cumbria and Humberside. Open Monday to Friday 9.30am-2pm Read More

Open Clasp Theatre Company

Our aim is to Change the World, One Play at a Time by placing theatre at the heart of transforming the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. We are an award-winning women’s theatre company and a leading force in the North of England with a national and international reach. We make truthful, risk-taking and award-winning theatre informed by the lived experiences of women disenfranchised in theatre and society, those from minority communities and women affected by the… Read More

Pakistan Cultural Society

The Pakistan Cultural Society was founded in 1993 with the aim of providing an intercultural forum that would promote South Asian traditional and contemporary arts and cultures. Over the years, it has managed to bring together diverse audiences which have helped to break down the conventional boundaries and cultural barriers. It offers a platform for cross-racial, cross-cultural and cross-social creative dialogue in arts and education. Read More

Rattan Lal Jain Foundation

The Rattan Lal Jain Foundation is a charitable organisation funded by the Jain family and the generosity of benefactors. Established by Rattan Lal Jain, the Foundation's mission is to advance education and opportunity for children born into poverty in the developing world. Activities include: Building and developing schools; Maintaining schools and developing facilities; Awarding grants (scholarships); Developing Access to school in India Read More

Recyke y’bike

Recyke Y'Bike is a charity and transport company that runs a busy bike reuse and recycling project. They sell refurbished bikes and parts, run bike maintenance and cycle training classes and Dr. Bike sessions. They also very generously send bulk deliveries of bikes for us to shipping to Africa where they are refurbished in the training workshops and passed on to health projects for doctors, nurses and midwives to reach otherwise inaccessible villages. (Also sometimes Afghanistan and Romania.) Read More

Regional Refugee Forum North East

We are an independent membership organisation, created in 2004 by and for the region’s Refugee-led Community Organisations (RCOs) to deliver the Collective Voice of the region’s refugee and asylum seeker community. Our central aim is for this Collective Voice to influence Policy and Practice so as to promote equality and improve the lives of all refugees and asylum seekers living in the North East of England. Read More

Sage Gateshead

Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located on the banks of the River Tyne. It is for artists, for audiences and for the North. Every year we welcome more than two million visitors. More than 400 concerts featuring all kinds of local, regional and international music, take place all year round. Music-making and learning activity takes place not only in the building but across the region, with 190,000 people of… Read More