North East Social Enterprise Festival 2016 at Sage, Gateshead
The Sage Gateshead was the host of the second North East Social Enterprise Festival on Saturday October 29th.
Although the majority of Social Entrepreneurs operate and trade for the benefit of communities in the North East (so when they profit, our society profits) there are many internationally known brands operating for global good and we look forward to welcoming them to the North East.
On October 28th, 2015 Newcastle Race Course was the venue for the first ever North East Social Enterprise Festival. The Festival was a celebration of the breadth and growth of this sector.
Every activity, product and service available was provided by a Social Enterprise. Even the fantastic logo was the result of the wonderfully creative team at Alpha Communications, a worker’s cooperative and a social enterprise.
The event was made possible through the coordinated efforts of Social Enterprise Acumen CIC, Keepmoat, Your Homes Newcastle, UNW and Virgin Money amongst others. The Festival had numerous displays of the benefits of collaborative efforts and a fantastic array of creative ways to combat social problems. Puppets, robots, stilt walkers, drummers, artists, IT geeks, bakers and business skills were all being displayed. The Festival provided a platform for social entrepreneurs to demonstrate the tools they use to fulfil their desires to make their community better.
Press Release – NESEF 2015 Case Studies
Hive Radio – Community Arts Project North East
Hive Radio was at the North East Social Enterprise Festival 2016 to broadcast live from the event. They spoke to stall holders as well as representatives of the organisers of the event – Social Enterprise Acumen and The Sage. There was live entertainment on throughout the day and you will be able to hear some of this in the background of the interviews.