“What a Mind Blowing theatrical moment”
– The Scotsman, Berwick Festival Opera 2015
The Maltings programmes a diverse mix of live performances, classes and digital cinema targeting the people of Berwick-upon Tweed and a regional catchment of 40,000 across the eastern Scottish Borders and North Northumberland.
Each year we aim to programme a minimum of 180 live events, 300 cinema screenings, and 150 classes and workshops, serving a crucial role as the venue where local people come together for celebrations, escape, challenge and inspiration, and great entertainment.
Our live programme
covers popular music, theatre, dance, opera, classical music and author events, as well as community productions, our award-winning youth theatre and – a real highlight of Berwick’s cultural calendar – our larger-than-life professional Panto for three weeks every December.
In recent years, the introduction of digital cinema
screening has helped us provide a local big Screen experience showing family films, the latest blockbusters, restored classics and arthouse releases – as well as large scale live performances from The National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, Glyndebourne and more. The Maltings is also home to the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Berwick Visual Arts
was created in 2012 to provide high quality visual arts exhibitions, projects, events and residencies for the region, and beyond; it works closely with the Berwick Preservation Trust
to operate and programme the Granary Gallery (Dewar’s Lane) throughout the year, as well as English Heritage
to operate the Gymnasium Gallery (Berwick Barracks) between April and October. Artists’ residences are delivered in partnership with Newcastle University and the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. BVA is an initiative managed by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust, which also manages The Maltings venue on Eastern Lane.
he Maltings works closely with Northumberland Arts Development (NAD)
throughout the year.
NAD provides support and advice to arts initiatives and organisations across the county to strengthen the sector and maximise opportunities for everyone to access excellent art and culture. It’s a strategic partnership between Hexham Book Festival, Berwick Visual Arts, The Maltings, Queens Hall Arts, Museum and Archives Northumberland (Woodhorn), and Alnwick Playhouse - and is funded by Active Northumberland and Arts Council England.
On behalf of NAD, Berwick Visual Arts leads on visual arts development that supports increased engagement and participation by young people across Northumberland, working closely with schools and other key education and youth networks. The Maltings also supports the countywide NAD dance development programme of projects, residencies and showcases, and we are delighted to be hosting Pulse
, the Northumberland Youth Dance Platform, for the first time in March 2017.
, we partner with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
to provide wider regional partnerships and support for new on-screen work throughout the year. Berwick Film Society
provides community champions for specialist programming including foreign language films, and we work closely with the Independent Cinema Office
to deliver our mainstream year round programme.
we work closely with established community groups, such as Berwick Operatic Society
and Spittal Variety Group
, and also local companies dedicated to new writing, such as the Tideline Runners
. We also host the Tweed Music Centre
and a community choral group, plus U3A activities.
We regularly work with major performing UK companies, such as Royal Northern Sinfonia
, Scottish Ballet
, Northern Ballet
, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
, Hebrides Ensemble
and The Yehudi Menuhin School
We launched Berwick Festival Opera
in 2014 in partnership with Newcastle-based Rocket Opera
, to provide small scale opera of the very highest quality produced and created within the region.
We work in partnership with regional venues on Bridging The Gap
, which supports new writing and performance opportunities for emerging talent across the North East. We provide strategic support for both visual arts and dance development across the county on behalf of Northumberland County Council.