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Sweet success for Toffee Factory as part of The Late Shows

May 19, 2012

As people enjoyed late night culture at Newcastle and Gateshead’s The Late Shows last night,  over 2000 took the opportunity to be amongst the first to visit Ouseburn’s newest creative space, the Toffee Factory.

Visitors to the Toffee Factory joined in a vintage tea party, were entertained by music by Lady Koo and the Kooky Kitchen and took tours of the former sweet factory, which has been recently converted into offices for digital and creative businesses. The Toffee Factory also turned its distinctive 30 metre high chimney into a giant glowstick, the symbol of Newcastle and Gateshead’s after hours culture crawl.

The weekend forms part of the international ‘Museums at Night’ events, in which museums and cultural venues are open late and free for the public, take place across the UK that weekend and also across Europe.

Lisa Tolan, Centre Manager of Toffee Factory, for Creative Space Management said:

“Toffee Factory has amazing lighting and looks stunning at night, and what better way than turning our chimney into a giant glowstick as part Newcastle and Gateshead’s late night culture event, The Late Shows.  Visitors enjoyed guided tours to find out about the redevelopment of the former Maynards factory, admired the amazing views from our building’s roof terrace and listened to music at our Vintage Tea Party. We look forward to doing it again on Saturday night.”

Bill Griffiths, Project Manager of the Late Shows added:

“This year we have more venues taking part in The Late Shows than ever before and we are delighted to have the Toffee Factory on board for the very first time. This is the first time that The Late Shows logo has been projected onto a building on such a large scale.”

The Toffee Factory is open during the Late Shows 7-11pm Friday 18 and again on Saturday 19 May, with free guided tours and a Vintage Tea Party with music from Lady Koo and the Kooky Kitchen. The Late Shows (www.thelateshows.org.uk) is the UK’s largest and most established event delivered as part the international ‘Museums at Night’ festival, which takes place across Europe.


 

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