Conjured from the mind of Danny Lowe (The Danny Kebabs) with help from author Richard Milward and mima’s Gavin Jasinek-Smith, LIKE will be a day-long festival of positivity, music, art and conversation celebrating the outsiders and insiders of Teesside with an array of diverse turns: Patrick Monaghan (comedy), Matt Abbott (poetry), Richard Milward (literature), Yussef Nimer World Music & Soul (music), and many more to be announced.
When it comes to dealing with outsiders, perhaps the most notorious story from our region is the fisherfolk of Hartlepool hanging a monkey during the Napoleonic Wars after mistaking it for a French spy. Our hope it to overturn this narrative and draw attention to how, on a number of occasions through history, the people of Teesside have been especially welcome to outsiders. From the state-style funeral held for Mohawk medicine man Moses Carpenter, to the support for the North Korean football team of 1966, the reciprocal love between Juninho and our townsfolk, to the feverish hunger for those Italianate delicacies the parmo and Lemon Top, and not least the original migrant workers that made Middlesbrough a boom town in the mid 19th Century, our region has accommodated a medley of different folks and cultures through its lifespan. True enough, there were no indigenous smoggies. LIKE aims to celebrate this.
Above all, this is a party - a big Boro cuddle. An all-day-and-night, all-welcome extravaganza of music, art, film, literature, comedy, sound and vision, inspired by the sound and visionary characters of Teesside that have made the place what it is, in all its uniqueness and unconventionality.
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