Practical Advice for the North East Peoples Assembly

The number of registrations currently stands at well over 400. There have been more than 60 registrations just in the last 2 days, so please let people know they need to book ASAP to be guaranteed a place!
Doors open at 10am on Saturday and the morning plenary session is at 10.30am, so you can turn up at Northern Stage any time from 10am onwards. If you have printed your ticket that’s great, but if not you will still get in – we will have copies of the list of all attendees on the registration desk. If you don’t have a ticket your hand will be stamped so you can get in to the workshop sessions later.
If you are arriving at a later time during the day, please check in at our registration desk (Northern Stage entrance). DON’T go straight to a workshop room, even if you have a ticket. This is important so we can have an entirely accurate record of attendance.
Printed programmes, including such information as workshop options and venues, will be available (free of charge) from the registration desk on the day.
The registration desk is also where you will be asked to leave your contact details for one of the local groups – e.g. Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham – we are establishing. This means we can contact you about an upcoming People’s Assembly meeting in your area.

Please remember that pre-booking is essential for 2 of the workshops. Email if you want to attend either the 11.45am workshop on the effects of austerity on individual lives or the 2pm workshop on using culture to protest against cuts. Both of these sessions are in the Hatton Gallery and numbers are limited to 25 for each session.

For all other workshop sessions: the rooms are of a decent size, but please arrive on time or slightly early to be absolutely sure of getting in. Remember you can see the full programme here:
Lunch is 1-2pm. There is also the time between the afternoon plenary ending (4.30pm) and the evening show starting (6.30pm) to eat. During both these time slots there are a number of places in our complex of venues – Northern Stage, Newcastle University Students Union and Hatton Gallery – selling food and drink. Alternatively, you can bring your own food.
Accessibility: All our venues are fully accessible and the Northern Stage auditorium also has hearing loops. If you are a disabled participant or caring for a disabled participant, you’re welcome to email to let us know which workshops you are planning on attending and what your needs are. Anyone who is accompanying a disabled participant attends for free.
The evening show is recommended for 16+ as it contains some strong language. Attendance by under-16s is a matter of parental discretion.
Northern Stage bar will be serving drinks prior to the evening show, during the interval and after the show ends. If you have the stamina you are encouraged to go on to World Headquarters, 11pm-3am, for the anti-racist and People’s Assembly-supporting English Disco Lovers, who are hosting what promises to be a great club night.
Finally, the income from ticket sales – plus a number of trade union donations – will cover the considerable costs of organising this event. However, we need money to fund future People’s Assembly campaigning activities. We will therefore be doing a collection at the end of the afternoon plenary session and again in the evening show. Please give whatever you can afford.
Alex Snowdon

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22, Media Production Graduate (Sunderland Uni) from Hebburn, South Tyneside. North East Peoples Assembly and Coalition of Resistance Media & Communications Officer. Active in Hebburn South Labour Party. Admin of this blog, opinionated is putting it mildly. NUFC fan. Follow me @farmerg13
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