The BBC has announced a partnership to support the Great Exhibition of the North across its radio, TV and online services.
The event, which runs from 22 June to 9 September, takes place in Newcastle and Gateshead and encompasses a programme of exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and various other experiences.
Sunderland-born Lauren Laverne will broadcast her BBC Radio 6 Music show live from the Sage Gateshead, while Blue Peter, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and BBC Radio 5 live will also be heading to the event.
Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, said: “The Great Exhibition of the North promises to be a fantastic celebration of culture, creativity and innovation across the north. We’ve made a huge commitment to the north in recent years, and it really matters to us.
“Through this partnership we can showcase the best of the north and bring the excitement of the Great Exhibition to every household.
“We are committed to bringing more of our content to audiences in the north of England, and I’m thrilled that we will have a mix of news, current affairs, sport and music broadcasting live from the Great Exhibition of the North.”
BBC Look North and BBC Newcastle will also provide extensive coverage of the event.
Sir Gary Verity, Chairman of the Great Exhibition of the North, said: “Our 80-day programme will highlight many of the innovations and inventions from the north that are changing how we live now and in the future. Towns and cities will also be hosting events and experiences as part of our ‘Inspired By’ programme giving the Exhibition a true northern flavour.”