One of the regional attractions is the Sage Gateshead complex, which is a centre for performances, musical education and conferences. The stainless steel and curved glass building offers picturesque views of the surrounding area.
The complex was envisaged as a centre for musical performance, including the genres of folk, jazz, classical, indie, acoustic, electronic, world, country and dance. Practice areas for professional and amateur musicians as well as students were a significant part of the plan. The development and construction costs of the centre were met largely through National Lottery funds, with contributions from an array of patrons, notably the Sage Group. The Sage Gateshead is also a popular venue for major conferences.
The central aspect of the building consists of three custom-built music halls, each located in a separate building. Hall One was designed to feature perfect acoustics, inspired by Vienna’s famed Musikverein. Hall Two is not as large, and has a unique ten-sided layout. The concourse of the building was created to be ideal for informal music making. Underneath is the Music Education Centre where community music sessions, workshops and instrumental instruction are conducted.
The centre is open to the public right through the day, and visitors may observe workshops, rehearsals and soundchecks as they are being conducted. There are also a café, five bars and several interactive areas for the entertainment of visitors.
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