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Volunteer performers rehearse on the Quayside
Fancy being part of the spectacular Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony? Join the cast of volunteer performers - no experience necessary!
Chase and Status
Local Hero Mark Knopfler will be joined by multi-platinum selling electronic music duo Chase and Status and Mercury Music Prize nominees The Unthanks at the North East’s most spectacular event of the year.
The Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony on the Thursday 4th of September will also feature narration from local actress Jill Halfpenny and will celebrate a momentous world first, the Bupa Great North Run becoming the first running event in the world to reach a landmark one millionth finish.
Mark Knopfler by Fabio Lovino
"Local Hero" and rock legend Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits will perform as the opening act at the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony on September 4th. Tickets are now on sale at
Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony graphic by Tal Rosner
This year, the Bupa Great North Run will be the first event of its kind in the world to reach its one millionth finish.
On Thursday 4 September, the NewcastleGateshead Quayside and the River Tyne will be transformed into a huge outdoor arena for an Opening Ceremony, marking the start of the official countdown to the 1 millionth finish of the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday 7 September.
Exciting news – our annual Moving Image Commission opens today!
The Great North Run Moving Image Commission awards an experienced artist or film-maker £30,000 to create a new work which responds to and captures the spirit of one of the world’s top sporting events. The new work is premiered in the North East in September every year as part of Great North Run Culture, with an extract screened on the BBC during their live coverage of the Run.
In the Long Run exhibition credit Colin Davison
Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’re looking for a Programme Manager and a Project Officer to join our team.

The two new posts will develop and deliver our yearlong programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate the millionth finish of the Great North Run, in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.
Great North Run - credit North News & Pictures
This September, the Great North Run will be the first event of its kind in the world to reach its millionth finish, ahead of London, New York and Berlin. A celebration is in order!

We’re really excited to announce a grant of over £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support an ambitious programme of special events and exhibitions which will explore and celebrate the North East's sporting and industrial heritage.
Hal Branson working with Hotspur Primary to make All You Need is Glove
We start 2014 with the news that Melanie Manchot’s Tracer (commissioned for our 2013 programme) will be featured in her upcoming solo exhibition at Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales. Plus Paul Smith talks #GNRC on BBC Radio 2, Hotspur Primary make a film inspired by Tracer and we look forward the 1 millionth finish of the Great North Run in September.
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