The Sunderland Music, Arts & Culture Trust

Sunderland's Music, Arts and Culture Quarter Proposal
Artist's impression of the Auditorium
The 'Cultural Spring'

Established in 2012, the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust has the objective of being a catalyst, developer and promoter of cultural activities within the city. It aims to bring together people with ability, talent and ambition who share a vision for Sunderland's future as a vibrant, creative and exciting place where the arts, music and culture flourish.

It seeks to encourage people of all ages and all backgrounds to participate in cultural activities such as playing an instrument, learning to dance, act or sing or creating literature or poetry. We also want to help build audiences for the arts and culture performances here in Sunderland.

The Trust sees the digital revolution that has been created through new technology and the Internet as an amazing opportunity allowing new forms of creativity and providing ways of reaching existing and new audiences.


The Trust will seek to develop the infrastructure and venues needed for this cultural renaissance in the city and help to build organisations and capacity within the sector.

The Sunderland MAC Trust is delighted to be part of the successful bid by Sunderland to be one of the home ports for the prestigious “Tall Ships Races” in 2018.

In July 2018 the Tall Ships fleet will create a stunning spectacle on the banks of the River Wear and within the prestigious Port of Sunderland.

The event will take place from Wednesday 11th July to Saturday 14th July and there will be numerous activities and attractions around the city for everyone to enjoy, absorbing visitors in a festival of culture that celebrates both the city's maritime heritage and cultural renaissance.

The ships will be open for free public access at set times, many ships will host exclusive deck events for which tickets may be purchased, or entire deck events may be booked.

The event promises to be a spectacle from start to finish with key elements that include a Crew Parade and stunning Parade of Sail.

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