A Supernova Before the Darkness
Our first interaction with the Star and Shadow was when we helped organise ‘King of the Howman’ (now a Newcastle skate scene institution).
First question: Who’s in charge? Second question: Can we build a skate ramp in the corridor? Answers: ‘no one’s in charge’ and ‘Yeah, sure’.
Over the years they’ve tightened their health and safety policy, but not lost this anarchy that’s at the heart of the organisation. The Star and Shadow Cinema is synonymous with the D.I.Y. attitude that permeates the Ouseburn, but unfortunately after over 7 years in their home opposite the Tanners they’re moving.
Keeping it in the Ouseburn
We could be sad that they’re not going to be in their original home any more, but the Star and Shadow is an idea, it can not be defined by a physical building and besides if you love something you should set it free.
This philosophical attitude is made considerably easier as we have it on good authority that they’re staying in the Ouseburn area, moving into a considerably bigger building with an exciting cross-art spaces and a more secure future.
We can see the Star and Shadow from our window and they’re not planning on going out with a whimper, sneak peaks inside suggest they’re knocking though into the old Artworks creating a huge space worthy of the final blowout.
The event is free, but bringing some folding money to donate as they’ll need plenty of cash to build their new home.
Star and Shadow blowout party: Saturday 28th February 7pm-5am
Find the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/373339072846050
Organised by party queen Kitty Hedley as well as the hordes of the volunteers that have been responsible for the cinemas success, this is guaranteed to be one not to be missed. See you there!