Gateshead International Festival of Theatre


GIFT is an artist led festival celebrating contemporary theatre. 

Founded in 2011 by Festival Director Kate Craddock, GIFT brings together some of the most exciting theatre makers from across the UK, Europe and wider world for 3 days of festival fun.

Combining performances, discussions, workshops and more, GIFT brings artists, audiences and participants together in venues and locations across Gateshead.   

GIFT strives to present artists and events that wouldn't otherwise be programmed in the region.

What we do

an international festival

GIFT programmes performances by some of the most exciting artists working across the UK, Europe and the wider world, offering north east audiences the opportunity to experience a festival with a fully international flavour. Since 2011, GIFT has presented work by artists from Spain, Germany, North America, South Korea, The Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa and many more!


 GIFT includes performances in locations where you least expect them, allowing audiences to interact with GIFT without ever entering a theatre venue.

From performances in the metro station, the parks, disused shops on Gateshead High Street, and down by the river, GIFT can be found all over Gateshead, connecting Gateshead quays with the town centre and residential areas.

"GIFT is such a good thing for Gateshead"

(audience member)

brings artists and audiences together 

GIFT includes a range of opportunities for artists and audiences to come together for exchange, dialogue and development. 

Whether you take part in a workshop, a discussion event, or have chat over a drink in the bar, artists and audiences at GIFT come together to form a phenomenal festival community!