One weekend in October, Newcastle City Futures took over Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books for a weekend of Big Draw Festival activities which encouraged children and families to design and build their future city.

 More than 500 people visited Seven Stories and built homes, cultural, sports and science venues, businesses, hotels, transport systems, power stations and several bridges. In fact, the children organically created pretty much everything you’d need in a future city.

The event formed part of the 2016 STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival which aims to inspire illustrators everywhere to explore creative innovation, enterprise, digital technologies and the arts through drawing.

Academic Lead Rachel Pattinson


  • Academia: Newcastle University, Northumbria University
  • Public and voluntary sectors: Seven Stories

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