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Let's Caper@CityHall

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The Caper, the popular mini-festival takeover of iconic buildings in the North East, is coming to Sunderland. In what is believed to be a world first for a civic centre, Sunderland's new City Hall will host the inaugural Let's Caper@CityHall on Friday April 5th, from 7pm to midnight.

Let's Caper@CityHall

Set up to showcase a whole range of local and regional creative and cultural talent, each Caper programme includes great local food and bars, five bands, four comedians, dance lessons, DJs, live art, and an artisan night market: all in one night and all under one roof.

A packed programme on April 5th will see The Futureheads headlining the music line-up playing in a transformed-for-the-night Council Chamber. They will be supported by the brilliant up-and-coming Sunderland singer songwriters Lottie WillisIsabel MariaLily Mac, and Sara Leilah, each playing a set.

The best of North East comedy will be hosted upstairs by the ever-brilliant Alfie Joey, with Steffen Peddie and Sunderland's own Nick Cranston and Alex Redman keeping the laughs coming across the evening. Once they're done, laughs of a different sort will continue as the room transforms into a silent disco for the rest of the night, with people dancing together to different playlists!

And if dancing's your thing, you're in luck as before the bands come on the Council Chamber will be the venue for Michael Jackson dance lessons provided by Sunderland's EL Dance Studio. Director, Matthew Bourne-trained Emily Lewis said, "think learning to moon dance and the moves from Smooth Criminal, and Bad! People love learning something new and learning a new dance with a big group is just so much fun. We can't wait for the Caper."

The evening will also see Pop Rec's all vinyl DJ set playing out in City Hall's fabulous glass and steel atrium, and don't be surprised if, as well as the individual dancers, there's some Sunderland College-inspired more coordinated moves: think flashmobs perhaps!

Along with all this entertainment under one roof, there will also be some of the best street food the North East has to offer, a range of bars providing quality local drinks, and a great selection of independent artisan and vintage traders and artists with unique, Sunderland-made items for sale.

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