Newcastle-Gateshead will host the Great Exhibition of the North, culture secretary Karen Bradley revealed today.
The exhibition will showcase the great creative, cultural and design sectors in the city and across the whole of the North of England.
The government is contributing £5m towards the exhibition itself and a further £15m into a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the Northern Powerhouse.
Newcastle-Gateshead faced strong competition from a number of other bidding towns and cities, including the three other shortlisted bidders: Blackpool, Bradford and Sheffield.
The Tyneside bid was declared the winner on the recommendation of the Great Exhibition Board chaired by Sir Gary Verity.
Karen Bradley said: “The Great Exhibition of the North is fantastic news for Newcastle-Gateshead.
“It will showcase the dynamic arts, cultural and design scenes in the city and across the whole of the north.
“It’s so important that, regardless of where you’re from in the country, everyone is able to enjoy and access great culture.
“This cultural investment will bring enormous benefits to the region, including regeneration, increased tourism and cultural engagement.
“Congratulations to Newcastle-Gateshead on their successful bid - I’m excited to see what summer 2018 will bring.”
The Great Exhibition of the North will take place in Summer 2018 and will celebrate the creativity of Northern England, help boost investment and tourism in the region and leave a lasting cultural legacy.