446bbconeBBC Religion and Ethics is planning a hugely ambitious community event in the North East to mark Good Friday 2014, to be broadcast live on BBC One throughout the UK. From the seafront of South Shields in the North-East of England, the BBC in partnership with The Cultural Spring* will undertake an ambitious re-telling of the Passion story for BBC One on Good Friday 2014 (18th April). An Easter staple, the Passion play is a dramatic depiction of the last moments of Jesus’ life and is traditionally staged in an outside setting with the involvement of the local community. In the months leading up to the one-hour live event and broadcast, a number of shipping containers will be housed within communities across the North-East. From Sunderland to Northumberland each container will have an associated artist who will transform the giant steel box into a work of art, reflecting both the spirit of the community in which it is situated as well as coming to represent one of the Stations of the Cross. The containers will then be joined together in Bents Park, South Shields to form a huge cross-shaped installation by which a live public can experience the story of the Passion, from Christ’s trial and suffering to his eventual death. The announcement was made on Friday 10th January 2014 across the BBC and other media. A new report is here. This project is centred in the heart of Durham Diocese and we are involved in the media planning and the various aspects of the art installations. If you have a project or art group that might be able or willing to get involved please contact the Diocesan Communication Adviser Keith Blundy on 07900 583131 or communications@durham.anglican.org  

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