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This year, the Bupa Great North Run will reach its one millionth finish - a world first for an event of its kind.

On Thursday 4 September, the NewcastleGateshead Quayside and the River Tyne will be transformed into a huge outdoor arena for the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, marking the start of the official countdown to the 1 millionth finish of the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday 7 September in South Shields.

Through new writing, mass choreography, live music - including a performance by Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, a giant floating sculpture, video mapping onto the Sage Gateshead, pyrotechnics, a specially commissioned film and more, the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony will tell the incredible story of the North East - a story of innovators in industry, sport and technology, of ordinary people working together to achieve extraordinary things - inspired by the energy of a million runners powering Tyneside’s past and future. 

Take part

We're looking for hundreds of volunteer performers to play a major part in the event. Forming a giant circuit around the Quayside, the mass cast will perform at key moments during the show, surrounding the audience and bringing the story to life.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in an ambitious, one of a kind spectacle; a truly life-changing experience.

No experience is required – we're looking for anyone and everyone to come and represent the North East! Whether you’re a trained dancer, enjoy the occasional disco, or have never tapped your foot to a beat – you’re more than welcome.


Tickets are now on sale for the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony through Ticket Master.

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £7 for children (aged 12 and under). 


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