Details of the opening day celebrations for the Great Exhibition of the North, taking place in Newcastle from June 22 –September 9, have been revealed.

The spectacular start to the 80-day exhibition will feature an 80-metre long water fountain in the River Tyne that will reach the height of the Tyne Bridge. The dramatic display has been specially commissioned for the Great Exhibition of the North and is being created by Water Sculptures, showcasing the collaboration between industry and art that runs through the entire programme.

Inspired by The Angel of the North, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018, three newly commissioned music compositions will provide a soundtrack to the water fountain and each one will premier June 22.

The Get North opening event will also give visitors a chance to experience content exploring northern art, design and innovation in the Great Exhibition hubs and trails. These locations will remain open until dusk as visitors are drawn to the Quayside for the opening event, which will reveal major Great Exhibition of the North pieces.

Sir Gary Verity, chair of the Great Exhibition of the North, commented: “Our Get North opening event will set the tone for what is going to be an outstanding summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences.

“We’ve brought together innovative northern technologies and world class artists and performers to showcase the best art and culture, design and innovation from right across the north of England. Perfect for all the family, the Great Exhibition of the North will be the event to experience in 2018.”

The full 80-day Great Exhibition of the North programme will be unveiled early this year.