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Sunderland Culture House

A vibrant, dynamic and engaging space for all

Culture House will sit at the heart of Riverside Sunderland, providing a vibrant, dynamic and engaging space for residents and visitors. It will be your living room, free and open for everyone across Sunderland - whether you are a young family, a growing business, a young person, student or anyone of any age. 

Culture House will be more than a landmark building, it will recognise the city's rich history and heritage, while inspiring a passion for learning and knowledge. It will be a place of  ambition, making and creativity, stimulating a love of reading for all ages and offering you incredible opportunities to try new technologies, meet authors and artists and find out more about what's going on in Sunderland. It will be a 21st century library, a changing creative space with a warm welcome, great coffee and inspiring spaces both inside and outside for relaxing, meeting and getting involved in a whole range of events and activities.

Watch our video to find out more about the plans for Culture House:

Find us across Sunderland

We will also have pop up sessions where you can find out more about Culture House at the following locations:

City Library @ Museum & Winter Gardens
Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP   
Tuesday 25 May, 1-4pm

Houghton Library
74 Newbottle Street, Houghton, Sunderland DH4 4AF
Wednesday 26 May, 10am-1pm

Silksworth Community Pool
Tennis and Wellness Centre, Silksworth Lane, Sunderland SR3 1PD
Wednesday 26 May, 4-7pm and Thursday 27 May, 4-7pm

Washington Town Centre Library
Independence Square, Washington, Sunderland NE38 7RZ
Thursday 27 May, 10am-1pm 

More opportunities to tell us your thoughts and ideas

You can also find out more about Culture House at online workshops on the following dates:

Monday 7 June, 12-1pm. Registration is free through our Eventbrite page.

Monday 7 June, 7-8pm. Registration is free through our Eventbrite page.

Saturday 12 June, 10-11am. Registration is free through our Eventbrite page.

These are open to all members of the public.

Culture House Hub engagement sessions are run by Counterculture on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

We want to hear your ideas and thoughts on Culture House as plans begin to take shape. If you would like to share your view, or register for our Culture House mailing list, please email

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