SUNDERLAND’s leading shopping centre will be showcasing the fact it is “state of the art” this weekend (8 April) when it gets behind a national initiative.

The BBC’s Get Creative scheme takes place across the country, celebrating and showcasing creativity in all of its forms.

And as part of the Sunderland Get Creative weekend, the Bridges will be hosting a number of events, being staged by two organisations.

On Saturday, Sunderland’s City of Culture 2021 bid team will be running a family crafts session at Central Square with North East born artist Sophie Lisa Beresford, using recyclable household products.

Artist Ian Potts of Sunderland’s Eon-Arts will also be working on an interactive chalk art piece, which local people can participate in, while there will also be a performance by dancers from Dance City.

There will also be an origami for the whole family session from 10.30am to 12.30pm, where visitors can try their hands at the ancient art of paper folding as they get the chance to create a twirling bird.

The team from Dance City will also be returning the following day as part of an event being staged by Sunderland Social – Occupy The City, to encourage people to visit Sunderland on Sundays.

Dance City will be encouraging people to get moving throughout the day, with a session in the Bridges at 11.30am for babies to five-year-olds along with parents and carers.

Six to 15-year-olds can strut their stuff at 1pm, with the final session at 3pm around aimed at over 16s and focussing on Dancing In Heels.

Flag and card making for youngsters will be running throughout the day at the Cultural Spring pop up shop at the Bridges.

“As a partner in the Sunderland 2021 bid we are delighted that the Bridges is the location of choice for organisations involved in the Get Creative weekend,” said Samantha Czwordon-Wright, the Bridges’ marketing manager.

“There are some amazing events taking place, giving people of all ages the opportunity to showcase their creativity in many difference ways.

“It’s also good news that the Sunderland Social – Occupy the City campaign, which is being supported by Sunderland BID, is using Sunday 9 April as an opportunity not only to stage some creative activities but to showcase some of the many reasons to visit the city on Sundays.”

Further information on all the activities is available at www.sunderland2021.com/get-creative.