After a hugely successful debut last year, Artsy Fartsy is back for 2023

After a hugely successful debut last year, Artsy Fartsy is back for 2023

After a hugely successful debut last year, Artsy Fartsy is back for 2023!

In aid of Humankind and Beat, Sarah Connolly and Lana Kelly are over the moon to be hosting another evening to remember at The Common Room on 14th October.

In support of Humankind and Beat, Artsy Fartsy is back with a whole new line up featuring some of the North East’s favourite comedians, live music, a silent arts exhibition, dinner and a charity auction. After their non- profit event raised almost £2,000 last year, Sarah and Lana are delighted to be hosting another night of love and laughter whilst supporting two charities very close to their hearts.

At the start of 2022, Sarah’s relationship broke down after her partner’s overwhelming struggle with addiction tore them apart. Soon after, in June 2022, Peter took his own life. The heartbreak of helplessly watching addiction destroy the man she loved has inspired Sarah to raise money for a charity who support those fighting a similar battle, Humankind.

‘I’ve since learned a lot about addiction and how it effects not only the addict, but the people who love them,’ Sarah says. ‘I watched cocaine overwhelm, consume and break the most loving, hilarious and warm man. His family have been unbelievably strong for each other but they are completely shattered.’

Since overcoming a life-threatening case of anorexia and bulimia, Lana has found health and happiness with help and support from Beat. As 2022’s Miss Newcastle, she used her platform to share her story, spread awareness and inspire others to seek help and follow their own path to recovery.

‘Having come out on the other side of 10-year battle with anorexia and bulimia, raising awareness of the prevalence of eating disorders and mental health issues in our society is something that I am extremely passionate about,’ she says.

As colleagues and best friends, Sarah and Lana are delighted to be using their experience in events management to host another unforgettable evening. Following the inaugural Artsy Fartsy event last year, they were humbled by the support they received from local businesses who donated some very generous auction prizes, and the comedians, musicians and artists whose talent created the most magical evening.

This year’s line up is already looking incredible, with some of the North’s favourite creatives such as Si Beckwith, Lee Kyle, Sam Wood, Em Grafique and Alex Saxton already confirmed. A limited number of early- bird tickets are now on sale and will be available here until 20th September.

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