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Rab Noakes Plays Durham

Old Cinema, Laundrette, Durham

Celebrating his 70th birthday and his 50th year touring Scottish singer songwriter Rab Noakes launches his EP ‘The Treatment Tapes’ in January 2017. Early in 2015 Rab Noakes ...

Sammy and The Snow Leopard

Crown Street Library, Darlington

Sammy is 9 years old and likes animals. No...he LOVES animals. The problem is his Mum won't let him have any pets. But when his best friend Hokey Pokey tells him about the 'Adopt ...

Stuart Goldsmith: Compared to What

The Stand, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Show Information Fresh from appearances on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central’ (Comedy Central), ‘As Yet Untitled’ (Dave) and a month of packed houses at the ...

Ross Noble - Brain Dump

Empire, Sunderland

Everybody's favourite randomist is back. As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it's time to let it all out. Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and ...

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

All rulers use a range of propaganda to project an image of power, but few showed such flair or such understanding of the importance of public opinion as Napoleon Bonaparte. Join Dr Alan Forrest, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of York, for a fascinating insight into this important and relevant area of history.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 14:15

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Sage, Gateshead

After more than ten years playing together the band have decided that now is the right time to end, and see the upcoming dates as the perfect way to send off. Stornoway have released three studio albums, a surprise mini album and two EPs. Their most recent effort, 2015’s Bonxie, saw the band combine their two great passions, music and the

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead, NE82JR

Queen Elizabeth College, Darlington

meet with Elizabeth Elliott, AGM and Limestone in NE England

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Queen Elizabeth College, Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL37AU

The Cleveland Tontine, Northallerton

Join us for the first of our newly launched lunch series & listen to fond and amusing stories from the daughter of the world’s most famous vet Alf Wight. 2 courses with coffee.

Category: Dining Out & Nightlife
Dates:    Times: 12:00

Location: The Cleveland Tontine, Staddlebridge, Northallerton, DL6 3JB

Cornerstones, Chester-le-Street

Durham County Federation of Women's Institutes is hoping to form a new WI in Chester-le-Street. Women of all ages no interests are invited to an open meeting. There will be a first class speaker and refreshments

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 19:00

Location: Cornerstones, Market Place, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TF

The Cleveland Tontine, Northallerton

Join us for the first of our newly launched lunch series & listen to fond and amusing stories from the daughter of the world’s most famous vet Alf Wight. 2 course lunch with coffee.

Category: Dining Out & Nightlife
Dates:    Times: 12:00

Location: The Cleveland Tontine, Staddlebridge, Northallerton, DL6 3JB

Unimagined Treasures – Curated by Mark Hearld

Art Gallery, York

The Upper North Gallery has been transformed to reflect one artist’s vision of a Lumber Room – a room of miscellaneous stored objects and artefacts. For the past two years, York-based artist Mark Hearld has been visiting the stores of the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum as well as York Art Gallery researching the objects and artworks

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

Tommy Bodkins:  military materials then and now

Green Howards Museum, Richmond in North Yorks

exhibition of work created and curated by Cleveland College of Art and Design (Hartlepool) student Rachel Fraser. The pieces in my collection are all related in some way to the museum and the army, where I’ve used jackets, weapons, badges, and the warning signs seen on the perimeter walls of the barracks themselves. Each one of these had an

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Green Howards Museum, Market Place, Richmond in North Yorks, DL10 4QN

Beginner's Belly Dance Classes

Dianne White Academy of Dance , Shildon

Learn an exciting dance form, listen to beautiful music, and meet fun people. Join us for a little exercise and a lot of laughter! Belly dance is a great way to improve your posture, flexibility, and self confidence. Give it a try!

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 18:00-19:00, 19:00-20:00

Location: Dianne White Academy of Dance , Cross Street, Shildon, DL4 1PF

d-FORMED : A personal Journey by Kev Howard

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

d-FORMED is an auto-biographical and highly personal series of visually striking photographs, comprising challenging and beautiful images that embody disability and the surgical experience. Surgery is what many disabled people often undergo over a lifetime to be able to function. It is a physically and emotionally painful experience, being

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS56LA

Holly Hendry: Wrot

Baltic Centre, Gateshead

Holly Hendry (b. London, 1990) presents an entirely new body of work for her first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Using a variety of materials, from Jesmonite and plaster to foam, wood, steel and water-jet cut marble, she creates a geology of oozy forms peppered with comic elements, such as dog chew bones and spinning plaster teeth. She

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Baltic Centre, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE83BA

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life. Humorous yet melancholy, these works had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr. This exhibition of photographs examines the close relationship

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Crown Street Art Gallery, Darlington

Darlington Society of Arts was founded in 1922 with the prime object of stimulating interest in and appreciation of art in Darlington and the surrounding area. Darlington Society of Arts now meets on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm at Hummersknott Academy. There is a themed club night programme to inspire and give support to anyone who enjoys

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Crown Street Art Gallery, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND

Pacific Rim 5-D

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In this new Motion Ride adventure monstrous creatures have risen from the sea, attacked cities and threatened mankind. In a unified show of force the world’s most powerful nations have joined together and built massive robot fighting machines. In a no holds barred brawl, the last standing robot fighters take on the biggest and baddest of the

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the closure of North Road Works after 103 years of making and repairing locomotives. The exhibition brings together those memories as well as a range of photographs of the Works.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 11:00-15:30

Location: Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Station Road, Darlington, DL36ST

284 Miles to Home – A Photographic Journey by Scott Read

Arts Centre, Washington

284 Miles to Home’ is a personal journey by Scott Read as he captured his first year (2016) in his new home of County Durham after following his heart North. “With this body of work I seek to evoke the sheer essence of what makes this region such a beautiful place to live, but in a way that was very much a personal voyage of discovery for

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art

Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Historic England presents 'Out There' - a celebration of England's fascinating yet forgotten national collection of public art. 'Out There' will shed light on the sculptures and structures created by pioneering artists between 1945 and 1985, long before the iconic Angel of the North was conceived. Many of these pieces have been lost, damaged, moved

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Bessie Surtees House, 41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 3JF

Murder, Margaret and Me

Theatre Royal, York

In the early sixties two national treasures were the creative force behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises. But there’s an intriguing mystery behind the Miss Marple movies. They were almost never made... Agatha Christie didn’t want Margaret Rutherford to bring her most cherished creation to life. And Margaret Rutherford

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York, YO17HD

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

A journey through three centuries and increasingly distant parts of the world

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE18JA

Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artist's Eye

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Inspired by the remarkably innovative style of Sir Anthony van Dyck's last self-portrait, acquired for the nation in 2014, this exhibition pairs the painting with stunning works by major artists of the 20th and 21st century. Like Van Dyck's self-portrait, the selected works offer the viewer direct eye-contact with a visionary artist, from David

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE18JA

Darlington Building Society, Darlington

Christeen Redhead, Linda Coleby and Malcolm Short

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Darlington Building Society, Tubwell Row, Darlington, DL1 1NF

Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University's Western Art Collection

Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland

Durham University’s Western Art Collection contains a significant number of prints by leading artists and is one of the most important university collections of 20th and 21st century art in the UK. This exhibition explores the different printing techniques used by artists, from early methods of woodcut printing to more contemporary screen and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL147NP

Paola Ciarska: I'm Finished But She Ain't

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Paola Ciarska revels, excites and rejoices in the unrestrained potential of imagination. Each miniature painting stars a solitary figure, often wielding a selfie-stick, living out a virtual fantasy from the comfort of her living room (or sometimes the kitchen bench).

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Gallagher and Turner, 30 St Mary's Place, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE17PQ

Shunga: Japanese Woodblock Prints

Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Literally translated, shunga means ‘pictures of spring’, a traditional euphemism for sex. These erotic works became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and sought to express a varied world of contemporary sexual possibilities. They were likely enjoyed equally by men and women of all classes, depicting ordinary people with sensitivity and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary's Place, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 7PQ

Curious About Durham

Starts: Durham Cathedral, Durham

Have fun discovering Durham with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy or instantly download & get curious! Are you curious about Durham? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Starts: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre, Middlesbrough

Are you 50+, retired or semi- retired, living in Teesside and looking for a friendly social group to make new friends? Cleveland Outlook is a mixed social group who meet most Monday evenings at the Municipal Golf Centre in Middlesbrough and participate in an interesting and varied programme of activities. New members are always welcome. For

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 19:45

Location: Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS57YZ

Northern Portraits by Aidan Doyle, Charlie Parker and Steve Lyon-Bowes

Arts Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Three artists have joined together to showcase their distinctive approaches to portraiture. The exhibition will include original pieces by local artists Aidan Doyle, Charlie Parker, and Steve Lyon-Bowes. Doyle and Lyon-Bowes are regular tutors for Newcastle Arts Centre and will be running a series of art courses following the exhibition opening.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE11SG

Return to rugby

The Northern Echo Arena , Darlington

Return to Rugby is a great way for people to come back to playing rugby or give it a try. The sessions are fun, and game orientated, and are totally designed for players who are looking to return to the game or give it a try for the first time. The sessions are run by experienced RFU coaches, who are used to working with returning players.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 18:30-19:30

Location: The Northern Echo Arena , Neasham Road, Darlington, DL2 1DL

Play Sessions

Willows Community Centre , Stockton-on-Tees

Groundwork North East & Cumbria are holding play sessions for children aged 5-13 every Monday. Come along and join in with fun activities, games, arts and crafts and lots more!

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 16:00-17:30

Location: Willows Community Centre , Northport Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2hX

Matt Forde

Gala Theatre, Durham

Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015 (ITV), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Mock the Week (BBC Two) and Question Time (BBC One).

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Iain Stirling

Gala Theatre, Durham

You may recognise his voice as the narrator of ITV2’s Love Island or recognise his face as the host of Scottish BAFTA (best children’s show) award winning panel show The Dog Ate my Homework (CBBC). Other credits include The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Drunk History (Comedy Central). In his new show, Iain

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Bones: Skeleton Secrets of the Animal World

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The animal world is full of questions and bones can help us find the answers. An enormous collection of animal skeletons on show for 2017’s must-see family-friendly exhibition. From itty-bitty bats to whopping whales, bones are the hidden keys to how animals move, survive and evolve over time. Join us on an interactive journey through

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE24PT

Companion Pieces

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

To celebrate 100 years since the Gallery doors opened to the public to present the Shipley’s bequest collection, and 40 years since the first items were purchased to build the now nationally important contemporary craft collection, the Shipley Art Gallery presents a new showcase exhibition. Companion Pieces brings together different parts of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE84JB

Chuffing Contraptions

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In this new Science Theatre show we explore engineering and technology from the industrial revolution to the present day. Engineers fix problems (and often find new ones). Join us as we discover some of the ingenious fixes to tricky problems by making engines and other contraptions to do the work and make things go. This show has been developed by

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

Is there anybody out there?

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Could there be life on other worlds in our solar system, or even beyond it? With space so vast and planets and moons so numerous how do we go about looking for life? Find out in Life’s newest planetarium show. Recommended suitable for ages 7+. From Friday, February 10 (until March 31)

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

Seeing the Universe in all its light – an exhibition showcasing the ‘big telescopes family’

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This touring exhibition focuses on the world of modern astronomy through telescopes that the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Royal Astronomical Society support around the world. See scale models including the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) antenna, the

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

Brick History

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Life Science Centre will be home to a host of intricate historical models, all of which have been made from scratch using LEGO® bricks. This new exhibition will span the whole of human history – picking out the key highlights – to show how mankind has progressed over the years, from the pre-historic era to modern day. Visitors can marvel at

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

North East LEGO® Landmarks

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Local LEGO® builder Steve Mayes has been busy building LEGO® versions of some of the North East’s favourite landmarks. See his collection at Life, including, BALTIC, Angel of the North and the International Centre for Life – a specially commissioned new model on show for the first time. Please note - LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

Intermediate French

Hummersknott School, Darlington

This course is ideal if you have completed a French course for beginners and you are looking to extend your vocabulary. It can also be a refresher if you haven’t practised your French for a while. The course will cover the topics below: •Enchanté: Meeting, greeting and introductions •J’adore: talking about likes and dislikes •Bon

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 18:00-20:00

Location: Hummersknott School, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington, DL38AR

BEASTS!

Durham Cathedral, Durham

An exhibition of the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated people from earliest times. From illustrations of lions and dragons in medieval manuscripts, to early printed books of natural history which feature sea serpents and wyverns alongside images of the rhinoceros or giraffe, and the ‘evidence’ presented to prove the

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Louise Mackenzie is a UK based artist creating installation, sculpture, performance, sound and film works. With a focus on living material, she is interested in the relationships between medium, sound, image and text, attempting to find ways in which these can be connected to produce unexpected results. Her installation, The Stars Beneath Our

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE463LS

Portrack Community Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Every Monday 4-5.30pm Activities Games, Arts & Crafts, Sports, Messy Play, Role Play & Lots More! No need to register just come along & join in the fun!

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 16:00-17:30

Location: Portrack Community Centre, Portrack Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2HS

Little Bookworms

Palace Green Library, Durham

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Through fun crafts, interactive stories, messy play, singing, games and role play, toddlers and pre-school children will discover new skills and interests and have lots of fun. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:30-11:30

Location: Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH13RN

Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men's fashion

Oriental Museum, Durham

A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories. Netsuke is the Japanese art of miniature sculpture. Originally a practical piece of dress, during the Edo Period (1615-1868 CE) these carvings evolved into an important art form in Japan. Museums often

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Fabricating Histories: An Alternative 19th Century

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The story of our 19th century inventors and pioneers is all around us, but with so many experiments, ideas and notions jostling for position, history could have lurched off on a tangent at any moment and become very different. What if Brunel had graced Sunderland with a vast suspension bridge, or Lovelace & Babbage had computerised the 1840s?

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4JA

In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himalayan Town, Shimla

Oriental Museum, Durham

Shimla is the capital of the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. The British built Shimla as their ‘little version of England’ and, by extension, of Britain itself. Today, Shimla is a hugely popular destination for tourists from all over the world, and its status as an

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Flesh

Art Gallery, York

Human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange; this major exhibition will explore how artists represent flesh in their work. Paintings by artists including, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Circle of Rembrandt and Francis Bacon will show how the body and flesh have long been subject to intense scrutiny by

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

Tesco Sunderland Extra, Sunderland

LingoKids Spanish classes for children (Reception to Year 6). Small classes with children grouped according to their age. Supportive learning environment allowing children to progress at their own pace. Fun, engaging activities (songs, poems, stories, games, crafts etc.) Promotes a love of languages from an early age. Aids development of

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 16:00

Location: Tesco Sunderland Extra, Newcastle Road, Sunderland, SR6 0DA

Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Skinnypigs® women’s fitness class established in 2010 has fast become the largest independent fitness provider in the North East and has drastically changed the lives of over 30,000+ women! It is the phenomenal women’s fitness toning and weight loss class that everyone is talking about! It uses a selection of fun training styles designed to

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 06:00-21:00

Location: Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE3 3RU

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Grand Opera House, York

Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns" including a flapper named Millie Dillmount were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce, and rewriting the rules of love. From explosive tap routines to a 'Fred and

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30-21:45

Location: Grand Opera House, Clifford Street, York, YO1 9SW

The Allure of Napoleon

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Featuring outstanding artworks held in the Museum’s collection, the display will offer the opportunity to learn more about the Founders’ interest in Napoleon and his times. It will also the celebrations for the 125th anniversary of The Bowes Museum in 2017.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Romanby Methodist Church Hall, Romanby

A friendly, informal playgroup for babies and toddlers and their carers, run by volunteers. There are toys, craft activites, stories and songs, and a healthy snack for the children at each session. The group runs from 1-3pm on Mondays. £2 per session, plus £1 per each additional child over the age of 6 months

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 13:00-15:00

Location: Romanby Methodist Church Hall, The Fairway, Romanby, DL7 8BB



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