Newcastle and Gateshead are firmly on the map when it comes to the worlds of breakdancing and graffiti, according to two local artists.
Sandy Duff runs the largest legal graffiti wall in the North of England - next to the Sage in Gateshead.
He told Sky Tyne and Wear it has attracted attention from around the world.
He said: "Newcastle and Gateshead have developed a cultural relevance that has put us head and shoulders above other cities."
Rokas Saltenis is a member of breakdancing group Bad Taste Cru and said the area is also well-known among dancers.
"Newcastle is definitely there on the map in the 'breaking' world."
Bad Taste Cru have found that breakdancing is so popular, they are able to make a living from teaching and performing.
"We have not been earning millions, but we do what we love," Rokas said.
"That is the most important thing."
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