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Newcastle to host Little Festival celebrating big talent

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Small in stature but big on talent, that’s how Newcastle is set to experience this weekend’s inaugural Little Festival.

Hidden beyond the big hero street art the CBD has to offer sits a small-scale curation in some of the city’s most intriguing spaces.

And, for two days, these tiny pieces will come alive to those that seek them.

Tucked away in laneways, shrouded from view, more than 50 tiny artworks promise to impress on 1 and 2 October.

Karen Farmer

From yarn bombing and tiny art, to paste-ups, sticker stories, and miniature graffiti will all celebrate urban art in a big way.

Creators of the Little Festival are hoping the little things will do as much to define the city’s landscape as giant billboards and acclaimed architecture do. 

“It has always been the smaller organic street art pieces that have caught my attention when I’m walking down laneways and alleyways,” says Little Festival director Jacinta Fintan.

“I’m excited to curate an inclusive artist line-up for Little Festival, it’s a real chance to elevate the issue of diversity in the street art industry.”

The festival will be installed between Union and Steel streets, along Hunter and King Streets, and in Kuwumi Place next to Newcastle TAFE.

It will feature the work of more than 50 artists.

Visitors can follow the festival trail to watch live artwork installations, mural painting, artist talks, workshops, performances and immersive installations from 9am on Saturday.

There will even be the opportunity to enter a dazzling structure located in Newcastle’s Civic Park that has been transformed by artist Jen Denzin.

Darren knew the ciggies would get him in the end – Tinky

Artist headliners include:

  • Tinky (Melbourne) known for her tiny humorous dioramas.
  • Karen Farmer (Sydney) with iconic magpies on stop signs.
  • Yarn bomber Kitty Knitter (Bundanoon).
  • Junky Projects (Newcastle) with found objects to raise awareness about waste and over consumption.
  • Sydney stencil artists CAMO and CRISP.
  • Paste up artist HOUL (Canberra).
  • Street artist Inari (Newcastle). 

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