An inaugural arts festival is set to inspire, encourage, and delight Novocastrians by bringing an array of events to the city.
Kicking off next month New Annual, hosted by City of Newcastle, will also draw some big names to Newcastle including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Paul Dempsey from Australian band Something For Kate.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the event would provide an opportunity for locals and visitors to discover new work, new perspectives and new performance spaces.
“New Annual represents Newcastle’s time to shine – through our local artists, through our city’s creative spaces and most importantly, through rich and engaging stories,” she said.
“The festival will feature local and visiting artists sharing music, dance, contemporary performance and visual art, showcasing our community’s journey of self-expression, resilience and recovery.
“It will shine a spotlight on Newcastle’s reputation as a creative city where ambitious and accessible contemporary art and culture grow and thrive within a prosperous, diverse and resilient community.”
Highlights of the program include an event presented by Newcastle Writers Festival, which will see Julia Gillard discuss her latest book and the lessons that can be learned from women leaders.
Fans of Paul Dempsey will also have the chance to see him like never before during a performance at Newcastle Art Gallery, while a range of Indigenous cultural items at Newcastle Museum will be enhanced via an augmented reality experience incorporating music, narration, animation and storytelling.
Homegrown musicians will also take to the stage thanks to Hazy Cosmic Jive recording studio, while street art activations will bring outdoor locations to life.
An open artist studio trail featuring some of Newcastle’s most dynamic independent art spaces will also offer a hands-on insight into the creative processes of a visual artist.
These newly released events complement major commissions from local artists and companies revealed during the first program announcement in October last year.
Feature performances from Curious Legends and Catapult Choreographic Hub and pop-up venues and installations in Civic Park and Wheeler Place will showcase the best of Newcastle’s creative arts.
New Annual’s program has been designed with the flexibility to operate as a COVID-19 Safe event depending on Public Health Orders.
To find out more visit the New Annual website.