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Prickly Pear to blow audiences away

Newcastle-based artists Monique Humphreys and Kodi Twiner have joined forces to create Prickly Pear, an artistically immaculate event that will blow audiences away.

Over the course of two evenings this month, there will be “live” music, dance, poetry, pottery and visual art at the Base, 3 Tudor Street, Newcastle.

The events are scheduled for Thursday 15 April (open door rehearsal – limited capacity) and Friday 16 April (full show) from 7pm until 9pm.

It is also an alcohol-free zone that is suitable for all ages.

Prickly Pear will take place at the collaboration between Monique and Kodi’s new ventures, Vexel Creations and Rhino Milk Productions.

After a challenging 12 months for the arts industry, the pair is thrilled to be back creating a space for all artists to connect; as well as increase access to a collective space for a broad range of demographics.

The unlikely duo met at local music industry workshop Music Biz Is, which is hosted by Continuous Music Education and Temporary Dreamer, supported by City of Newcastle.

Prickly Pear will be the first of many artistic events to come with the mutual goal of building an arts hub that represents community and culture in Newcastle.

“Newcastle is bursting at the seams with creative energy,” Monique and Kodi explained.

“And, we felt there was a need to weave some threads together, facilitate a space for folks to meet, explore their practice and support each across multiple art-forms.

“The response has been amazing and we are keen to see what emerges from this and future collaborations.”

Prickly Pear’s line-up is filled with incredibly talented local creators that are diverse in age, culture, backgrounds, gender, and experience.

A few stellar acts include Renyen (visual art), Caitlin O’Reilly (music), Brigitta Dance Projects, Happy to be Here Ceramics, Janette Hoppe (poetry), H.H Art and much more.

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