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What’s On: Seven things to do in the Hunter this weekend

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If you’re team didn’t make it to finals and you’re ready to switch off from your sport why not try a new music genre, learn a thing-or-two about our past, immerse yourself in another language or get environmental – its all on offer in our region this weekend.

Jazz:

The 33rd annual Newcastle Jazz Festival is on this weekend.

Boasting more than 40 bands performing 65 hours of jazz including mainstream, traditional, swing and big bands from 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday.

Tunes are expected to fill five stages within Newcastle City Hall with food and drinks available onsite.

History:

Local historian Ed Tonks will be taking visitors on a tour through Newcastle’s past on Friday night.

The free public walk will uncover the history of hotels and pubs, breweries and iconic buildings, as well as architects, publicans and winemakers that helped form the drinking holes within the city.

Mr Tonks is a retired teacher with more than 40 years’ experience in teaching, researching, writing about and promoting aspects of the Hunter’s history.

The two-hour walking tour departs from Newcastle Library at 5.30pm.

Voila:

It’s French film night at Westfield on Friday.

Event Cinemas in Kotara will be screening La Traviata My Brothers and I from 6pm to 9pm for $17pp.

The 108-minute film tells the story of 14-year-old Nour, who lives in social housing with his three older brothers and ailing mother, but dreams of being the next Luciano Pavarotti.

A chance meeting with Sarah, an opera singer gives him the opportunity to come out of his shell and explore new horizons.

The film is in French with English subtitles.

Art:

Art lovers can be privy to a close-up look at some of the region’s newest talents on Friday, when winners of the 2022 Brenda Clouten Memorial Art Scholarships are announced at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Now in its 15th year, the annual event will see the Hunter region’s top 10 finalists vying for a scholarship that will cement their creative practices through study, travel or studio support.

The free event will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Booking essential.

Open Day:

Wallsend Library is hosting an Open Day on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The family-friendly event will include a morning tea, story time, Lego challenges, maker tech workshops, bees wax wrap workshops, magic table demonstrations, refreshments, and live music.

Grow:

Green thumbs are invited to attend The Seeding Muloobinba at Hunter Wetlands Centre on Saturday.

From 10am to 3pm an array of environmental groups will be showcasing projects and campaigns, sharing ideas, and identifying collaborative opportunities to address climate action, biodiversity, conservation and landcare within the hunter region.

Play Ball:

The region’s own professional 3×3 basketball club – Newcastle Steelers – is hosting a winter event at the Forum Stadium inside the Aquatic Centre at the University of Newcastle on Saturday.

The event will kick off at 10.30am with the open-age groups competing for top honour.

All genders and skill levels are welcome to come and try with prizes, cash and FIBA ranking points up for grabs.

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