Battle Cup Challenge

Battle Cup Challenge is the ultimate competitive knock-out assault obstacle gauntlet to test your strength, speed, and agility. There will be three race categories to choose from. Beginner - the Battlers, intermediate - the Warriors and advanced - the Commanders. Everyone gets to test the gauntlet in Round One, however, the second round is when it gets serious - one false move, and you’re out! And your team will join the body count. There will only be one triumphant team per category. Will your team be the Battle Cup Champions?

Start Date:
10/08/2018 View more details

Beyond the Barricade - Newcastle

Enjoy the best-loved songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals in a glittering Concert. Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on tour, the blockbusting two-hour show features hit songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Wicked, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Chicago, Crazy For You, Mamma Mia, and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Misérables. The critically-acclaimed Beyond the Barricade has been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe for 16 years, from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cunard liners, and now heads to Australia for the first time. The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables include Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; Katie Leeming who played the role of Eponine; and Poppy Tierney who played Cosette. They are joined by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows.

Start Date:
29/06/2018 View more details

Bruce Mathiske

World acclaimed guitar virtuoso and composer Bruce Mathiske is back with a new album Six String Anthology and Australian tour booked. Mathiske, one of this country’s most adventurous, creative and dazzlingly skilled guitarists, has been off the road since 2013. Taking a well-deserved break from the sometimes creatively stifling album release and tour cycle, Bruce has instead been concentrating on composing on a larger scale for other instruments and orchestras—whilst on the personal front, facing the shock of his wife’s cancer diagnosis and supporting her throughout her treatment. But 2018 finds Mathiske back and eagerly looking forward to playing in front of live audiences again with a new, and quite different release ready to share. And Bruce’s wife? She’s doing just great. Bruce’s new 12 track offering Six String Anthology is unmistakably Mathiske—with melodic and vibrant sounds centering around original compositions—this time in the key of each string of the guitar. See Eventfinda for more information.

Start Date:
23/06/2018 View more details

Hope4Cure Christmas in July

Christmas in July with Hope for Cure on Saturday July 21, offers a rare opportunity to experience the elegant ambience of one of Newcastle's most exclusive venues with all the fun and frivolity of the festive season. This unique event recreates the magic of Christmas with lavish spreads of decadent delights, captivating live entertainment, a spirit of giving and the element of surprise. Hosted tastings, auctions and raffles offer the chance to take home something truly special but just taking part is its own reward, because this Christmas is all about a different sort of gift giving! Generously supported by some of the Hunter's finest producers and best local businesses, this is Hope4Cure's major fundraiser which aims to raise over AUD25,000 in support of Hunter women and their families, impacted by ovarian and gynaecological cancers. Founded by a local family who lost a loved one to ovarian cancer, Hope4Cure is funding medical equipment for Muswellbrook Hospital and providing patient care packs. HMRI indicates only one in ten women diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer will survive beyond five years while early diagnosis can increase the survival rate to 90 percent.

Start Date:
21/07/2018 View more details

Newcastle Music Festival

The Newcastle Music Festival is held annually in Newcastle, NSW. This year's festival is set over 18 days and nights during August. Check the website for full details. Performers include Tamara Anna Cislowska (pianist), Deborah Humble (mezzo soprano), Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano), Omega Ensemble, Sally Walker (flute) and the Australian Haydn Ensemble. The Festival welcomes violinist Ray Chen, with Julien Quentin, presented in association with Musica Viva Australia. A special highlight is a performance of Madame Butterfly by Opera Australia. Newcastle based performers include Christ Church Camerata, Newcastle Youth Orchestra, Christopher Allan (baritone), Erin Sweetman (piano), David Banney (conductor), Ian Cook (conductor), Chris Duncan (Scottish fiddle player) and Catherine Strutt (pianist), Andrew Chubb (pianist) and Peter Guy (organ). The Music Teachers' Association piano competitions for the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award are judged during the Festival. Great jazz and light music artists perform this year: Elena Andrews with the Terrence Koo Trio, Heather Price and Dungeon Big Band; Sharny Russell and quartet; tenor Brad Cooper with Michael Curtain (piano) and Michael Lampard (baritone) with Ross Fiddes (piano). Stunning accommodation and eateries are just a few minutes from Festival venues. Make August your music month in Newcastle.

Start Date:
02/08/2018 View more details

Newcastle Writers Festival

The Newcastle Writers Festival celebrates national and regional literary talent over three days each April. More than 100 writers and thinkers participate in 70 sessions - half of which are free - that include panel discussions, readings, book launches and one-on-one interviews. Previous guests include Tim Flannery, Stan Grant, Charlotte Wood, David Marr and Hugh Mackay. The Festival is held in the Civic cultural precinct, which includes Newcastle Art Gallery and Newcastle Museum. It is close to the city's bars, cafes and restaurants. Guest writers praise the friendly audiences and dedicated team of volunteers. The Newcastle Writers Festival celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2018.

Start Date:
05/04/2019 View more details

NewRun - Newcastle's Festival of Running

As one of Australia's leading regional running events, NewRun is staged in the most iconic venues in Newcastle and offers plenty of opportunity to test your fitness around this beautiful coastal city. The event is proud to partner with local organisations including Surf Life Saving Clubs, and other running, sport and service clubs. Whether you are an elite runner looking for a new personal best or just a novice runner looking for a fitness goal, this festival of health and fitness in Newcastle has an event for you.

Start Date:
07/04/2019 View more details

Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country's biggest grassroots, boardriders event series with AUD150,000 in cash and prizes. The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL), which allows Australian WSL Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective state qualifying events and the national final.   It involves more than 60 of Australia's best boardriders clubs in eight state qualifying rounds and culminates in a large scale National Final for 24 clubs where one club will be crowned Australian Champions.

Start Date:
16/02/2019 View more details

Port to Port MTB

Celebrating its fifth year anniversary, Port to Port MTB is a four day mountain bike stage race in NSW. It’s full of epic trails through forests, wine country, hinterland, coastline and mountain bike parks and all washed down with excellent local wine, craft beer and tasty bites. Discover The Hunter Valley and Newcastle’s awesome trails and single track with new terrain and scenery every day. Choose to ride all four days or just the weekend stages. Go hard or cruise along and enjoy the ride, with the right amount of challenge for weekend warriors and experienced riders. Hosted in the spectacular Newcastle region – there’s plenty of time to enjoy the ride on and off the bike. What are you waiting for? Grab your family, grab your mates and let the good times roll! Register today on the website.

Start Date:
23/05/2019 View more details

Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon

The 25th annual Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon is on again. The event will be staged from the Queens Wharf area on Newcastle Harbour, one of the most picturesque courses in Australia. Offering Olympic/Standard, Sprint and Corporate/Enticer distance triathlons, the event has a course to suit all levels of fitness, from novice to elite. They look forward to seeing you in Newcastle. Strict race limits apply! Enter soon so you don't miss out.

Start Date:
24/02/2019 View more details

Splitters Comedy with Billy D'Arcy

Splitters Sundays are showcasing some of NSW's best young comedians on the scene. Headlining the show is RAW Comedy National Finalist, you've seen him on Facebook and ABC. He is a legend and first string in every way—it's Billy D'Arcy. In support: Pat Doherty (SYD) Freddie McManus (UK) Liam Callen (New) Chad Membrey (New) Doors at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. Hosted monthly by local comedians Allan Brady, David Gairdner and James Connors.

Start Date:
01/07/2018 View more details

Summer Run 10 Kilometre Series (City): Race Two of Three

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Summer Run is a three race 10 kilometre series in the Hunter Region of NSW, Australia. The events will feature three iconic venues in the Hunter, namely Morpeth near Maitland, Carrington next to The City of Newcastle and Newcastle Harbour, and also Nelson Bay in Port Stephens. The events will be mostly flat and fast, 10 kilometre courses staged over the Summer. The events will be held early to beat the heat and will feature individual and series prizes and a great atmosphere. Race entry numbers will be limited in the first year to manage course crowding.

Start Date:
03/02/2019 View more details

Surfest Newcastle Australia

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Surfest Newcastle Australia is Australia's biggest festival of surfing and provides a wide array of action in and out of the water for locals and visitors. The festival sees 11 different surfing events with more than 800 competitors launching in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens local government areas. Entry to all events is free.

Start Date:
16/02/2019 View more details

The Olive Tree Market

The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle and the Hunter's Leading Contemporary Art and Design Market held on a monthly basis in the heart of Newcastle's cultural precinct . Founded in 2008 Olive Tree has been instrumental in the renaissance of the thriving creative scene in Newcastle. The Olive Tree Market is the perfect place for those who place value on beautifully designed, well made, locally produced handmade goods with a strong emphasis on ethical production and sustainability. Meet the makers, discover a curated line-up of the best local and Australian design, sample delicious gourmet artisan food and take in the festival atmosphere of this bustling event. Visitors can shop eat, drink, enjoy live music, and shop some more!

Start Date:
03/03/2018 View more details

The Song Company Presents True Love Story (Newcastle)

Australia’s premier vocal ensemble The Song Company brings you a mediaeval French romance from a time of war and plague, as told by the poet and composer Guillaume De Machaut. Regarded as one of the greatest and most important composers of the 14th century, be transported to 1360 where Machaut entertained the heir to the throne following the Hundred Years’ War. It was at this time Machaut began a lengthy correspondence with a young female admirer Peronnelle D’armentières. Machaut meticulously documented their relationship in what he called the Le Livre du Voir Dit - 'book of the true story'. Containing over 9000 lines of poetry, letters, love-poems, and songs they sent to each other it is the ultimate 14th-century multimedia presentation. Whilst the accuracy of Machauts account is at times questionable, with contradictory recollections, the passion conveys what must have been a true love story. Yet again, The Song Company is breaking new ground with their creative take on medieval classics.

Start Date:
21/06/2018 View more details

The White Album Anniversary Concert

The White Album is one of the most successful Beatles events ever staged in Australia. After two sold-out tours in 2009 and 2014, Chris Cheney (The Living End), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tim Rogers (You Am I), and ARIA Award-winning solo artist Josh Pyke are reuniting for a 2018 tour in a nod to the 50th anniversary of this very special album. Chris, Josh, Phil and Tim are backed by a 17-piece rock orchestra including guitars, strings, horns and two drummers with musical direction by Rex Goh. The White Album songs will be performed in track order, starting with Back in the U.S.S.R and closing with Good Night. And for those in the know – yes, that includes Revolution Nine.

Start Date:
17/07/2018 View more details

This is Not Art

This Is Not Art - known to friends as TiNA - is a national contemporary arts festival with a focus on independent, emerging and experimental arts practices. Celebrating Newcastle as a creative city, the festival takes place annually over the October long weekend. Since 1998 thousands of people have gathered in Newcastle's CBD each year to share ideas, test work, and meet like-minded creatives and potential collaborators. The festival is made up of approximately 150 events, ranging from panel discussions to hands-on workshops, performances to parties. It provides a space for artists, performers, writers, thinkers, theatre-makers, dancers, and tech-heads to gather, play, share ideas and innovate. Most events are free and many invite audience participation. A number of programming streams converge under the umbrella of the TiNA festival. This year co-presenters include the National Young Writers Festival, Critical Animals and Crack Theatre Festival.

Start Date:
27/09/2018 View more details

Winter Wonderland Champagne Masterclass - Newcastle

An exceptional champagne experience, where The Champagne Dame will take guests on a tasting journey through fuller bodied champagnes that can be enjoyed with Winter fare. Five exquisite champagnes have been selected carefully for qualities which lend to their body, character and complexity, from barrel and magnum ageing through to a pinot dominant style. Price includes five champagnes and cheese.

Start Date:
20/07/2018 View more details