2016 Newkulele Festival
The third Bi-Annual Newcastle Ukulele Festival featuring international and local ukulele performances, workshops, market and feature concerts the Newkulele Festival is a must visit for all music lovers!
Start Date:21/10/2016 View more details
Charlie Siem and the Omega Ensemble
For the first time ever, internationally renowned violin virtuoso Charlie Siem will perform in Australia with the Sydney-based Omega Ensemble, showcasing a classical music recital in uniquely Australian settings. Siem works with many of the world’s finest orchestras (The Royal, the Moscow and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras; the Czech and the Oslo National Symphony Orchestras) and conductors (including Charles Dutoit, Edward Gardner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pesěk and Yuri Simonov) and performed for the Queen of Denmark. The Omega Ensemble founded in 2005 and fast became one of Australia’s finest and most lauded chamber groups. Ranging from full chamber orchestra to duos they constantly provide a fresh and invigorating musical experience. From 2014-2016, The Omega Ensemble were ensemble-in-residence at the Sydney City Recital Hall, and artist-in-residence at Mitchell Conservatorium. They joined forces with the Australian National Academy of Music and acclaimed international clarinettist and conductor Paul Meyer, in a performance of John Adam’s Chamber Symphony.
Start Date:08/04/2017 View more details
Eastern University Games
The Eastern University Games (EUG) is the largest of the three regional games held annually in July by Australian University Sport (AUS). In order to qualify and earn their right to compete at the Australian University Games, university teams compete at one of three regional University Games events. The games promote and increase student participation in competitive sport activities, whilst building leadership skills and a healthy balance of sport and education, with all competitors currently enrolled as eligible university or TAFE students aged 18 to 26 years.
Start Date:02/07/2017 View more details
Hunt and Gather Markets
They love to shop. They love the thrill of the hunt. They love discovering new things. They love meeting new people. They love live music. They love design. They love local. They love meeting the talent behind the creation. They love really good food. They love the sun, the beach and laying in the shade of big ol' trees... Hunt&Gather is a monthly event that showcases the work of designers, artists, musicians, collectors and food lovers from Newcastle and beyond. Newcastle East is bursting with creative talent and Pacific Park has given Hunt&Gather a beautiful home under big old fig trees, nestled between the natural beauty of Newcastle Beach and the richness and diversity of Hunter street. A marketplace to set up shop, and to spend the day in good company with great music, good food, in a supportive, fun and friendly atmosphere.
Start Date:17/09/2016 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 fifth anniversary in 2017.
Start Date:07/04/2017 View more details
NewRun - Newcastle's Festival of Running
With a goal to become 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 PB 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:02/04/2017 View more details
Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle: Newcastle
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country's biggest grassroots, boardriders event series with AUD160,000 in cash and prizes. It will involve more than 100 of Australia's best boardriders clubs in eight State qualifying rounds and culminate in a two-day, national final for 24 clubs.
Start Date:17/02/2018 View more details
Port to Port Mountain Race
The Port to Port MTB is an annual four day MTB stage race across the iconic local scenery of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter region. The race is designed to be fun and challenging for riders of all levels, from recreational to competitive. Port to Port MTB will be a brilliant event and they look forward to attracting a strong field of riders of all standards to the Port to Port MTB in May 2017.
Start Date:25/05/2017 View more details
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Surfest is the largest surfing festival in Australia. The best professional male and female surfers in the world travel to Newcastle, NSW to compete for the much cherished Mark Richards 'MR' trophy on Merewether Beach, Newcastle. Surfest is also very proud to support the growth of Pro Junior surfing in Australia.
Start Date:12/02/2018 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:09/07/2016 View more details
The Song Company presents Sticks and Stones: Newcastle
The second program in the 2017 season The Attraction of Opposites: linked with the Road to Jericho project in the UK and the Middle East, and the work of Oday Al Khatib’s ensemble Dal’Ouna, these culturally discordant but sonically delightful musical forces present audiences with both Western and non-Western repertoire in a program of an intimate and accessible nature, with evocative tunes from Ramallah and Passiontide polyphony including Thomas Tallis The Lamentations of Jeremiah.
Start Date:30/03/2017 View more details
This is Not Art
This Is Not Art - known to friends as TiNA - is a free annual festival of experimental and emerging arts that has happened in Newcastle, Australia since 1998. Each year, thousands of people gather in Newcastle's CBD over the October long weekend to share ideas, test work, and meet like-minded creatives and potential collaborators. The festival is made up of over one hundred and fifty smaller events, 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. A number of programming streams converge under the umbrella of the TiNA festival. This year, they welcome back the National Young Writers Festival, Critical Animals and Crack Theatre Festival. These diverse and ever-changing presenting partners make TiNA unique in its multidisciplinary structure, operating across text, visual art, theatre, music, performance and critical thought.