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Andrew O'Keefe Shouts Johnny O'Keefe

Having debuted his show to a sold-out season at the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and two sell-out shows at Palms At Crown Melbourne, star of Australian television and musical theatre, Andrew O’Keefe delivers an extraordinary performance in Andrew O’Keefe Shouts Johnny O’Keefe. Highly applauded by the critics for his song interpretation and his storytelling, Andrew intertwines his own experiences with legendary stories of The Wild One, and takes audiences on a very personal journey through JOK’s twenty-five year career, belting out classics like ‘Wild One’, ’Sing Sing Sing’ and ‘Shout’ with an intensity topped only by Johnny himself. Hit after hit, O’Keefe will deliver a captivating, mesmerising and thoroughly entertaining journey into the life and the stories of Johnny O’Keefe as he channels his Uncle from above. Andrew O’Keefe Shouts Johnny O’Keefe is an intensely inspirational representation of Johnny that Andrew delivers via the hits and his own words. His narrative, which includes personal family insights, gives Australia a never before heard or seen a glimpse of what it was like to grow up with the king.

Start Date:
22/11/2019 View more details

Animal Tales - Newcastle Music Festival

Newcastle Wind Orchestra presents three School Prom Concerts in the Newcastle Music Festival. Aimed particularly at children, these concerts are sure to delight. Concert duration is one hour with three start times. The concert is repeated at Singleton Sacred Spaces. The Animal Tales Prom concert is an excellent opportunity for school students to go on an exciting and amazing adventure through some much loved classical music masterpieces as well as some well-known favourites. The Animal Tales program includes two children’s stories - The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning and Henry Lawson’s classic Australian short story- The Loaded Dog. These stories will be narrated by Ghillian Sullivan and Carl Caulfield and further enhanced by colourful orchestral scores bringing together a unique collaboration of music and words. The program will also include music from popular children’s movies – Frozen and How to Train Your Dragon.

Start Date:
09/08/2019 View more details

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

Buildcorp Wallaroos vs. Japan (Newcastle)

The Buildcorp Wallaroos are set to play a two-Test series against Japan this July, with the first match being played at No.2 Sportsground in Newcastle. This will be the first time the Wallaroos have played a standalone Test on home soil in over 10 years, giving fans the chance to show their support and get behind the national women's Rugby team. With an action-packed precinct, and two curtain-raiser games to be played before the Test match, it's set to be a full, family-friendly afternoon of high-quality entertainment both on and off the pitch. Tickets on sale on Ticketek from Thursday 18 April.

Start Date:
13/07/2019 View more details

Compass: Not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R. Tolkein)

Fresh from a performance in Carnegie Hall, Newcastle's beloved Waratah Girls’ Choir performs a concert of music inspired by travel and discovery, in their Newcastle Music Festival debut. The word Compass conveys the idea of a journey, guidance, travel, discovery - all of those things. They hope that their audience will come away from the concert having been transported to somewhere lovely” either by memories of the past, delighting in the now, or dreaming of the future. Now in its fourth decade, Waratah Girls’ Choir is recognised as one of Australia’s leading female choirs, having achieved local, national and international acclaim. From humble beginnings, the choir has become one of the most renowned choral groups Australia has to offer.

Start Date:
15/08/2019 View more details

Dame Edna – My Gorgeous Life Tour - Newcastle

To quench the demands of her adoring "Precious Possums", the grand dame of world theatre Dame Edna Everage emerges from retirement with a brand new show and announces a surprise Australian tour this September through to October. In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, "failed actor and attention seeker", Barry Humphries. "One of the reasons I am adored pretty much worldwide is that I've always told you the truth—mostly the truth about yourselves, and even sometimes about me," Dame Edna said. "However this is an apology. It's an apology for once telling you a wicked fib: a porkie, a cruel deceitful lie. I told you I had retired. That was a few years ago and when my announcement got around the globe a lot of people "freaked out", to employ a phrase I never use. Now I'm reborn, fit as a fiddle, and rid of the leech who tormented me for so long. So, Possums, please do come and say hello to me. It would be lovely to see your faces again." Don't miss out!

Start Date:
17/10/2019 View more details

Death by Opera - Festival Prequel - Newcastle Music Festival

Discover the many ways in which operatic leading ladies meet their tragic end through the grand arias of opera. A festival prequel! A two course meal with a drink on arrival is included in your entry fee. This light hearted event will feature Małgorzata Wiśniewska (soprano), Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Allan (baritone), Erin Sweetman (piano) and friends. Get to know your fellow music enthusiasts as you get into the festival swing.

Start Date:
30/07/2019 View more details

Dylan Moran

Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation. Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy and his famed style - deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism - promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliche to offer a cutting blow to your idiosyncrasies.

Start Date:
25/11/2019 View more details

Festival Choir in Concert - Newcastle Music Festival

Renowned international singer Miriam Allan joins the Festival Choir and Christ Church Camerata in a sublime concert to mark her final Festival appearance for 2019. Schubert's Mass in G, and Cantata BWV147 by Johann Sebastian Bach will be among the works performed. This concert is always a sellout - book early! Singers from the community can apply to be part of the Festival Choir - check the website for application and rehearsal details.

Start Date:
11/08/2019 View more details

Festival Finale - Newcastle Music Festival

Deborah Humble (mezzo-soprano), with Newcastle Strings and the Festival Strings, David Banney (conductor) The extraordinary Deborah Humble joins the Camerata for the first time, in music of Purcell and de Falla, before the orchestra brings the 2019 Newcastle Music Festival to a close with Elgar’s majestic Introduction and Allegro.

Start Date:
18/08/2019 View more details

Firsts: Cumulus Trio in Concert - Newcastle Music Festival

The Newcastle Music Festival welcomes the Cumulus Trio, combining the talents of Lerida Delbridge (Assistant Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and founding violinist of the Tinalley String Quartet), Teije Hylkema (principal cello, Opera Australia Orchestra), and Grace Kim (concert pianist). Cumulus Trio appear twice in this year's festival, featuring Beethoven's first published work, and one of Brahms' masterpieces of the chamber repertoire.

Start Date:
11/08/2019 View more details

Fused - Contemporary Art and Music

The Watt Space Gallery in association with Newcastle Music Festival hosts artists and musicians working together to co-create and co-curate this multi-disciplinary exhibition of art, film, music and ideas. Entry fee includes complimentary glass of wine.

Start Date:
11/08/2019 View more details

Ian Moss – Matchbook 30th Anniversary Tour Newcastle

1989. Bob Hawke was still Prime Minister, Canberra and Hawthorn were NRL and VFL Premiers, the Berlin Wall came down and Bart Simpson shot into superstardom. Tim Burton's Batman was released, the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and it was the final months of the 1980s. It was also the year acclaimed Cold Chisel co-founder and guitarist Ian Moss stepped out front and centre, to release what would become a milestone Australian album: Matchbook. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of his iconic debut, Mossy and his four-piece band will hit the road in November and December 2019 for a national six-week run which will see the globally respected songwriter and legendary guitarist performing iconic tracks from Matchbook as well as more fan favourites. See Eventfinda for more information.

Start Date:
23/11/2019 View more details

Ingress XM Anomaly - Umbra Newcastle

Ingress is an online mobile phone game enjoyed by millions worldwide. Meet players from all corners of the globe for a weekend gathering of fun, friendship and exploration in beautiful Newcastle! Newcastle has been chosen to host a special event called an Anomaly. Ingress players, or Agents, are divided into two factions, Enlightened and Resistance, competing in a complex strategy game similar to capture the flag. Groups of Agents explore the real world to interact with culturally significant locations, or portals, for their team’s tactical advantage. See the world around you in a whole new light as you discover public art, landmarks and monuments with your team.

Start Date:
12/10/2019 View more details

Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers Australian Tour Newcastle

Three time Grammy winner, Actor, storyteller and country music superstar Kris Kristofferson returns to Australia and New Zealand for a national tour with band The Strangers this September and October! Having accomplished more in his lifetime than most performers dream of, Kris Kristofferson has recorded over 30 albums and written some of the greatest songs of all time. Music fans will not want to miss the opportunity to see the original A Star Is Born legend and Country Music Hall of Fame’s Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers live on stage performing the hits from the Kristofferson songbook.

Start Date:
29/09/2019 View more details

Music on a Plate #1 - Italian Soul with Heather Price

Local performer Heather Price brings her soulful songs complete with double bass, to accompany the heart-warming Italian food of The Umbrian. Their 2018 Music on a Plate series was sold out within days - don't delay! Please arrive half hour early.

Start Date:
10/08/2019 View more details

Music on a Plate #2 - Vive la France! - Newcastle Music Festival

Following the success of Bach and Friends in the 2018 Festival, they are delighted to welcome back Peter Guy, Music Director of Christ Church Cathedral, in a lunchtime concert of French organ works, closing with Widor's magnificent Toccata. To set the scene, themed food is available from 12 noon.

Start Date:
14/08/2019 View more details

Music on a Plate #3 - Gypsy Dreaming at Momo Wholefood - Newcastle Music Festival

The amazing klezmer sounds of Baltic Bar Mitzvah (featuring accordion, clarinet and horn) meet a vibrant, two course, vegetarian, gypsy inspired feast prepared by Momo Wholefood, using seasonally available produce. Please arrive half hour early for seating.

Start Date:
16/08/2019 View more details

Music Teachers' Association of NSW Piano Scholarships Competition

The Newcastle Music Festival and the Music Teachers' Association of NSW (Newcastle) join to present the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award for young pianists. Enjoy the performances of these gifted young competitors and adjudication by Helen Smith. Free admission for observers - tickets not required.

Start Date:
17/08/2019 View more details

New Constellations - Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra - Newcastle Music Festival

The Newcastle Music Festival is delighted to welcome the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra to the 2019 Festival. Founded under the Artistic Direction of renowned musician and educator, the late Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra is a world-class orchestra of leading Australian musicians. The Orchestra is dedicated to the performance of Classical and Romantic orchestral and chamber music repertoire in historically informed style on period instruments. Felix Mendelssohn | Octet for Strings in E-flat Major Johannes Brahms | Serenade No.1 in D Major for Nonet

Start Date:
17/08/2019 View more details

Newcastle Music Festival

Newcastle Music Festival is an annual good music festival held in August each year. Starting this year with a Festival Prequel on July 30, the Festival extends to August 18, with 33 different concerts and recitals as well as masterclass and competition events. The annual Festival attracts performers from overseas and other world class guest performers based in Australia along with brilliant local musicians. Patrons will not only see and hear some stunning performances of wonderful music (with a world premiere or two), but will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the area, the scenic harbour, the great café lifestyle and the chance to visit the vineyards of Pokolbin and the Hunter.

Start Date:
06/08/2019 View more details

Newcastle Pride Festival

The 2019 Newcastle Pride Festival is Newcastle’s second Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Pride Festival. Thursday, 22 August: Serving in Silence exhibition – Local History Lounge, Newcastle Library. This exhibition showcases the history of LGBTIQ military service in Australia since World War II via photographs, objects, documents and life stories. Friday, 23 August Launch event: Twisted Cabaret – Newcastle City Hall. An night of twisted camp carry-on in one of Newcastle’s most unique and prestigious venues. Saturday, 24 August: Pride Fair Day - Foreshore Park, Newcastle East. A community family Fair Day with music, market stalls, community information stalls, food stalls, youth workshops, children’s activities, Doggywood parade, drag shows and other entertainment. Saturday evening, 24 August: Heaven and Hell Dance Party Dance party featuring DJ Victoria Anthony | DJ Mason Andrews and entertainment. There will also be a Return to the 80’s Dance party featuring DJ’s and drag shows from Pipers. Sunday, 25 August: Short ‘n Curlies Matinée and High Tea Enjoy a Sunday afternoon matinée of Short Queer Films hosted by comical movie reviewers David and Margaret, while enjoying a high tea and a glass of bubbly.

Start Date:
22/08/2019 View more details

Newcastle Whisky and Craft Spirit Festival

Newcastle's first ever Whisky and Craft Spirit Festival will be hosted at Babylon on Saturday 24 August 2019. 30 stallholders will be in attendance representing over 50 brands including whisky, rum, gin and vodka distillers, plus more. Tickets are strictly limited to get in fast to secure yours.

Start Date:
24/08/2019 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:
05/04/2020 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:
15/02/2020 View more details

Opera Cocktails - Newcastle Music Festival

Enjoy cocktails, canapés and favourite excerpts from opera, among the entries for the Kilgour Prize, awarded for portrait and figurative paintings. Performers Malgorzata Wiśniewska (soprano), Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Martin Buckingham (tenor) and Erin Sweetman (piano) will entertain you. Complimentary beverage on arrival.

Start Date:
16/08/2019 View more details

Port to Port MTB

Celebrating its seventh year anniversary, Port to Port MTB is a four-day mountain bike stage race set in the stunning surrounds of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Region 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:
21/05/2020 View more details

Raspopova plays Chopin - Newcastle Music Festival

Maria Raspopova is Co-Artistic Director of the brilliant Omega Ensemble, and joins the Christ Church Camerata Quartet in a concert featuring solo piano works of Chopin, as well his first piano concerto, arranged for piano and string quartet.

Start Date:
14/08/2019 View more details

Scene and Heard Festival

The hotly anticipated line up for Scene and Heard has landed. Hitting three locations including Cairns, Brisbane and Newcastle this October and November, festival organisers have locked in a line up for Newcastle. Scene and Heard is creating more than a festival. It’s creating a connection to a time. A time before people cared about 'likes', and festival moments weren't instagram opportunities but collective memories.

Start Date:
10/11/2019 View more details

Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon

The 27th 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:
23/02/2020 View more details

Swan Lake – Imperial Russian Ballet Company Newcastle

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia with Swan Lake - the most loved classical ballet of them all. This masterpiece ballet is presented in two acts and follows the original storyline. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company. Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994, headed by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia.

Start Date:
15/10/2019 View more details

The Doors Alive Newcastle

Direct from the UK, The Doors Alive are the number one Doors tribute band. Performing all The Doors classics 'Light My Fire', 'Break on Through', 'Riders On The Storm', 'People Are Strange', 'L.A.Woman', 'The End', 'Roadhouse Blues', 'Love Her Madly' plus more.

Start Date:
24/07/2019 View more details

The Newcastle Flame: Storytelling

Newcastle Flame is a brand new event for those passionate about the art of storytelling. Join them for an intimate evening of adventure, replete with tales of life changing excitement from a tantalising variety of storytellers. If true stories are your game, then attend the Newcastle Flame! You’ll hear thing to make you think, you’ll hear things you wont believe.

Start Date:
10/11/2018 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:
06/04/2019 View more details

The Wide Open Sky - Newcastle Music Festival

The well-loved Newcastle University Choir performs a concert of Australian works celebrating the wide open spaces of their beautiful country, and premieres a new commissioned work by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

Start Date:
17/08/2019 View more details

This is Not Art

This Is Not Art - known to friends as TiNA - is a national emerging 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 Labour Day long weekend (September/October). 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 150-190 free 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, with Special Guest We Don't Dance, a Newcastle based music and collaborative arts collective.

Start Date:
03/10/2019 View more details