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Arts and culture festival lights up Newcastle

A mesmerizing mass dance performance at the Civic Theater kicks off the City of Newcastle’s flagship cultural festival with a bang.

Promising 10 unforgettable days of performances in the city center from now until 2nd October, the New Annual brings locals and visitors to Newcastle through an immersive program of music, theater, visual arts and Indigenous workshops. You will be able to discover another side of

Newcastle Mayor Nuatali Nermes said he was thrilled that 12 months of preparation had come to fruition ahead of the planned event schedule.

“The result of months of planning and hard work has resulted in a dynamic event with broad appeal, attracting new audiences to the wealth of talent present in a thriving arts and culture scene, while at the same time helping domestic artists It provides a platform for exhibiting work in the city,” she explained.

“There is so much to see and do around the city during the 10 days of the festival, including a busy program at the dedicated Civic Park Stage, which serves as the festival hub for the duration of the event and showcases just about everything. Presenting art-making workshops and dance performances to the National Young Artists Festival and Future Innovators Summit.

“The Civic Theater will also host countless shows throughout the festival, including the incredible spectacle of the Colossus making its debut in Newcastle. [this weekend] A cast of 50 dancers perform as one in a hypnotic display created by internationally renowned Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake.

“As with the first New Annual, this year’s festival has a strong Indigenous program that reflects the rich heritage of Indigenous peoples, and the Pavilion of Sand installation at Wheeler Place is a platform for Indigenous cultural expression. Offering a groundbreaking musical showcase, This Land celebrates the sound and soul of many nations in this country through an incredible line-up of First Nations artists curated by Jacob Ridgeway. , and spirit.

“With a mix of free, ticketed and family-friendly events, our new annual will allow everyone to experience the fun, festive atmosphere of our flagship event. I can’t wait to see.”

Centered around the Civic Precinct, the New Annual stretches across the city, bringing to life a variety of locations including iconic locations such as Fort Scratchley, the Civic Theater and The Station, which will become a temporary film set as part of Radial. blow in. A collaboration with Civic Theatre, Tantrum Youth Arts’ Accelerate Ensemble, and the internationally acclaimed Back to Back Theater.

The new annual also offers many opportunities for the community to get involved in the action, including workshops with family-friendly favorite Curious Legends. This workshop invites festival-goers of all ages to help create the massive giant lighted puppets that culminate in the community. Celebration of the last day of the festival.

Cr Nelmes said the new annual will also bring a significant economic boost to the arts, hospitality and tourism sectors, while celebrating and showcasing creative cities.

“This is all thanks to the support of presenters Newcastle and Hunter Universities, Central Coast Development Corporation, key partner Newcastle Airport and supporters Crystalbrook Kingsley, Foghorn Brewery, Equip Multimedia, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newcastle and Newcastle Transport. It is now possible.” added.

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