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About This is Not Art (TiNA) 

For 21 years This is Not Art (TiNA) has celebrated Newcastle as a first-rate creative city. As one of Australia's leading contemporary and emerging arts festivals, TiNA provides a national platform for experimental and emerging arts practices. The festival supports artists to take risks, experiment, and extend the boundaries of their art forms and practices.  

A four-day festival produced by Octapod in partnership with three co-presenters, National Young Writers' Festival (NYWF), Crack X and Critical Animals, the festival activates over 20 venues in Newcastle CBD annually in late September/early October. Each year, over 2000 people attend the event, which comprises:

  • National Young Writers' Festival - the country's largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms including zines, comics, blogging, screenwriting, poetry, spoken word, hip hop, journalism, autobiography, comedy, song writing and prose.

  • CRACK X - live performance that lives between the cracks. A festival of new performance, made by new artists and experienced artists trying new ideas, entirely programmed from open submissions. 

  • Critical Animals - a creative research symposium for students, researchers, writers, artists, thinkers and curious individuals who are engaged with creative and experimental art practices. The event is an opportunity to engage and participate in dynamic discussions of new ideas, present papers and ongoing research, as well as challenge creative practices and work collaboratively with others in the field. 

This is Not Art (TiNA) began life in 1998 as the National Young Writers' Festival and the National Student Media Conference. These two events took place in the week after the Newcastle Fringe Festival. With the addition of Electrofringe in 1999 and Sound Summit in 2000, the name This is Not Art was adopted to reflect the very different but interconnected events.

Octapod is one of NSW's leading regional arts service organisations, providing leadership and cultural development initiatives to enhance the capacity of the region's existing and emerging creative communities.

This is Not Art contact info:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TINAFestival/
Instagram: @thisisnotart   
Twitter: @thisisnotart
Festival Producer: Christina Robberds - 0415 699 227 | admin@octapod.org






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