Spewcastle, spelling bee, strangers and fake news on arts festival line-up
First details of This is Not Art 2017 have today been released to the public, with locals and visitors encouraged to save the date for the free October long weekend arts festival.
This year's program features extravagant singalongs, performance lectures, blogging, poetry, gaming, cartooning, a spelling bee, dance, roving artist talks, witchcraft, drama, comedy, song writing and more.
With a focus on engaging with the local community, activating venues across the CBD and blurring the boundaries between writing, performance, visual arts and critical thinking, This is Not Art 2017 will offer an array of workshops, panels, performances and special events for those interested in exploring thought-provoking contemporary arts.
Festival Producer Christina Robberds said This is Not Art (TiNA) will run from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October and will celebrate Newcastle as a first-rate creative city.
"We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and we really want people who haven't been to the festival before to come along and be inspired," Ms Robberds said.
"There will be more than 150 sessions as part of This is Not Art 2017 and they're all free. This is such a valuable opportunity for people to experience the joy of the performance, writing and interactive art installations right here in Newcastle," she said.
"The festival has become an integral part of the nation's arts calendar. Artists from around the country converge on Newcastle to share ideas, meet like-minded creative collaborators, and test work in a safe and supportive environment."
Anyone can attend the free festival, and tickets aren't required. For program updates, follow This is Not Art on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TINAFestival/) and on Instagram (@thisisnotart).
"The fact that we have a large-scale experimental arts festival outside a major capital city helps encourage and facilitate increased engagement with the arts and helps build pathways for local artists and those working in the creative industries," Ms Robberds said.
While the full details of the program won't be released until late August, Christina Robberds has revealed some of the program highlights for 2017:
This year the festival will take place across 20 venues, including The Lock-Up, Watt Space Gallery, Civic Park, Vinyl Cafe, The Royal Exchange, Alchemy Cafe and TAFE NSW Hunter St.
"As well as reinforcing Newcastle's reputation as a creative city, This is Not Art is also good for our economy, with around half of all attendees coming from outside of the region last year."
This is Not Art (TiNA) began life in 1998 as the National Young Writers' Festival and the National Student Media Conference. The festival's original
founder Mr Marcus Westbury, said, "I find it almost impossible to believe that after two decades TiNA is still going strong."
"The festival has played a vital role in bringing generations of young, talented, creative people to Newcastle, nurturing Newcastle's talent and catalysing a national creative community,"Mr Westbury said.
This is Not Art 2017 is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, The City of Newcastle, the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW and Jennings Print.
About This is Not Art (TiNA)
This is Not Art (TiNA) is a four-day arts festival produced by Octapod. The festival will run in 20 venues over the October long weekend from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October. Each year, thousands of people attend the event, which comprises:
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.
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