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For 20 years This is Not Art (TiNA) has celebrated Newcastle as a first-rate creative city. The festival provides a national platform for experimental and emerging arts practices that supports artists to take risks, experiment, and extend the boundaries of their art forms and practices.  

Artist applications for 2017 are now closed. First program announcement in July. 

Here's what to expect in 2017....

In 2017 Crack Theatre Festival will present a smaller festival program that strongly supports the development of new work.

They will offer solid support across the year, facilitating artists to hone their practice through assistance finding development space, connections to artists and arts organisations, dramaturgical and producing support, one-on-one meetings, and meaningful in-depth feedback.


In 2017 NYWF will celebrate two decades of the writerly extravaganza that is NYWF by doing what they always do (with only a small amount of navel gazing).


In 2017 Critical Animals will present an intellectually robust yet accessible program of audience-focused events - conversation is key. Critical Animals in particular endeavours to catalyse, strengthen, and explore the links between creative practice and theory. They have a flexible definition of research that encompasses creative, experimental, interrogative, discursive, and practice-led approaches.


About TiNA

This is Not Art (TiNA) celebrates Newcastle as a first rate creative city.

Now in its 20th year, the festival has become an integral part of Newcastle’s arts calendar as artists from around the country converge on the city over the October long weekend to share ideas, meet like-minded creative and potential collaborators, and test work in a safe and supportive environment.

TiNA is produced by Octapod, one of NSW's leading regional arts and cultural organisations in partnership with longstanding co-presenters National Young Writers' Festival (NYWF), Crack Theatre Festival and Critical Animals.

TiNA is a national platform that supports artists to take risks, experiment, and extend the boundaries of their artforms and practices. With a focus on engaging with the local community, activating multiple venues across the CBD and blurring the boundaries between writing, performance, visual arts and critical thinking, TiNA 2017 will offer an array of workshops, panels, installations, performances and special events for those interested in exploring experimental and thought provoking contemporary arts.

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Contact us to find out more about TiNA or if you want to get involved as a partner or volunteer.

E: admin@octapod.org

T: 02 4021 1605




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