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Thursday
28 September

The Updater
Throughout Festival

The Updater

Crack Theatre Festival

A daily This is Not Art newspaper that features contributions from Festival artists and breaking Festival news. Hand screen printed on demand.

Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor
10:00 - 16:30

Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor

Critical Animals

A live sound installation converting wave data collected from buoys near Australia’s offshore detention centres into an unrepentant, face-melting siren.

Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way Forecourt.

Sticker Protest
10:00 - 17:00

Sticker Protest

Critical Animals

Visual artist Nina Ross invites audiences to engage with ongoing issues of fair pay for artists through a playful sticker protest in unexpected locations throughout the festival.

Roving through different event locations.

The Shape of Memory
10:00 - 17:00

The Shape of Memory

Critical Animals

The Shape of Memory explores giving a form or shape to the intangible concept of memory and its effects on our past, present and future.

In partnership with The Lock-Up.

Exhibition runs till 15 October 2017.

 

Three Page Story
10:00 - 17:00

Three Page Story

Critical Animals

Ex-student of Newcastle Art School, Stephanie Gobor initiates an exhibition involving collaboration between art students and creative writers.

26/9/17 - 28/9/17


Younger Young Writers' Program
13:00 - 16:00

Younger Young Writers' Program

National Young Writers Festival

Two days chockablock with workshops and panels, designed especially for writers under 18. 

Three Page Story Exhibition Opening
14:00 - 16:00

Three Page Story Exhibition Opening

Critical Animals

Meet and celebrate with TAFE’s printmaking students at the exhibition opening of Three Page Story, a collaboration between art students and writers.

NYWF Class of 2017 Mixer Event
16:00 - 16:45

NYWF Class of 2017 Mixer Event

National Young Writers Festival

That awkward first hour of the dance, where people cling to the walls and subtly check name tags. Embrace that feeling! Icky ice-breakers and gooby getting-to-know-you games.


E-Lit Reading
17:00 - 17:45

E-Lit Reading

National Young Writers Festival

 

Whether it be twine game, chatbot, or hypertext poetry, these artists discuss the limitation, provocation and potential of digital meaning-making.


 

Festival Game
Warning 17:00 - 17:45 16:00 - 16:45

Festival Game

National Young Writers Festival

It's the NYWF Festival Game! Join Georgia Symons for a fun, weird, fun, happy, fun time!

Festival Feast
18:30 - 20:30

Festival Feast

Crack Theatre Festival

You made it! The Festival has begun and we are ravenous. Share your favourite eats with all your favourite new friends and plan your Festival schedule.

Son of Satan's Wife the Fourth
18:45 - 19:45

Son of Satan's Wife the Fourth

Crack Theatre Festival

Being the son of Satan's Wife is not fun, but life can get funny and confusing when your mum has multiple personalities.


Speculative Memories: Part #4 The Objectorium
19:00 - 22:00

Speculative Memories: Part #4 The Objectorium

Critical Animals

This digital interactive piece investigates notions of personal and public memory. This work looks at ideas of distortion, identity, control and social construction.

Affect Me
19:30 - 20:15

Affect Me

Crack Theatre Festival

After having coffee with a stranger, Bonnie spends the day devising a performance about their interactions to share with the stranger that evening.

Letters to John
20:00 - 21:00

Letters to John

Crack Theatre Festival

Ever fallen for someone mortally offensive? Come on a “will they, won’t they” journey with flow charts, feelings and ukuleles.


A Rose Among Horns
21:15 - 22:15

A Rose Among Horns

Crack Theatre Festival

In a sleepy town where taking the easy path has become the norm, a father makes one small decision that changes everything.

Every/Nowhere
22:30 - 23:30

Every/Nowhere

Crack Theatre Festival

An immersive audio-guided experience for 10, every/nowhere examines how memory creates home wherever you are from what is missing in your landscape.

Late Night Readings: Home and Away
22:30 - 23:45

Late Night Readings: Home and Away

National Young Writers Festival

Come end the day's festivities with readings from the nation's best and brightest writers. Tonight's theme will take us to places familiar and foreign - not necessarily Summer Bay, but we won't be mad if someone goes there.

Friday
29 September

The Updater
Throughout Festival

The Updater

Crack Theatre Festival

A daily This is Not Art newspaper that features contributions from Festival artists and breaking Festival news. Hand screen printed on demand.

Coming into Culture
10:00 - 10:45

Coming into Culture

National Young Writers Festival

Keeping to your roots and writing as an expat or child of migrants.

Artist-led
10:00 - 11:00

Artist-led

Critical Animals

Artist-led discusses the tactics artists use to comment on the community they produce work within. This panel will be recorded and broadcast on FBi Radio’s Canvas: Art & Ideas on Sunday 1 October.

Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor
10:00 - 16:30

Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor

Critical Animals

A live sound installation converting wave data collected from buoys near Australia’s offshore detention centres into an unrepentant, face-melting siren.

Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way Forecourt.

 

Three Page Story
10:00 - 17:00

Three Page Story

Critical Animals

Ex-student of Newcastle Art School, Stephanie Gobor initiates an exhibition involving collaboration between art students and creative writers.

Monday, 26 September - Thursday, 28 September

 

Sticker Protest
10:00 - 17:00

Sticker Protest

Critical Animals

Visual artist Nina Ross invites audiences to engage with ongoing issues of fair pay for artists through a playful sticker protest in unexpected locations throughout the festival.

Roving through different event locations.


 

The Shape of Memory
10:00 - 17:00

The Shape of Memory

Critical Animals

The Shape of Memory explores giving a form or shape to the intangible concept of memory and its effects on our past, present and future.

In partnership with The Lock-Up.

Exhibition runs till 15 October 2017

TiNA Talk: Art and The Body
11:00 - 12:30

TiNA Talk: Art and The Body

Crack Theatre Festival

Artists with a breadth of knowledge on The Body deliver a presentation before we launch into fruitful discussion.


Copywriting and Professional Communication Workshop
11:00 - 12:45

Copywriting and Professional Communication Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

Learn how to turn your casual comms into sparkling copy, fit for any target audience.

Can't Get the Country OUT
12:00 - 12:45

Can't Get the Country OUT

National Young Writers Festival

Living in rural areas has many drawbacks for young writers. But what about the pros? Country kids discuss the indelible mark growing up 'bush' has on their writing.


Words Against Violence
12:00 - 12:45

Words Against Violence

National Young Writers Festival

How do we respond to a world of violence, injustice, and war? Here, writers will discuss how they meet this challenge in their work.

1/15 Ross Street Open Improvisation
Warning 12:00 - 14:00 13:00 - 15:00

1/15 Ross Street Open Improvisation

Crack Theatre Festival

Viviane and Kimberley create by long-form improvisation. Watch them find interactions between each other, found objects and the architecture of their new venue.


Poetry Lunch #1
13:00 - 13:45

Poetry Lunch #1

National Young Writers Festival

Back by popular demand and hungry tummies. Get a bite to eat and hear some poetry!


The 'Real' World
13:00 - 15:00

The 'Real' World

Critical Animals

Get diagnosed at the door and experience the interface with the 'real' world. An immersive, sensory journey explore disability advocacy.

Integrated Dance-Theatre Workshop
13:00 - 15:00

Integrated Dance-Theatre Workshop

Crack Theatre Festival

Join contemporary dance legend Michael Hennessey and the Sprung!! company and discover the profound freedom of play in their integrated performance making.

Get Organised and Get Paid Workshop
13:30 - 15:15

Get Organised and Get Paid Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

"Did you receive my invoice?" is a mantra in the freelancing world. Get equipped with the skills to organise your $$.


What the Spewcastle?!?!
14:00 - 14:10

What the Spewcastle?!?!

National Young Writers Festival

Penis towers, obelisks, lighthouses like chess piece rooks ... a theme is emerging. Poets and writers scour Newcastle's streets, creating pieces on the urban landscape before our very eyes.

Meet outside Civic Digest. 

 

The Unlimits of Truth
14:00 - 14:45

The Unlimits of Truth

National Young Writers Festival

What happens when a novelist mines from their own life, or a non-fiction writer invents scenes and events that never happened? Join us for this exploration into the limits of truth.

Wax Scientifical
15:00 - 15:45

Wax Scientifical

National Young Writers Festival

Science writing is about details, much like writing in minutae. Let's blur the lines between science and art and watch it disintegrate into truth.

Word Nerds Grammar Gabbers
15:00 - 15:45

Word Nerds Grammar Gabbers

National Young Writers Festival

Words are real good! Grammar are better. These two pedants will spin you some feghoots and redraft your malaphors.


Intoxication
15:30 - 16:30

Intoxication

Critical Animals

Intimacy is dead, and we’re partying with its corpse. Intoxication is a post-dramatic patchwork about the fear of being alone.

Every/Nowhere
15:30 - 16:30

Every/Nowhere

Crack Theatre Festival

 

An immersive audio-guided experience for 10, every/nowhere examines how memory creates home wherever you are from what is missing in your landscape.

 

Poetry and Visual Art Workshop
15:30 - 17:15

Poetry and Visual Art Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

 

Come join us here, at the place where poetry meets image. A workshop where you'll learn to capture the spirit of an image with words.

 

Student Media Symposium
15:30 - 17:15

Student Media Symposium

National Young Writers Festival

An annual coming together of the nation's student media outlets, discussing everything from wrangling volunteers to healthy work environments.


SADISCO
15:30 - 20:00

SADISCO

Critical Animals

Conflating sad, sadism and disco, SADISCO explores an excruciating fusion of pleasure with politics, singing with liberation, glitter with guts.

Going Off Script
16:00 - 16:45

Going Off Script

National Young Writers Festival

The writer's role on stage, film, TV and the net varies, but all must negotiate the difficulties of their words leaving the page.


Very Big Bird
16:00 - 17:00

Very Big Bird

Crack Theatre Festival

Sophisticated Puppet-Woman is haunted by the flaws of her creator, and a large obdurate Bird. Attempts to woo polite society.

Our Place & Other Parts of Us
16:30 - 17:15

Our Place & Other Parts of Us

National Young Writers Festival

Three Aboriginal writers discuss how they navigate place, identity and all the other parts of themselves in their writing.

 

Fake News Gameshow
17:00 - 17:45

Fake News Gameshow

National Young Writers Festival

We have only the fakest news. This news, it is fake. Make America fake again. Audience participation encouraged.

Single Leg
Warning 17:00 - 18:00 21:00 - 22:00

Single Leg

Crack Theatre Festival
Warning Secret Location / N/A Gracie Barra Newcastle City

Nick has been trying to learn the sport of wrestling for 10 years. Should he keep trying? (Features live wrestling).

Son of Satan's Wife the Fourth
17:00 - 18:00

Son of Satan's Wife the Fourth

Crack Theatre Festival

Being the son of Satan's Wife is not fun, but life can get funny and confusing when your mum has multiple personalities.

Reading Night in Translation
17:00 - 18:15

Reading Night in Translation

National Young Writers Festival

Hear these writers read pieces in a language other than English and bask in the understanding that can transcend language barriers.

Maintain the Rage
17:30 - 18:15

Maintain the Rage

National Young Writers Festival

 Activist writing comes in many forms, but even the most passionate people can be undone by media backlash.

 

 

No Empire
17:30 - 18:15

No Empire

National Young Writers Festival

 

How can we decolonise our writing in a time of renewed empire building? Join us as we talk writing and resistance from the ground floor.


 

1/15 Ross Street
17:30 - 18:30

1/15 Ross Street

Crack Theatre Festival

This site specific dance duet set in an iconic Australian backyard explores two women's intimate realms - their suburban mundanity as poetic surrealism.

 

Games: Write, Play, Repeat
18:00 - 18:45

Games: Write, Play, Repeat

National Young Writers Festival

What role does writing have in games? Everything! Join us for a discussion of the powers, practice, and pitfalls of storytelling in games

Made in Aotearoa
18:00 - 19:45

Made in Aotearoa

National Young Writers Festival

They say the best writers in Australia come from New Zealand. Here, to put that to the test, we gather the finest, hottest writers from the right side of the Tasman to showcase their absurdly great talents.



My Sandman
18:00 - 20:00

My Sandman

Crack Theatre Festival

A one-on-one performance piece about generating dreams using music, soundscapes, recordings and compositions.

 

Galaxy Web
18:00 - 23:30

Galaxy Web

National Young Writers Festival

The Galaxy Web is calling you! An evening of collaborative performances, art and adventure. Drop in and have your mind blown.

Baby Shower
18:30 - 19:45

Baby Shower

National Young Writers Festival

We're having a BAAAABY! Actually, lots of babies. Come and celebrate with everyone who has birthed a paper baby into the world this year.


The Great Debate
18:30 - 20:30

The Great Debate

Crack Theatre Festival

In a formal debate, teams of CTF Alumni battle it out to contest Crack Theatre Festival's viability for 2018 and Beyond.

Dating an Artist is Definitely the Worst Thing You Can Do
19:00 - 19:45

Dating an Artist is Definitely the Worst Thing You Can Do

National Young Writers Festival

Much like that time I dated identical twins, being with a fellow creative can have high highs and low lows. Should you dip your nib in the office ink?

Speculative Memories: Part #4 The Objectorium
19:00 - 22:00

Speculative Memories: Part #4 The Objectorium

Critical Animals

This digital interactive piece investigates notions of personal and public memory. This work looks at ideas of distortion, identity, control and social construction.

Affect Me
19:30 - 20:15

Affect Me

Crack Theatre Festival

After having coffee with a stranger, Bonnie spends the day devising a performance about their interactions to share with the stranger that evening.

come here, kom-my
19:30 - 20:15

come here, kom-my

Crack Theatre Festival

A solo show about what it means to be a New Zealand born daughter of Cambodian immigrants; an exploration of culture and theatre.

Share House
20:00 - 21:00

Share House

Crack Theatre Festival

5 housemates encounter the tensions and joys of cohabitation as they dream of throwing the ultimate dance party.

Maddie Is Hamlet
21:00 - 21:45

Maddie Is Hamlet

Crack Theatre Festival

I never fully appreciated Hamlet as a character until my dad died in October last year, and now I am Hamlet.


A Rose Among Horns
22:00 - 23:00

A Rose Among Horns

Crack Theatre Festival

In a sleepy town where taking the easy path has become the norm, a father makes one small decision that changes everything.

Late Night Readings: Turning Points
22:30 - 23:45

Late Night Readings: Turning Points

National Young Writers Festival

Come end the day's festivities with readings from the nation's best and brightest writers. U-turns, hook turns, or a complete 180. What made these writers reel?

Saturday
30 September

The Updater
Throughout Festival

The Updater

Crack Theatre Festival

A daily This is Not Art newspaper that features contributions from Festival artists and breaking Festival news. Hand screen printed on demand.

Applespiel's Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show
9:00 - 11:00

Applespiel's Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show

Crack Theatre Festival

Good morning listeners, welcome to another beautiful morning on Applespiel.fm. Tune in to catch your favourite hosts, freshest beats, the hottest news and biggest laughs.

Writing for Kids and Young People
10:00 - 10:45

Writing for Kids and Young People

National Young Writers Festival

What makes young readers tick? Four writers talk about what sets it apart, the challenges, and the practice of writing for younger readers.


Internal Strife
10:00 - 10:45

Internal Strife

National Young Writers Festival

Working for nothing in the arts is increasingly common. But what can you get out of an internship, and how do you know you're not being exploited?

Critical Suburbia
10:00 - 11:45

Critical Suburbia

Critical Animals

Launch of Karen Lowry’s “Chamberlain Street” (suburban poetry game) and discussion of Digital Humanities as Critical Theory with Bill Pascoe.

Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor
10:00 - 16:30

Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor

Critical Animals

A live sound installation converting wave data collected from buoys near Australia’s offshore detention centres into an unrepentant, face-melting siren.

Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way Forecourt.

Sticker Protest
10:00 - 17:00

Sticker Protest

Critical Animals

Visual artist Nina Ross invites audiences to engage with ongoing issues of fair pay for artists through a playful sticker protest in unexpected locations throughout the festival.

Roving through different event locations.

The Shape of Memory
10:00 - 17:00

The Shape of Memory

Critical Animals

The Shape of Memory explores giving a form or shape to the intangible concept of memory and its effects on our past, present and future.

In partnership with The Lock-Up.

Exhibition runs till 15 October 2017

FBi Radio Presents
11:00 - 11:45

FBi Radio Presents

National Young Writers Festival

The hosts of FBi's Backchat Radio, Osman Faruqi and Ariel Bogle, will chat politics with festival artists.


TiNA Talk: Art and Audience
11:00 - 12:30

TiNA Talk: Art and Audience

Crack Theatre Festival

Artists with a breadth of knowledge on Audience deliver a presentation before we launch into fruitful discussion.

Tiny Boat Presents: Survival Zines Workshop
11:00 - 12:45

Tiny Boat Presents: Survival Zines Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

Let Vince Ruston be your personal Doomsday prepper: they'll help you create a survival zine for all those moments of self-doubt, illness or crisis.

Coding Club for the Computer-Averse
11:00 - 12:45

Coding Club for the Computer-Averse

National Young Writers Festival

Are you a tech-daunted writer looking dip a toe into digital creativity? You've come to the right place. Talk and learn coding in this cool club.

Contact Improvisation Workshop
11:00 - 14:00

Contact Improvisation Workshop

Crack Theatre Festival

Open to all levels of experience. Come and play with the rolling point, the tipping point, the exploration of falling and momentum, release and strength.

SADISCO
11:00 - 18:00

SADISCO

Critical Animals

Conflating sad, sadism and disco, SADISCO explores an excruciating fusion of pleasure with politics, singing with liberation, glitter with guts.

Emerging Editors
12:00 - 12:45

Emerging Editors

National Young Writers Festival

What makes a good pitch or sparkling copy? Some of the nation's new and emerging editors give you the insider tips.

(Care)ering for Yourself
12:00 - 12:45

(Care)ering for Yourself

National Young Writers Festival

Care about your career but also care about your person? Do you want to?

a complified unified theory of you (me)
12:00 - 15:00

a complified unified theory of you (me)

Critical Animals

Part-performance, part-sly-participatory event, part-song-and-dance trance, artists Vidya Rajan & Nithya Nagarajan invite you to create a completely unified theory of them.

These Romans Are Crazy: How Asterix and Obelix can help us understand the age of alternative facts
12:30 - 13:30

These Romans Are Crazy: How Asterix and Obelix can help us understand the age of alternative facts

Critical Animals

A performance lecture addressing how being historically hoodwinked as children has made us a passive audience to the lies our leaders tell us.

Poetry Lunch #2
13:00 - 13:45

Poetry Lunch #2

National Young Writers Festival

Back by popular demand and hungry tummies. Get a bite to eat and hear some poetry!


Writing Animals
14:00 - 14:45

Writing Animals

National Young Writers Festival

The ethics, responsibilities and techniques that apply when writing about our non-human friends.


No Country for Old White Men
14:00 - 14:45

No Country for Old White Men

National Young Writers Festival

"We need more diversity", they cry, scrabbling for a token minority writer. But how can we move forward and smash those glass ceilings and ivory towers?

Solo
14:00 - 15:30

Solo

Crack Theatre Festival

Solo is a love letter to anyone who has ever worried about what the f**k they are doing with their lives.

 

 

Waking Up
14:00 - 15:45

Waking Up

Critical Animals

In a world where socially engaged art is more important than ever, how do artists work ethically with communities?

Quit Making Excuses Workshop
14:00 - 15:45

Quit Making Excuses Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

There are many things in the world that make writers blocked. Be it burn out, niggling doubts, jobs or pets, the world is full of distractions. Gabrielle Tozer has been through it all and is ready to help you.

Grand Final Commentary
14:00 - 17:00

Grand Final Commentary

National Young Writers Festival

"Go the maggots!" "What a good catch." "How many points is that again?" Grand final commentary like you've never heard it before. Super sports open mic at half time.


Growing Up Asian in Australia
14:30 - 15:15

Growing Up Asian in Australia

National Young Writers Festival

In partnership with OzAsia: 10 years on from Alice Pung's anthology, what's changed? Asian-identifying writers only are welcome to this closed session.

Show and Tell
15:00 - 15:45

Show and Tell

National Young Writers Festival

Gather 'round children. It's comics time. Take a chair as four comicbook makers share their work, inspiration and processes.

Writing Towards Healing
15:00 - 15:45

Writing Towards Healing

National Young Writers Festival

Writing can be stressful. Learn how to keep it together under the pressures of deadlines and other conditions.


Lyrical Poetry vs Experimental Poetry
15:00 - 15:45

Lyrical Poetry vs Experimental Poetry

National Young Writers Festival

"Go down /
the /
r a b b i t h o l e
For decades the line has been drawn,
and brok
en

It's time to settle the score! Traditional and experimental poets battle it out. Whose poetry will reign supreme?"

Critical Mass
15:00 - 16:00

Critical Mass

Critical Animals

Join Perth based performance poet Scott-Patrick Mitchell (SPM) for Critical Mass, an experimental, immersive poetry walking tour that aims to not only transform Newcastle, but you as well.

Commences Newcastle Museum and concludes at The Lock-Up


Alumni Ultimatum - Ne Oblivarus
15:30 - 16:30

Alumni Ultimatum - Ne Oblivarus

National Young Writers Festival

NYWF alumni over the past 20 years celebrate the festival and share their memories together.

come here, kom-my
16:00 - 16:45

come here, kom-my

Crack Theatre Festival

A solo show about what it means to be a New Zealand born daughter of Cambodian immigrants; an exploration of culture and theatre.

The Body Politic
16:00 - 16:45

The Body Politic

National Young Writers Festival

Don't be a Mia Freedman: four people talk about writing bodies that aren't your own in a constructive and supportive way.


Hot Tapes
16:00 - 16:45

Hot Tapes

National Young Writers Festival

In the age of hot takes and unnecessary comments, what makes a review stand out from the pack?

Infiltrate or Obliterate?
16:00 - 16:45

Infiltrate or Obliterate?

National Young Writers Festival

Mainstream Australian media is no friend to those just getting on their feet. How do we welcome a new generation of writers? Infiltration or obliteration?

Share House
16:00 - 17:00

Share House

Crack Theatre Festival
The Umbrian

5 housemates encounter the tensions and joys of cohabitation as they dream of throwing the ultimate dance party.

Tiny Diamonds Poetry Workshop
16:00 - 17:45

Tiny Diamonds Poetry Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

Take a moment with Chloe Mayne to focus your energy on a single object. Work as a group to transform your poem from haiku, to renga and before you know it you'll have 'found' a poem you never knew you had.

The Shape of Memory Exhibition Opening
16:00 - 19:00

The Shape of Memory Exhibition Opening

Critical Animals

Join us for the opening of The Shape of Memory, an exhibition which explores giving a form or shape to the intangible concept of memory and its effects on our past, present and future.

In partnership with The Lock-Up.

Exhibition runs till 15 October 2017

 

 

Comedy as a Weapon
17:00 - 17:45

Comedy as a Weapon

National Young Writers Festival

These conscientious objectors bring their rage to the page and make you gasp with laughs. But do comedians have an obligation to comment on the world?


Real Talk
17:00 - 17:45

Real Talk

National Young Writers Festival

The written word isn't for everyone. Capturing people in their own words in film, audio and theatre is important, especially for People of Colour and displaced or otherwise marginalised communities.


My Sandman
17:00 - 19:00

My Sandman

Crack Theatre Festival

A one-on-one performance piece about generating dreams using music, soundscapes, recordings and compositions.

 

Very Big Bird
17:30 - 18:30

Very Big Bird

Crack Theatre Festival

Sophisticated Puppet-Woman is haunted by the flaws of her creator, and a large obdurate Bird. Attempts to woo polite society.

1/15 Ross Street
17:30 - 18:30

1/15 Ross Street

Crack Theatre Festival

This site specific dance duet set in an iconic Australian backyard explores two women's intimate realms - their suburban mundanity as poetic surrealism.

Trajectory – Triple Bill
17:30 - 19:30

Trajectory – Triple Bill

Crack Theatre Festival

Short works developed by Tantrum's 2017 Trajectory Residency artists: AMOR by Stephanie Rochet; Sleep, perchance to dream by Alex Travers; Welcome by Allison van Gaal.

Sincerity is the New Black
18:00 - 18:45

Sincerity is the New Black

National Young Writers Festival

Is ironic distance dead? Is vulnerability, honesty, and sincerity the new black?


The Sound of Spaces
19:00 - 20:00

The Sound of Spaces

Crack Theatre Festival

Listen, blind-folded, to the intimate and unusual textures of a flute combined with organised noise, recorded moments we would not normally notice.

Speculative Memories: Part #4 The Objectorium
19:00 - 22:00

Speculative Memories: Part #4 The Objectorium

Critical Animals

This digital interactive piece investigates notions of personal and public memory. This work looks at ideas of distortion, identity, control and social construction.

Affect Me
19:30 - 20:15

Affect Me

Crack Theatre Festival

After having coffee with a stranger, Bonnie spends the day devising a performance about their interactions to share with the stranger that evening.

Single Leg
Warning 19:30 - 20:30 14:00 - 15:00

Single Leg

Crack Theatre Festival
Warning Secret Location / N/A Gracie Barra Newcastle City

Nick has been trying to learn the sport of wrestling for 10 years. Should he keep trying? (Features live wrestling).

Maddie Is Hamlet
20:00 - 20:45

Maddie Is Hamlet

Crack Theatre Festival

I never fully appreciated Hamlet as a character until my dad died in October last year, and now I am Hamlet.

#WTF Shorts
20:00 - 22:00

#WTF Shorts

Independent

Special Guests Sydney Underground Film Festival presents #WTF Shorts - a hyper-capitalist collision of post-narrative films that will activate spectatorship and obliterate the distinction between low and high art.

NYWF Ball: Class of 1998
20:00 - 23:45

NYWF Ball: Class of 1998

National Young Writers Festival

Take me back to 1998: Destiny's Child, Titanic, frosted tips and exposed midriffs left right and centre. And a little baby festival, taking its first steps in the world. Come celebrate our 20th birthday in true nineties style!

Letters to John
Warning 21:15 - 22:15 20:00 - 21:00

Letters to John

Crack Theatre Festival

Ever fallen for someone mortally offensive? Come on a “will they, won’t they” journey with flow charts, feelings and ukuleles.

The Birthday Party
Warning 22:30 - 00:15 22:00 - 23:45

The Birthday Party

Crack Theatre Festival

TiNA is 20. And she wants to party. 100% annecdotal evidence from SHATFACE and Friends and a swathe of special guests.

Sunday
1 October

The Updater
Throughout Festival

The Updater

Crack Theatre Festival

A daily This is Not Art newspaper that features contributions from Festival artists and breaking Festival news. Hand screen printed on demand.

Applespiel's Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show
9:00 - 11:00

Applespiel's Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show

Crack Theatre Festival

Good morning listeners, welcome to another beautiful morning on Applespiel.fm. Tune in to catch your favourite hosts, freshest beats, the hottest news and biggest laughs.

Feminist Pop Tarts: (De)constructing pop culture
10:00 - 12:00

Feminist Pop Tarts: (De)constructing pop culture

Critical Animals

Four academics and artists talk about the intersections between pop culture and feminism – the good, the bad and the debatable.

Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor
10:00 - 16:30

Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor

Critical Animals

A live sound installation converting wave data collected from buoys near Australia’s offshore detention centres into an unrepentant, face-melting siren.

Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way Forecourt.

Kraken Play
10:00 - 17:00

Kraken Play

Crack Theatre Festival

Four artists wash up on the Newcastle shoreline and attempt to build a raft that will take them home.

 

 

Sticker Protest
10:00 - 17:00

Sticker Protest

Critical Animals

Visual artist Nina Ross invites audiences to engage with ongoing issues of fair pay for artists through a playful sticker protest in unexpected locations throughout the festival.

Roving through different event locations.

The Shape of Memory
10:00 - 17:00

The Shape of Memory

Critical Animals

The Shape of Memory explores giving a form or shape to the intangible concept of memory and its effects on our past, present and future.

In partnership with The Lock-Up.

Exhibition runs till 15 October 2017

TiNA Talk: Art and Interculturalism
11:00 - 12:30

TiNA Talk: Art and Interculturalism

Crack Theatre Festival

Artists with a breadth of knowledge on the impact of Interculturalism deliver a presentation before we launch into fruitful discussion.

Experimental Poetry Workshop
11:00 - 12:45

Experimental Poetry Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

Caught on caesura? Intent on iambic? Pent up on pentameter? Throw the poesy out the window and get EXPER(mental). We've got the goss on L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, postmodern writers, minimalism and beyond.

Zine Fair
11:00 - 15:45

Zine Fair

National Young Writers Festival

Drop in and pick up the latest zines from around Australia and check out all that's groovin' DIY style.

 

Careers Day
11:00 - 15:45

Careers Day

National Young Writers Festival

Careers Day is back for another year. Learn from the best in the business on what you need to stay afloat and have a sustainable career.

Queerness in Fiction
12:00 - 12:45

Queerness in Fiction

National Young Writers Festival

Not all representation is good representation! Learn about examples of good and bad writing of LGBTQ characters.

Criticism for Accountability
12:30 - 14:30

Criticism for Accountability

Critical Animals

What is the responsibility of the critic to advocate for change? Three cultural commentators discuss the current state of arts criticism.

 

Every/Nowhere
13:00 - 14:00

Every/Nowhere

Crack Theatre Festival

An immersive audio-guided experience for 10, every/nowhere examines how memory creates home wherever you are from what is missing in your landscape.

Aerobicide: Feel Better
13:00 - 16:00

Aerobicide: Feel Better

Crack Theatre Festival

The last Wellness Solution you'll ever need! Your celebrity hosts will teach you the movements in a three-hour non-stop demonstration!


Changing Languages
14:00 - 14:45

Changing Languages

National Young Writers Festival

Language is an ever-growing organism, but it can't just be shaped by those in the mainstream.

Cartooning About *ISSUES*
14:00 - 14:45

Cartooning About *ISSUES*

National Young Writers Festival

Fred Bassett is all very well, but these artists strip themselves bare on the page (metaphorically and sometimes, literally).

Witchcraft Workshop
14:00 - 15:45

Witchcraft Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

No matter how good your spelling, sometimes your writing just needs a touch of magic. Learn to write about spiritual practice and incorporate magic into your writing life.


The Sound of Spaces
14:30 - 15:30

The Sound of Spaces

Crack Theatre Festival

Listen, blind-folded, to the intimate and unusual textures of a flute combined with organised noise, recorded moments we would not normally notice.

The Climes They Are A'Changin'
15:00 - 15:45

The Climes They Are A'Changin'

National Young Writers Festival

We're at the turning point of one of the greatest man-made threats to life on Earth. Is our writing doing it justice?

Questions of everyday feeling: media and the shaping of gender
15:00 - 17:00

Questions of everyday feeling: media and the shaping of gender

Critical Animals

This panel focuses on how gender and affects (such as joy, laughter and fear) are (re)produced through physical/mediated spaces.

Trajectory – Triple Bill
15:30 - 17:30

Trajectory – Triple Bill

Crack Theatre Festival

Short works developed by Tantrum's 2017 Trajectory Residency artists: AMOR by Stephanie Rochet; Sleep, perchance to dream by Alex Travers; Welcome by Allison van Gaal.

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Writing
16:00 - 16:45

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Writing

National Young Writers Festival

 

Imagination is essential to writing. Two writers discuss how they stay curious and embrace the contradictions, collisions, and strangeness of the world around them.

 

Bad Queers Workshop
16:00 - 17:45

Bad Queers Workshop

National Young Writers Festival

Plot twist: queer villains need good representation too! How do we write them without falling into negative tropes?


Writing From the Wound
16:30 - 17:15

Writing From the Wound

National Young Writers Festival

Writing about mental illness can be a powerful tool to heal and confront trauma. Join these writers in a frank and intimate look into this world of writing.

Solo
16:30 - 18:00

Solo

Crack Theatre Festival

Solo is a love letter to anyone who has ever worried about what the f**k they are doing with their lives.

 

SADISCO
16:30 - 18:30

SADISCO

Critical Animals

Conflating sad, sadism and disco, SADISCO explores an excruciating fusion of pleasure with politics, singing with liberation, glitter with guts.

Sunday Wind Down
16:30 - 19:00

Sunday Wind Down

This is Not Art

Join us for the Festival wind down event. Bring a blanket or stretch out on the grass in Civic Park. Find out who won the Slinkies Phone It In Competition!

 

Ceremony for Lost Natural Connections
17:00 - 19:00

Ceremony for Lost Natural Connections

Critical Animals

In this temporary activation, mosquito coils are burnt at dusk as part of a ritual exploring lost connections to nature.

TOUCH DOWN! subbed.in Sydney Satellite
17:30 - 18:15

TOUCH DOWN! subbed.in Sydney Satellite

National Young Writers Festival

The Subbed.in Sydney Satellite returns to Novocastia 1 to showcase the crazy capers of their moonface minds. Open mic slots.

Group Chat
18:00 - 18:45

Group Chat

National Young Writers Festival

From social media selfhood to shitposting as poetry, is our writing online, writing? Is it us? Most importantly, is it funny??

Once More With Feeling
18:00 - 21:00

Once More With Feeling

Critical Animals

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Buffy The Vampire Slayer with an interactive sing-along spectacular celebrating the classic musical episode.

Arts Festivals Are Bad!
19:00 - 19:45

Arts Festivals Are Bad!

National Young Writers Festival

NYWF goes ~meta~! Join us for this (very important) discussion on what, exactly, festivals are for and whether they are good (yay) or bad (oh no!) for the arts in Australia.

Speculative Memories: Part #4 The Objectorium
19:00 - 22:00

Speculative Memories: Part #4 The Objectorium

Critical Animals

This digital interactive piece investigates notions of personal and public memory. This work looks at ideas of distortion, identity, control and social construction.

What the Spewcastle?!?!
19:30 - 20:15

What the Spewcastle?!?!

National Young Writers Festival

Penis towers, obelisks, lighthouses like chess piece rooks ... a theme is emerging. Poets and writers scour Newcastle's streets, creating pieces on the urban landscape before our very eyes.

Petty Hates
20:00 - 20:45

Petty Hates

National Young Writers Festival

Have you ever lost an argument you won over and over in your head the next day or week or year? So have these writers! Come join them in revisiting arguments they should have won.

Comedy Club
21:00 - 23:15

Comedy Club

National Young Writers Festival

Comedy gala featuring NYWF artists, local stand ups and performers from Not Just for Laughs.


Late Night Readings: Odes to Joy
22:30 - 23:45

Late Night Readings: Odes to Joy

National Young Writers Festival

Come end the day's festivities with readings from the nation's best and brightest writers. Tonight, these writers will be telling you what makes their hearts sing with joy.

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