About This is Not Art (TiNA)

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

As one of Australia’s leading 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.

Produced by Octapod in partnership with three co-presenters, National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack X and Critical Animals, the four day festival activates over 10 venues in the Newcastle CBD each year over the Labour Day Long Weekend in late September/early October. Over 2000 people attend the event with half the audience being local Novocastrians and half travelling from around the country and overseas.

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.

Festival Producer Octapod is one of NSW’s leading regional arts service organisations. It supports, promotes and advocates for a diverse and thriving arts and cultural sector in the Lower Hunter region.

This is Not Art takes place on the land of the Pambalong people of the Awabakal nation. We recognise the continuing existence of the Pambalong Community as a sovereign on the land.

Image: Naomi Hamer, Manus Nauru install

festival co-presenters


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 – where young, fresh, and bold Australian performance makers gather from across the nation to pursue brave ideas and share visionary new work.

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Critical Animals – a creative research symposium for students, researchers, writers, artists, thinkers and curious individuals who are engaged with creative and experimental art practices. It’s an opportunity to present papers and ongoing research, as well as to challenge creative practices and work collaboratively with others in the field.

festival producer

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Christina Robberds
0415 699 227