About This is Not Art (TiNA)

This is Not Art (TiNA) is a four day arts festival that celebrates Newcastle as a leading 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. In 2019, Octapod will host the 22nd annual This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) over the Labour Day long weekend, Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th October.

Produced by Octapod in partnership with three co-presenters, National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack Festival and Critical Animals, the four day festival activates over 12 venues in the Newcastle CBD each year. 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 and cultural development organisations. It supports, promotes and advocates for a diverse and thriving arts and cultural sector in the Greater Newcastle 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: Flight Hawk, Last Fridays – TINA TAKEOVER, This is Not Art 2018. Photo: One Stop Productions

festival producer


Octapod is the key arts and cultural development organisation stimulating arts and cultural development, supporting participation in arts and culture and improving sector capacity and sustainability across the Greater Newcastle region.

This is Not Art Festival Producer
Christina Robberds
0415 699 227

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 Festival – 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.