Access

We encourage all people to take part in This is Not Art.

We are working to make the festival accessible and inclusive and we would love your feedback. If there are issues impacting on your access or inclusion before or during the festival, please call Justine Cogan at Octapod on 02 4021 1605 or email access@octapod.org with your feedback or questions.

Festival Precinct

The 2018 festival precinct extends from the East End of the CBD (The Lock-Up) through the Hunter St Mall (Elderly Citizens Centre and Newcastle Diggers Club) to the Civic Precinct (Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle City Library and Watt Space Gallery). Other spaces for one off events include the Canoe Pool adjacent to Newcastle Ocean Baths and Civic Park.

We are proud that most of our venues in 2018 are wheelchair accessible and where possible, have accessible toilets. Festival venue staff will be welcoming and available to help make your TINA experience enjoyable.

Online Program

On 30 August 2018 the festival program will be announced and available on this website. You will be able to search the program according to access needs using the filter function.

Event listings will include event description, artist bios, venue address and a summary of venue access information such as step counts, reserved parking, toilet facilities and any notable features such as steep slopes or uneven surfaces. The universal wheelchair access symbol will indicate which venue entrances are wheelchair accessible. Check the Venues page for venue access descriptions and street image views.

Festival Scheduler

A3 printed Festival Schedulers will be available at all festival venues. The Scheduler provides a map of all festival venues and a snapshot of events and times. The universal wheelchair access symbol will indicate which venue entrances are wheelchair accessible.

Please refer to the online program for full access information about each venue.

Accessible Public Toilets

You can locate accessible public toilets on the National Public Toilet Map

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces can be found at the following locations within close proximity to festival venues:

  • Auckland Street (between Hunter Street and King Street)
  • Corner King and Burwood Streets (near Newcastle City Council Administration Building)
  • End of Burwood Street towards the Court.
  • In the Council car park behind Newcastle Region Library (enter via Queen Street).

A map of accessible parking locations in the Civic Precinct can be found on the Newcastle City Council website.

Tickets

This is Not Art is a free festival and events are generally available on a ‘first come’ basis. It is recommended to arrive 5-10 minutes early to make sure you get a seat that suits you.

Some events require registration. This will be indicated in the festival online program (available on this website from 30 August 2018). You are very welcome to bring a support person with you, just register for two tickets.

Assistance for people who are blind or vision impaired

Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are welcome at all festival events and venues.

Volunteers will be available to provide assistance as needed. Please contact us via email at access@octapod.org should you wish to arrange assistance or have any queries.

Auslan interpretation

Auslan Access Symbol

A number of festival events will be Auslan interpreted. Use the filter function to search the online program on this website from 30 August 2018 for Auslan interpreted events. Note there will be reserved seating closest to the interpreter provided for audience members using the Auslan service.

You are welcome to bring your own interpreter to other events, so contact us in advance via access@octapod.org to make arrangements.

Podcasts

A number of National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) events will be audio recorded and will be available as audio podcasts post festival via the NYWF website.

More information and assistance

Please contact Justine Cogan at Octapod via 02 4021 1605 or access@octapod.org to discuss your festival access needs.

Image: The Real World, Critical Animals as part of This is Not Art 2017. Photo: Justine Cogan