September 5, 2019

This is Not Art 2019 Program NOW LIVE

This is Not Art 2019 Program NOW LIVE

This year This is Not Art (TiNA), one of Australia’s leading emerging arts festivals will showcase more than 200 artists across 170 events. The program for This is Not Art 2019 is now live on the festival website. 

Held annually in Newcastle across four days on the October Long Weekend, TiNA will enliven the CBD with performances, live music, panels, workshops, installations and special events from 3rd – 6th October.

Co-Presenters National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack Festival and Critical Animals will once again be joined this year by Special Guests WE DON’T DANCE.

Festival Producer Christina Robberds said this year’s festival featured a number of special evening events in the Newcastle CBD as well as at a secret location to be revealed at the festival.

“This is Not Art provides a platform for experimentation – a space for emerging artists to present new work and develop their skills, and for more established artists to test out new ideas. It’s the four days of the year where you get to collaborate, share your ideas, passions and skills, showcase your work, and reinvigorate your practice at the nation’s most inspiring party,” she said.

National Young Writers’ Festival 2019 Program
Striking a balance between playful and serious,
National Young Writers Festival 2019 will be not just a festival of writing, but a festival of ideas. This year’s festival will highlight the talents of Australia’s more marginalised writers and will place emphasis on the experiences and issues faced by LGBT writers, indigenous writers, sex worker writers and other marginalised voices in the writing community.

During this year’s festival we will also launch the inaugural The Write Business program. From branding to pitching and partnerships, this panel and workshop series will equip young writers with the skills they need to start their own writing-based business. This year will see the return of festival favourite events; Late Night Readings and the Festival Game, while our new W(h)ine with Writer’s events will offer the NYWF audience to connect with industry mentors, such as Benjamin Law, in a relaxed setting.

Critical Animals 2019 Program
The 16th annual Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium will present an eclectic mix of panels, performances, installations and workshops, all designed to provoke thought, encourage collaboration and develop artistic practices.  

Featuring performance lectures on experimental research on dolphins from the 1960’s, to immersive site-specific performances that aim to make visible how the body is produced and managed in contemporary society, to workshops on developing robust personal-artistic-political praxis, to open discussions on the big issues in art and theory (and beyond); this year’s program is brimming with interdisciplinary, exploratory and research driven projects. 

Crack Festival 2019 Program
Crack Festival is presenting live performance everywhere but the stage in 2019! The Festival is teaming up with local crews, institutions, and venues, to present the best in emergent and divergent performance in two streams:

GENERATE presents a series of original works with the support of Create NSW, and through partnerships with Tantrum Youth Arts, Shopfront Arts Co-Op, Merrigong Theatre Company, PACT and PYT Fairfield. The program is specifically tailored to support young and emerging artists to create work within the framework and support of a key arts organisation, along with mentorship, creative development, and production support from Crack.

PROTOTYPE invites artists to create and perform work over the course of the Festival, in response to the city and surrounds. It’s our most ambitious project ever, challenging our artists to reflect on the sensory offerings, flora and fauna, and fusion of urban and natural that is the Novocastrian landscape. Performances will take place at the very top and bottom of the city – a subterranean art lab and hillside mansion, guaranteeing some of the wildest nights Newcastle has to offer.

2019 This is Not Art festival highlights  

– TiNA TAKEOVER at Newcastle Art Gallery: WE DONT DANCE, Heart Open and Crack Festival are collaborating on this evening event featuring live music, live art, radical electronic DJs and projections by local and regionally based artists from around the universe.

– Hunter Poetry Slam Regional Final: Watch 12 finalists from Hunter regional heats battle it out for a chance to compete in the NSW state final of the Australian Poetry Slam. Hosted by Jesse Oliver, Australian Poetry Slam Champion 2017, and with judges selected randomly from the audience, poets will have 2 minutes to impress with their rapid fire delivery.

– Late Night Readings (LNR): National Young Writers Festival cornerstone events, LNR showcase artists who are writing and creating work that resonates with key concerns and issues of our audience.

– Are you over Newcastle tonight? Presented by Crack Festival, this garden party event in a grand home in Merewether will feature live music, roving characters and a tonight show filmed live on the balcony.

– NYWF Zine Fair: One of the longest running zine fairs in the world, the NYWF Zine Fair is a festival favourite. Browse the stalls of hand made publications, badges and more at Newcastle City Library.

– Art Party: It’s a ball. It’s an art party. It’s all happening. A collaboration between National Young Writers’ Festival and Crack Festival, this is the place to be on the Saturday night! 

View the full event program online
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Most of the events are free and presented in accessible venues.