TiNA Festival


The 23rd iteration of Newcastle’s iconic This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) presents a micro showcase of experimental artists working with light and sound. The three-day festival, held 19-21 February 2021 will start Friday evening and span the course of the weekend. 

The TiNA 2021 showcase of experimental artists celebrates non-tangible mediums such as light, sound and performance and ranges from immersive sound experiments, light projections to brainwave-controlled synthesisers (Yes, electrodes will be connected to the performers brain..!) Festival goers will experience a ‘Sonic Take-Over’ of Newcastle Museum, ‘Sound City’ activations across Newcastle East and a secret 'Sonic Bath' held at sunrise. 

Talented local artists featuring in the weekends activations include; Josh Ingle, Louisa Magrics, Boy Lost, Sean Balladen + Eliza Jane, Rubber Nurse, Boris Hoodie, Somnus Lak, Rewa Wright, Matthew Larner, Amelia Bessenyei, DOVE, Sam Madden, Josh Barnett and many more. 

TiNA respectfully acknowledges the Awabakal, Worimi, Wonnarua and Darkinyung peoples - the traditional owners of the unceded land upon which we hold our Festival and other events. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

TiNA is proudly supported by the City of Newcastle through the Council Support for the Arts and Cultural Organisations in Newcastle Program.

Date: Friday 19 February 2021​
Time: 3-7pm
Location: Newcastle Museum

Experimental and emerging artists and musicians occupy Newcastle Museum for one night only.

Date: Friday 19 February 2021​
Time: 7–10pm
Location: The Lass

Jun Wan (7-8pm)
Soul Wun (8-9pm)
Loicc (9-10pm)

Live visuals and projection mapping by: Wanjun Carpenter
Curated by Critical Animals

Experimental and emerging artists and musicians occupy Newcastle City for one night only.
Date: Saturday 20 Feb
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Newcastle Art Gallery
Explore temporary art installations and sound works across inner city Newcastle. Free public event, all welcome.

A sunrise sonic bath provided by Dale Collier. Welcome the new rays of the rising sun with a meditative and mind expanding soundtrack generated, performed and curated live. 
Date: Sunday 21 February
Time: 5.30-6.30am
Location: to be revealed

​Wind down and relax alfresco after a weekend of activities in Newcastle City. With vibe provided fresh on the street by Newcastle premier boogaloo and groove ensemble ‘The Fonzies’. Make sure you book a table at one of the inner-city venues or simply grab a gelato and savor the delight of world class music available on the street, free for you to enjoy.
Date: Sunday 21 February
Time: 6.00pm onwards
Location: Napoli Centrale and Popolo Gelateria, Newcastle City

Art Music Panel Performance


  • Friday 19 February Various
  • Saturday 20 February Various
  • Sunday 21 February Various


  • Various Locations