About the Festival

Ten days of art, culture and creativity in the centre of Newcastle

Our vision

The vision of New Annual is to put Newcastle on the radar nationally and internationally, as a creative city where exciting, ambitious and accessible contemporary art and culture grows and thrives.

The mission for the festival is to foster a prosperous, diverse and resilient economy and build capacity in the arts and cultural sector by delivering a contemporary cultural event that showcases Newcastle as a creative hub.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Annual is ten days of art, culture and creativity in the centre of Newcastle.

New Annual offers immersive and interactive experience of visual art, contemporary dance, First Nations music and workshops, as well as theatre and comedy. There is something for everyone with a mix of free, ticketed and family-friendly events.

The full festival program will be announced on 01 August.

Tickets are on sale via the website from 01 August. There will be a mix of free, low cost and ticketed events. 

Outdoor events will proceed if light rain is forecast. Please read the forecast and prepare accordingly. In the event of severe weather causing a cancellation to outdoor events, all booked ticket holders will be contacted via email and SMS.

Yes, all events happening as part of New Annual are being developed as COVID Safe in line with the current NSW Government Public Health Order and in consultation with our COVID Safe venues. The New Annual team will continue to follow the advice of the Australian and NSW Governments to deliver a festival that ensures the safety of our community. 

If you’re interested in getting more involved, feel free to contact the festival team at newannual@ncc.nsw.gov.au and tell us:

  1. If you are an artist, musician or artistic company wishing to express interest in being considered for future programming as part of New Annual, download the Artist or Company EOI and return it to us.
  2. If you wish to volunteer as a City of Newcastle ambassador during New Annual, register online to join the NEW Crew.
  3. If you wish to be a Festival partner, please contact the festival team at newannual@ncc.nsw.gov.au and we will provide further information to you.

We will endeavour to make all events accessible and information around access will be updated on our website. Should you wish to discuss any access requirements or find out more about specific events, feel free to contact us via email newannual@ncc.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 4974 2000.

To help plan your visit and find out more about our beautiful city, head on over to the Visit Newcastle page. 

Contact us

For information about programming and sponsorship contact:

Phone: 02 4974 2000
newannual@ncc.nsw.gov.au