A family's guide to New Annual
New Annual is coming to Newcastle in February, and with such a wide variety of arts, music, theatre, and performance descending on the city there is something for everyone to enjoy!
With events stretching from operatic performances in the Civic Theatre to gigantic puppet shows at Summerhill Waste Management Centre, we decided to break things down and make it a little easier for you to find your way around the festival.
In this edition of ‘how-to New Annual’, check out three handpicked events at New Annual which families are sure to love.
What: A mesmerising, illuminated, gigantic puppet show which follows the journey of one young girl as she discovers how to navigate a world of rubbish in pursuit of a discarded best friend.
When: Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 February, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February at 7.30pm
Where: Summerhill Waste Management Centre, Wallsend (it’s not as weird as it sounds!)
This is the premiere pick of the bunch, and an event not to be missed. Making its world premiere in Newcastle, Taylor’s Run is a performance from local visual theatre company, Curious Legends.
Following the story of Taylor, who heads on an adventure to the tip after her favourite pygmy possum toy is discarded, adults and children alike will be wowed by the visual spectacular that is giant, illuminated puppetry.
With an environmentally conscious message around recycling and sustainability woven throughout, told in the incredibly unique setting of the city’s waste management centre, Taylor’s Run is a performance not to be missed.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids, or $60 for a family ticket, and can be purchased by clicking here.
Chalk the Walk
What: Transforming the surfaces of Newcastle, Chalk the Walk uses chalk art to turn city streets and pavements into the most incredible, mind-bending images that you’ll need to see to believe!
Where: Newcastle Visitors Information Centre, Signal Box Café, Laman Street (Civic Park Fountain stairs), and outside the Lucky Hotel
When: Artworks will be constructed over four days from Thursday 11 February and completed on Sunday 14 February
Chalk the Walk comes to Newcastle as part of New Annual in February, with internationally renowned artist and Central Coast local, Jenny McCracken plus a team of Zest Events International Artists set to transform the city’s surfaces.
A temporary 3D artwork trail is set to be installed in key outdoor locations for the duration of the festival, with artists set to put chalk to pavement throughout the first weekend of New Annual.
Come along and watch as the artists take simple walkways and make mind-bending art which will have you questioning your own senses – and then grab pics that will make all your friends scratch their heads!
For more on Chalk the Walk, click here.
UP&UP presents: Create Your Place
What: An event that will activate Museum Park with a series of interactive street art workshops and live painting exhibitions!
When: Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February, 10am – 4pm
Where: Newcastle Museum Park
UP&UP present Create Your Place at New Annual, a multi-day event featuring a series of interactive street art workshops and live painting exhibitions.
With every workshop open to the public, Create Your Place aims to bring together everyone: young people, families, old people, people with disabilities, to enjoy and create art together.
Activities will provide the public with a hands-on experience to produce public graffiti and street art against the backdrop of a range of super-talented local artists producing works, and Newcastle DJs spinning tunes.
For more and to register now, click here.
Sea Space & Beyond
What: An exhibition hosted in partnership with Vision Australia, Sea Space & Beyond will use all your senses to explore spaces that are real and yet unknown…
When: Every day during New Annual, 10am – 5pm
Where: Newcastle Museum, Honeysuckle
Sea Space & Beyond is an exhibition of artworks from the blind, low vision, and sighted community that will explore spaces beyond our day-to-day experience, where imagination meets reality.
Think about how often you’d enter the ocean or look up at the night sky, and ponder their mysteries… these are spaces fascinating to adults and children alike, and Sea Space & Beyond will explore them in ways you’d never considered.
The exhibition will have you questioning how you experience the world through your senses, and open your mind to new sensory experiences.
Sea Space & Beyond is a free event, hosted by Newcastle Museum.
Look out for the purple “FAMILY” tags on the event listings page for more great family events - there’s too many to mention!