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11 February 21

Civic Precinct a hive of activity during New Annual

Comedy and music feature at the Civic Theatre throughout the festival, as do several live performances inside the theatre itself, and the Pavilion of Sand is set to transform the Civic precinct as it comes to fruition in Wheeler Place.

Keep reading for the lowdown on all things Civic Theatre at New Annual.

Civic Bar Beats

Operating as an unofficial ‘Festival Club’ throughout New Annual, Civic Bar Beats is bringing live music and more to the city centre every night from 5pm (4pm on Sundays).

With a bar that spills out into Wheeler Place, Civic Bar Beats will throw open the Civic doors and bring guests in to enjoy a unique entertainment offering.

If you’re still on the fence about getting along to Civic Bar Beats … there’s a happy hour. From 5pm-6pm. And fantastic bar snacks to go with. Check out who’s performing.

Friday 12th 5-7pm Live music: ENA
Saturday 13th 5-7pm DJ Dan Phelan aka The Scorcher
Sunday 14th 4-6pm DJ Tone
Wednesday 17th 5-7pm Live Music: Lili Crane
Thursday 18th 5-7pm Live Music: Cowboy Heroes (Dave Couri)
Friday 19th 5-7pm Live Music: Professor Crabb
Saturday 20th 5-7pm DJ Chuan
Sunday 21st 5-7pm Deejay Mathmatics

Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight?

From Bearfoot Theatre comes Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight? (DYPKYS), an encore season of the acclaimed production focuses on the prejudice towards the LGBTQI+ community and the internal turmoil of queer youth.

First produced amid the marriage equality debate, DYPKYS aimed to alter negative perceptions of the LGBTQI+ community while supporting and inspiring those struggling with their own identity by sharing a relatable and accessible story.

Described as ‘very healing and excruciatingly revealing’, ‘everything theatre should be’, and ‘relatable and real’, DYPKYS is a production which is not to be missed.

For more information on the show and tickets, click here.

Civic Comedy Club

The line-up is top secret and mysterious, but one thing that you can be sure of is that the return of Civic Comedy Club will bring the laughs back to Newcastle.

With restrictions lifting, comedians are being brought back onto the stage and audiences into the auditorium for a night of comedy which will have rolling around in fits of laughter.

With 90 minutes of laughs from some serious comedians (is there such a thing?), Civic Comedy Club will be a Friday night to remember.

Civic Comedy Club is on at the Civic Theatre on Friday 19 February from 8pm. For more info and tickets, click here.

Invisible Stone by e4444e, David Lobb, and Skip Wilcox

A part-planned, part-improvised collaboration between three incredibly unique performers brings Invisible Stone to life at New Annual.

Experimental musician and triple j unearthed artist e4444e combines with lifelong friend and collaborator, lovedavid and choreographer Skip Wilcox to bring a truly mesmerising concept to life.

Blending sonic compositions with the intimate and morphic interpretive movements of dancer Allie Graham, this one-off art, sound and dance experience at the iconic Civic Theatre is not to be missed.

To secure your tickets, click here.

Pavilion of Sand

A year-long project kicking off at New Annual, the Pavilion of Sand is designed to centre First Nations voices in our city with the construction of a pavilion centred on a simple yet changeable and dynamic material: sand.

Working hand-in-hand with local cultural practitioners, the Pavilion of Sand will see a number of large-scale community led artworks projected on the structure, painted on its walls, and stitched into its shade structures.

A design collaboration from Awabakal designer and cultural practitioner Shellie Smith, Wiradjuri designer and interdisciplinary artist Joel Sherwood-Spring, and architect Genevieve Zoe Murray, the Pavilion of Sand will also host a number of workshops and demonstrations.

These include fishing net weaving (Saturday 13 Feb), fish and eel trap construction (Sunday 14 Feb), traditional dance workshops/performances (Saturday 20 Feb), and Awabakal language workshops and storytelling (Sunday 21 Feb). All workshops will run from 11am – 4pm, with breaks.

The Pavilion of Sand will be erected in Wheeler Place. Find out more by clicking here.