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02 October 20

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Newcastle is home to a diverse and thriving creative community. New Annual will showcase this homegrown talent through new commissions, site-specific performances, pop-up festival venues and partnerships with some of our City’s most unique and dynamic events and companies.

ACQUIST – CATAPULT CHOREOGRAPHIC HUB

Newcastle’s renowned professional contemporary dance company Catapult Choreographic Hub are working towards a new site-specific commission to be performed in the iconic Civic Park Fountain. Catapult will create a new performance for the fountain, making use of its striking architecture and exploring the same themes as the fountain itself – Newcastle’s unique balance of beautiful natural environment and history as an industrial city.

Supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

TAYLOR’S RUN – CURIOUS LEGENDS

Curious Legends are a local visual theatre company best known for their large-scale illuminated puppet performances for children and families. They have presented their unique community-engaged performances throughout Australia and internationally. Curious Legends have been commissioned by City of Newcastle to create a new site-specific performance at Summer Hill Waste Facility that will explore themes of sustainability, waste reduction and environmental care.

Supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

MASSIVE BAND – BREE VAN REYK

Massive Band is a community-engaged project that invites girls and women to join a massive rock band. A series of workshops conducted over several months teach participants to play 3 iconic rock songs by renowned women artists, which are then performed on mass at the performance event. Led by Bree Van Reyk, Massive Band is an explosive live music event that celebrates women in rock music. The final performance will see the Massive Band supported by a line-up of young local bands.

Supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.


THE HANGER – FINGERS CROSSED CREATIVE

The Hanger is a temporary shipping container to be installed for the duration of the festival. Part-cabaret theatre, part-bar and part-festival hub, The Hanger will showcase a range of local performers through the festival. Its anchor show will be produced by Zackari Watt & Ella Heathmore of local arts production company Fingers Crossed Creative and celebrate Newcastle’s unique and long-standing engagement with alternative performance.

Supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

PAVILION OF SAND – SHELLIE SMITH AND FUTURE METHOD STUDIO

With immense transformation taking place both culturally, environmentally and economically, the Awabakal community of Newcastle and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and cultural awareness to guide us through this process. A new festival is an opportunity to re-frame who is centred in this process, and who is centred in our cultural landscape; what stories do we choose to prioritise and learn from. Awabakal designer and cultural practitioner Shellie Smith, Wiradjuri designer and interdisciplinary artist Joel Sherwood-Spring and Architect Genevieve Zoe Murray have collaborated on the design of a Pavilion that works to do just that. The civic centre of Newcastle, as a formal and static colonial artifice, will be re-imagined as a landscape of change. The Pavilion of Sand takes this ubiquitous material and makes it both structure, ballast, shelter, seating, and a space for dance, cultural practice, conversation and performance.

Supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

E4444E – WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

e4444e (a.k.a Romy Church) finds the term ‘experimental’ tough to grapple with. Described by FBi Radio’s Music Director, Amelia Jenner as “one of the most exciting acts to come out of Australia in the last few years,” e4’s recent full-length release Coldstream Road builds on the success of four critically acclaimed EPs. “I feel like experimental now implies a sound, or a type of music. I think it used to point towards people being free with themselves, without the restraints of superficial judgement. Exploratory seems better now,” says Church of sonic output. This exploration will continue as part of New Annual, with a special collaborative audio visual and movement experience.

MICROTHEATRE FESTIVAL

Newcastle's own Micro Theatre is quirky, fun and original.  Sit back and enjoy live performance in a lounge, cafe or gallery space.  Three venues, each with four short plays feature works that will intrigue, surprise and delight.  Have an award-winning great night out with Micro Theatre.