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AN INDIE ROCKER AND AN EX-PM: CoN unveils stacked New Annual program

An intimate performance by Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey is sure to be a New Annual highlight. Picture: Cybele Malinowski

Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard are just two highlights of City of Newcastle’s inaugural arts festival, New Annual.

Just one month out from the anticipated 10-day event, the full program, featuring more than 50 events showcasing more than 100 visual and performing artists, was unveiled on. Tuesday

Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard will discuss her latest book Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons and the lessons that can be learned from female leaders in an event presented by Newcastle Writers’ Festival.

This not-to-be-missed event will be on at NEX on Saturday 13 February.

Meanwhile, fans of Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey are in for a treat with the lauded songwriter hitting Newcastle Art Gallery on Sunday 14 February for an up-close-and-personal performance to mark the close of the gallery’s brilliant We Can Be Heroes: A Backstage Pass exhibition.

But that’s not all! Here are just a few more highlights that are guaranteed to…..

Hazy Cosmic Jive Artist Showcase 
Friday 12 February, The Lock-Up
A celebration of homegrown talent from Newcastle’s iconic Hazy Cosmic Jive recording studio, featuring award-winning local artist Amy Vee and others. Presented as part of the Made in Newcastle project. 

Wylaa Buuranliyn and Veara present Nourishing Waters 
12 – 21 February, Newcastle Museum
Incorporating music, narration, animation and storytelling, this augmented reality experience complements existing Indigenous cultural items located in the Newcastle Museum including a traditional canoe, a traditional spear and a culturally significant fishing tree.  

Chalk the Walk
12 – 21 February, various locations throughout the CBD
A temporary 3D artwork trail installed in key outdoor locations in the city centre to illuminate the streets, featuring internationally renowned Central Coast artist Jenny McCracken.

7pm Saturday 13 February, The Royal Exchange
An all-new, dynamite, late-night romp with a heady mix of burlesque, circus, drag, sideshow and magic, OMG WTF is a celebration of that weird feeling in your stomach when you don’t know whether to look away or stare on in awe. 

Awkward – Catapult Choreographic Hub
7.30pm Thursday 11 / Friday 12 / Saturday 13 February, Concert Hall, City Hall
Set at a party, Awkward follows the story of a bunch of characters with distinctive personalities meeting for the first time: the introvert, extrovert, the hanger-on, and the in-lust. What can go wrong? 

“New Annual represents Newcastle’s time to shine – through our local artists, through our city’s creative spaces and most importantly, through rich and engaging stories,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“The festival will feature local and visiting artists sharing music, dance, contemporary performance and visual art, showcasing our community’s journey of self-expression, resilience and recovery, and highlighting Newcastle’s identity as a creative hub with a vibrant cultural heritage.” 

New Annual is on from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 February. Head here for the full program and tickets.