Announcement: This is Not Art 2016

Now in its 19th year, the This is Not Art (TiNA) festival has become an integral part of Newcastle’s arts calendar as young people from around the country converge on the city over the October long weekend to share ideas, meet like­minded creative and potential collaborators, and test work in a safe and supportive environment.

Longstanding co-­presenters National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack Theatre Festival and Critical Animals will this year be joined by Special Guests Hobotechno, a Newcastle based experimental arts collective. With a focus on engaging with the local community, activating multiple venues across the CBD and blurring the boundaries between writing, performance, visual arts and critical thinking, TiNA 2016 offers an array of workshops, panels, installations, performances and special events for those interested in exploring experimental and thought provoking contemporary arts.

This year the NYWFis asking you to ‘Get Lost’ in the endless nooks and crannies of the Australian writing maze. The 2016 program boasts the largest artist count in NYWF history with 117 writers coming from all over the country as well as New Zealand. The NYWF team are very excited to announce artists Omar Musa, Claire Sullivan, Jennifer Down, Eliza­Jane Henry­Jones, Ellen van Neerven, Jonno Revanche and Giselle Nguyen will be among the many making their way to Newcastle this year.

This smorgasbord of talent will be workshopping, reading, debating, conversing and panelling their way through the many challenges, trends and revolutions of the contemporary writing scene, covering topics as diverse as gendering loneliness, shorthand, fringe dwelling, and the state of comedy in Australia. Expect to see a return of festival favourites like the Late Night Readings, Zine Fair and the Festival Ball. There will also be a bunch of open access events including an open mic event every night, street events, games, a science party and so much more!


TiNA is one of Australia’s leading independent arts festivals. Produced by Octapod since 1998 in partnership with co­presenters National Young Writers’ Festival, Critical Animals and Crack Theatre Festival, TiNA takes place annually over the October long weekend in Newcastle. It is dedicated to the development of experimental and emerging arts practice. Over 150 free events packed into four days.

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Written by Newcastle Live

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