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Bringing music and art back to the Lighthouse

It’s been six years since Paul Dempsey headlined the iconic Elsewhere music festival at the Nobbys Lighthouse. But a City of Newcastle investment of $135,000 into a multi-arts activation will hopefully see music and art events like it happeningat the landmark site once again.

The funding is part of the council’s response to COVID-19’s impact on the Newcastle economy.

With COVID-19 significantly impacting the arts, cultural and creative industries, the Lighthouse Arts project was identified as critical to Newcastle’s recovery by the City Taskforce, in support of community wellbeing, social and cultural connectedness.

City of Newcastle say that local arts, cultural, and tourism businesses will benefit from the activation which will be lead by the Hunter Writers Centre.

Under the plan, Nobbys-Whibayganba headland cottages will provide studio and exhibition spaces for writers, musicians, visual and digital artists on weekdays, and host exhibitions and events on weekends.