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FESTIVAL X: A virtual window into the creative minds of students

The formidable talents of students from the University Of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries will be on full display this weekend thanks to a three-day virtual celebration.

Running from Friday 13 November to Sunday 15 November, Festival X provides an opportunity for the public to immerse themselves in the aforementioned talents as students exhibit their final works and make their mark on 2020.

School of Creative Industries senior lecturer and Festival X director Dr Andrew Howells said that despite the obvious challenges 2020 has thrown at us all, the festival was a showcase of not only student creativity but also resilience in uncertain times.

“Festival X is a chance for the community, business, and industry to support and engage with the creative industries in our community and to really appreciate the brilliant creativity and talent that has been fostered through our programs in the School of Creative Industries,” Dr Howells said.

“We’re incredibly proud of our talented students and above all, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase years of dedication to their craft to their family, friends and the wider community.”

Here are just a few highlights of the 2020 Festival X program, but head here for a full rundown of events and to check out all of the action!

The Virtual Gallery
When: Running all weekend from Friday 13 November at 6pm.

In 2020, many art galleries and museums closed their doors due to COVID-19. In response, School of Creative Industries students Lachlan Gollege and Luke O’Donnell rose to this unique challenge by developing an interactive virtual experience using Unity – software that is typically used for gaming, to create an interactive virtual gallery.

Through this virtual platform, people can view the work of close to 100 students from the areas of visual communication design, natural history illustration and creative industries.

The 5th Annual Newbies Awards
When: Friday 13 November from 6.30pm

Now in its fifth year, the Red Carpet Screening and Annual Newbies Awards
is a curated celebration of the moving image, screening the year’s best
drama, documentaries, 10-shot films, animations, and major screen works.

At the end of the screening, the annual “Newbies” will be announced, with
awards for the most outstanding work in several categories. Live from the
Harold Lobb Concert Hall.

Stereo Mix
When: Saturday 14 November from 6.30pm

A mixed bag of sonic treats produced by School of Creative Industries students from Music and Communications.

Check out the new studio at the Conservatorium of Music, watch a short film featuring surf rock legends Hockey Dad and hear music students perform their final work for 2020.

There’s also some jazzy tunes from the Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra and Showband as well as a special performance from University of Newcastle Band Comp winners, Viragos.

Written by Newcastle Live

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