Councillor Carol Dunan, performer Hannah Indigo, Jasmine Fletcher from Queer and Now and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes
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PARKLIFE: Newy creatives to air talent in January outdoor concert series

After being without the luxury of live performance for waaaay too long, the City of Newcastle (CoN) has come to the party to redress that imbalance.

To that end, emerging Newy musos, and performing artists will be given the opportunity to showcase their talents at a series of eight outdoor events to be held throughout January.

The events will be staged at Gregson Park, Centennial Park, Jesmond Park, and Lambton Park, providing a great opportunity to bring the community back together after lockdown and, of course, to display the formidable depth of artistic talent this region has to offer.

“It’s been a challenging time for the performing arts sector and live music industry in Newcastle, with many artists and performers out of work for several months,” CoN’s Interim Director Strategy and Engagement Kathleen Hyland said.

“City of Newcastle is committed to putting our support behind these industries by activating the suburbs and creating opportunities for live outdoor entertainment this summer, in a bid to bring the community back together safely. 

“I hope people get a boost from visiting their local park, joining with friends and family and enjoying the energy and atmosphere of live performances while supporting Newcastle’s cultural scene.

Event producer Jasmine Fletcher from Queer and Now added that the group is looking forward to working with local not-for-profit arts organisation Octapod and City of Newcastle to deliver an eclectic program of performances.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for our local performing arts industry following months of lockdown,” Jasmine said. 

“We’ve curated a stellar line-up of local talent from poets, hula-hoopers to stilt walkers, and can’t wait to see them perform live in front of a crowd this summer.” 

The initiative follows the December round of CoN’s Locally Made and Played programwhich will see more than 80 live music, micro theatre and comedy-style performances held across the city in the lead up to Christmas between December 1 and December 20.

Head here for more information and a full rundown of events.