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SAVE THE DATE: New Annual festival returns this September

Last year’s New Annual festival saw almost 40,000 people head into the city for more than 140 events held across 32 venues injecting nearly $8 million to the local economy.

The festival, and the economic boost it brings, will return this September for 10 days of performances and events across Newcastle.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the 2023 program will be packed full of art and performance from across Australia and showcase what local creatives are doing right in our own backyard.

“New Annual was conceived with a vision to celebrate the depth of talent in Newcastle’s thriving cultural and arts sector and provide a platform for national artists to showcase their work in the city,” Cr Nelmes said.

“In the longer-term, the aim is to create a landmark cultural festival with a uniquely Newcastle character that could become a mainstay on Australia’s annual events calendar and act as a significant generator of cultural tourism.  

“I can’t wait to do it all again this September and look forward to seeing our local artists on the bill alongside some of the best arts and cultural practitioners from across Australia.”

The 2023 New Annual festival will be held from 22 September to 1 October. Visit for more information.


Local artists working across interdisciplinary art forms, visual arts, dance, theatre, music, and multimedia are encouraged to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for the 2023 program before 5pm, 26 February.

City of Newcastle was recently awarded $400,000 over two years from the NSW Government as part of its Major Festival and Events grants program through Multicultural NSW. Submissions from Awabakal and Worimi artists and all people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, as well as artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, are strongly encouraged as part of this EOI process.