TiNA 2016: A celebration of a creative city

With just four weeks until This is Not Art (TiNA) 2016 kicks off the full festival program has been launched boasting more than 190 events which will showcase the creative beachside city of Newcastle.

This is Not Art is the four days of the year when collaboration is king and artistic passion, skill and practice are showcased during the nation’s most inspiring party from Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October.

In TiNA’s 19th year, the Festival will wrap the city neon green and is asking local business to support the festival by adopting the neon shade right across Newcastle’s CBD.

TiNA will activate the City across 22 venues with events featuring artists from every State and Territory of Australia, exploring diverse themes such as identity politics and other social issues like ‘Where are you from?’.

The Festival program sees co-presenters collaborating on cross festival events and exploring the boundaries of what we know and love as ‘This is Not Art’. The Festival includes a diverse line up of free events with an event to suit everyone including panels exploring contemporary arts practice, the ever popular Zine Fair, theatre works in development, and open mic spoken word sessions.There are plenty of opportunities for the public to take part in TiNA with three open mic events presented by National Young Writers’ Festival, glittery bad-ass bike

There are plenty of opportunities for the public to take part in TiNA with three open mic events presented by National Young Writers’ Festival, glittery bad-ass bike tours and a signature Sunday Wind Down in Pacific Park to close the festival.

The full program is available at www.thisisnotart.org.

2016 TiNA Festival Highlights

> FIFO – throughout festival – Newcastle Museum

A brand new work by Danielle Asquith, FIFO is an exploration of the stories behind real fly in fly out (FIFO) workers and their families.

> TRAJECTORY: SOLO WORKS – Friday 30 September – Pivot Dance

Tantrum’s Trajectory Ensemble presents a series of personal yet universal works developed under the guidance of performance artist Lottie Consalvo. Utilising performance art, installation, video and live performance.

> Speech Night – Friday 30 September – The Royal Exchange

The National Young Writer’s Festival event Speech Night features a range of talented writers waxing lyrical including award-winning author, poet and rapper from Queanbeyan, Omar Musa. Other writers include Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Hera Lindsay-Bird and Jack Vening.


> #RichForks – throughout festival – Gallery Sixty One Revisited

V.T.R.’s exhibition #RichForks, displaying a variety of forks used by the world’s most rich and powerful people, swiped from luxury hotels over the last 15 years, #RichForks.


> Enter the Labyrinth: NYWF Ball – Saturday 1 October – CBD Hotel

A much loved Festival tradition, this year’s ball is ready to get fantastical, masked, and ghoulish.


> Zine Fair – Sunday 2 October – Laing Street

The ever popular Zine Fair returns for another year of revelling in self-publishing glory.



TiNA is one of Australia’s leading independent arts festivals. Produced by Octapod since 1998 in partnership with co-presenters 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.


Written by Newcastle Live

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