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Women of Heritage Invitation

Newcastle Community Feast

The Newcastle Community Feast will bring together people from culturally diverse backgrounds for an afternoon of shared food and music, drawn from their respective cultures, and will be held as part of the official launch of the Women of Heritage exhibition. The Feast will bring together the artists from the Women of Heritage project, their family and […]

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Community Deaf Arts Forum

Accessible Arts, Octapod and Newcastle Community Art Centre have partnered to present a Community Deaf Arts Forum that will provide the opportunity for members of the Deaf/hard of hearing community to discuss opportunities to engage with the arts community in the Newcastle/Hunter region. This event is an initiative of Accessible Arts for Deaf and hard […]

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The Storm | Theatre by the Beach

Over the 2015/2016 summer Octapod will work with Open Cage Theatre to undertake a theatre residency in the Nobbys and Newcastle Beach precinct involving a multi-disciplinary inclusive performance ensemble. The project utilises the concept of art as placemaking and provides an opportunity for people with mixed ability to engage with the coastal community around storytelling […]

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This is Not Art: Access and Inclusion Program

As part of our commitment to supporting access and inclusion into the arts for people with a disability, we have put together this handy This is Not Art Access and Inclusion Program, highlighting some of the events that contain content relevant to disability, mental health and social inclusion topics, as well as some handy mobility tips […]

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Ladies and Laughter Dominate This is Not Art Festival Program

Natalie Tran, the Australian YouTube sensation with 1.7 million subscribers to her cult comedy “Community Channel”, and former Triple J Breakfast host and comedian Tom Ballard are just two of the big names on the This is Not Art Festival line-up for 2015.   The full program for This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival has […]

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INVITATION: Creative Sector Consultation and Collaboration

OPEN INVITATION TO THE CREATIVE SECTOR Smart Arts is a partnership between the City of Newcastle, Octapod and The Business Centre which delivers a program supporting the creative industries in Newcastle to be collaborative, inclusive and sustainable – business and professional skills development, as well as networking and collaboration opportunities. Octapod and The Business Centre are looking […]

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Partnership promotes access and inclusion in the arts

Octapod has joined forces with St Vincent de Paul Society’s Ability Links and Early Links NSW to promote social inclusion and better access to the arts by people with disability across the Hunter region. This three year partnership seeks to build the capacity of artists and the creative sector to be accessible and inclusive and […]

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TiNA first program release

  Clowns, comedians and a whistle-blower to attend open invitation 18th Birthday Party for This is Not Art Since its humble beginnings, This is Not Art (known to friends as TiNA) has been Newcastle’s festival. These days, it’s all grown up and preparing to commemorate its 18th Birthday and reputation as one of Australia’s most […]

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VIDEO: Creative Access in Newcastle

Octapod has produced a 4 minute showreel that celebrates inclusive arts practice in Newcastle. Featuring a selection of artists and arts organisations committed to making their programs accessible and inclusive of people with disability, including the Hunter Writers Centre, Studio Bliss, Octapod and Open Cage Ensemble. Find out more about Octapod’s Creative Access Program and […]

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