2018 Tina Critical Animals Exhibition, Photo: Paul Freeman

This is Not Art Festival

This is Not Art (TiNA) is a four day arts festival that celebrates Newcastle as a leading creative city. In 2019, Octapod will host the 22nd annual This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) over the Labour Day long weekend, Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th October.

This is Not Art continues to imprint its distinct brand of creative art, music, writing and performance across multiple venues in the city of Newcastle. Participants from around the country continue to use TiNA as a platform to be inspired, share ideas, network and express their unique selves to a supportive audience.

TiNA 2019 will offer an array of workshops, panels, performances and special events for those interested in exploring dynamic and engaging contemporary arts.

The 2019 festival comprises of three co-presenters:

National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF’s) mission is to provide a joyful, radical and transformative bootcamp for Australian writers under 35. The program is curated in consultation with emerging writing communities. Topics span fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word, digital media, journalism, comics, games. The festival theme is ‘foundations’ and their program is designed to equip young writers with the tools for a successful writing career.

Crack X will partner with five NSW based arts organisations that support emerging artists to provide creative development residencies that result in an outcome presented at TiNA. They will also deliver a ‘rough and ready’ scratch night, providing an opportunity for artists to develop their process of making and experimenting with the seed of an idea.

Critical Animals will provide a platform for emerging artists, thinkers and researchers to present developing ideas, research and practices at a Symposium, as well as an exhibition and digital catalogue. The Symposium will be positioned as an incubator for early career academics – offering a safe and supportive space to present their research and engage in critical discussion.

And one Special Guest:

WE DON’T DANCE (WDD) will produce three evenings of music and art comprising of collaborations between emerging musicians and artists from Newcastle and regional NSW.

VISIT THIS IS NOT ART FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ARTIST CALL OUTS, GETTING TO NEWCASTLE AND THE FESTIVAL PROGRAM