New program announcements - This Land, Global Gathering & more

25 August 23

In big music news, we are thrilled to announce the 2023 lineup for one of our most exciting FREE events in the festival, This Land, presented by University of Newcastle.  Featuring local alumni artists alongside acclaimed First Nations musicians, this concert is set to light up Museum Park.

We also have you covered with some of the latest event updates and some of the University of Newcastle’s other recommended must sees.

Have you booked your New Annual tickets yet?

This Land

Winner of Triple J Unearthed High’s Indigenous Initiative Becca Hatch, alongside Denni, Maanyung & self-produced singer-songwriter Blanche are among the nationally renowned First Nations acts on the bill for This Land.

Celebrate the sound, soul and spirit of the many nations of Australia and join us for this free event, proudly presented by University of Newcastle.

Kamilaroi-Samoan artist, Becca Hatch is carving her own path in the contemporary R&B, dance-pop scene. After winning Triple J Unearthed High’s Indigenous Initiative in 2017 she has continued to build her artistic reputation.
DENNI is a proud Pakana woman with a distinct voice and memorable stage presence. With close to a decade of national performance history and the development of her unique sound, Denni is not to be missed.

Emerging artist Maanyung uses his voice to connect with country and spirit. His captivating tone and lyrical storytelling will stay with you beyond This Land.

Blanche is a self produced singer-songwriter, his latest release, “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes” is an intimate mixture of Sweeping orchestral moments and Spanish-influenced guitar.

Also catch Dancenorth's NOISE - a united force of percussive energy and

powerful dance that will ignite your sense of community through our primal connection to rhythm.

Friday 29 Sept, from 6:00pm, Museum Park  

FREE Event - Register Online 

Global Gathering

Celebrate the diverse cultures that make up Newcastle at Global Gathering. You are invited to try new foods, learn how to make Chinese lanterns, dance along with Bollywood dancers and so much more at this all day event taking over Museum Park with multiple stages.

Eat, dance, sing and learn as part of Global Gathering.

Saturday 30 Sept, from1:00pm, Museum Park 

Civic Bar Beats: University of Newcastle Student Showcase 

This UoN showcase is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of our talented local artists. Shayanne Irwin, Mishayla, Bree Rusev, Jesse Morrison and Abbi Yeo Duo will be performing a mixture of original and cover music. It's the perfect starter to Aussie band Boy & Bear who will performing at the Civic Theatre later that evening. 

This is a collaborative student showcase between University of Newcastle and Civic Theatre Newcastle.

Thursday 28 Sept, from 4:00pm, Civic Theatre Bar 

Just Not Australian 

Visit the University of Newcastle’s Watt Space Gallery for the free exhibition of Not Just Australian. It brings together 19 artists across generations and diverse cultural backgrounds to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood.

Presented by Artspace Sydney, 19 artists deal with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood.

22 September - 01 October, Watt Space Gallery 

Music & Robotics Workshop

Newcastle Conservatorium of Music invites students (aged 9-14) to participate in a fun workshop combining music and robotics. 

Engage in music and engineering thinking, collaborate with peers and create something spectacular as part of this STEAM school holiday program.

Monday 25 Sept, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Ngiarrenumba Burrai (Our Country)

Ngiarrenumba Burrai (Our Country) is a space that centres Awabakal cultural practice, people and stories. 

Free workshops will run throughout New Annual festival, including language, art, clap sticks, dance, bush tucker, tools and spears.

University of Newcastle Associate Lecturer Shellie Smith is a co-producer of workshops and a proud Awabakal woman. 

23 — 30 September, Museum Park


Be captivated by the vibrant work of internationally renowned photographer and former University of Newcastle student, Atong Atem in her first Newcastle exhibition, held in an iconic venue. The exhibition presents migrant stories & obscured layers of history on a cinematic scale.

23 September - 01 October, 134 King St on the corner of Perkins

Image credit: Atong Atem, Henna 1, 2021. Courtesy of MARS and the artist. 


  Proudly supported by University of Newcastle