It may be dreary outside but that's no excuse to stay indoors, especially when the city is jam-packed with incredible events all weekend!
Immerse yourself in the arts on Friday night with thought-provoking events at two of Newcastle's cultural venues.
Newcastle Art Gallery's monthly after-hours art party - Last Fridays - is back! This month features Boycott, a local femme punk band inspired by politics and social justice along with a performance of suitably loud, angry, and witty protest poems by exhibiting artist and poet Richard Tipping. While you're there experience the latest exhibitions while enjoying live performances and a pop-up bar.
Over at City Hall join world renowned theatre, dance, and film-maker Lloyd Newson (OBE, Founder of DV8 Physical Theatre, London) who will be in conversation with Kate Champion (Founder of Force Majeure, Sydney). Hear directly from Lloyd in his keynote speech about his award-winning international career, what drives his passion for creating groundbreaking provocative work, and what lessons he’s learnt over 40 years of working in dance and the arts.
If you're looking to shake things up on Saturday, The Edwards are hosting ARTshake where artists of opposite and contrasting disciplines are paired together to collaborate and create new work via any mode of communication that fits, for example a musician and dancer collaborating and responding to each other via Zoom, or a visual artist responding to pre-recorded spoken word pieces and sent via email or soundcloud. This is the final exhibition of ARTshake and is sure to wow!
At Civic Theatre Hugh van Cuylenburg from The Resilience Project will take to the stage and walk you through his journey, telling stories of the incredible people who have inspired him and The Resilience Project to spread happiness. Hugh will unpack the research on mental health and break it down into simple tips that will leave you feeling empowered to improve your wellbeing. Adults, parents, professionals, teenagers; this talk is for you. Well, really, it’s for anyone who wants to share a laugh and pick up some wellbeing tips along the way.
On Sunday Homegrown Markets are back at The Station from 9am with a curated line up of handmade and eco focused goods, delicious street food, coffee, sweet treats, live music, kids' activities and so much more. Celebrate all things made in Newy while soaking up some good vibes and positive energy with your family, friends and four-legged mates.
Get your Christmas shopping underway at the Hunter Arts Network Christmas Art Bazaar in Lambton Park. Bring the family or meet up with friends to wander the stalls and find unique gifts or treats for yourself, and meet the local Hunter makers and artists. By purchasing direct from the makers you’ll be supporting their work after what’s been another difficult year, while also getting to take home a one of a kind treasure!
End your weekend on a high note with some amazing local musical talent. Join the Clarendon as they kick off their Summer Sundays with live music from 2pm in their hidden beer garden. The bar will be slinging $12 spritzers with a menu of 5 different flavours to choose from, and the restaurant will be open all day to feed hungry tummies.
Over at 48 Watt St settle in for an afternoon with acclaimed Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Lara and his incredible ensemble. Be transported to Southern Spain and captivated by a world class flamenco performance of guitar, dance, piano and percussion.
Looking for more ideas for your weekend and beyond? See the full list of events on What's On.