August 30, 2016


TiNA 2016 celebrates Newcastle as a first rate creative city.
Full festival program now online

With six weeks until This is Not Art (TiNA) 2016 kicks off in Newcastle, the full festival program has now been released online. Boasting 191 free events over four days ranging from panels exploring contemporary arts practice, the ever popular Zine Fair, theatre works in development, and open mic spoken word sessions, this year 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 will pop up across the Newcastle CBD over the October long weekend and wrap the city in neon green – spread over 22 venues including The Lock-Up, Royal Exchange, Pivot Dance, Gallery Sixty One Revisited and Creative Word Shop. Featuring artists from every State and Territory of Australia, TiNA 2016 explores diverse themes such as identity politics and other social issues like ‘Where are you from?’.

The program of events is diverse and vibrant and includes the Critical Animals’Performance Night – Was it a dream? A Midsummer Night’s Dream? showcasing performance artists, poets and musicians including Aden Rolfe, Gabrielle Everall, Emily Bennett, Melody Paloma, Chiara Grassia and Marisa Georgiou; Speech Nightwith Omar Musa, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Hera Lindsay-Bird and Jack Vening as well as programming collaborations between Crack Theatre Festival and Tantrum Youth Arts via TRAJECTORY: SOLO WORKS featuring Jo Lynch, Mel O’Dell, Zana Kobayashi, Gillian Adamson, Caitlin Dempsey, Chris Le Page, Jamee Campbell; and with Propel Youth Arts WA with The Hive Ensemble: Haydon Wilson, Lachlan Jennings, Mariah O’Dea, Rhiannon Peterson, Sean Guastavino and Zoe Street (WA) for Look Up.

There are plenty of opportunities for the public to take part this year with three open mic events presented by National Young Writers’ Festival and a Sunday Wind Down event in Pacific Park featuring festival and other local artists. Daily TiNA Talks will bring cross-festival artists and audiences together over brunch to discuss the intersection between art and mythology, the environment and gender.

This is Not Art – It’s the four days of the year when collaboration is king and passion, skill and practice are showcased during the nation’s most inspiring party.  

Thursday 29 September – Sunday 2 October 2016.


View the full TiNA 2016 program online via