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Events October 2014

Bach Mass in B Minor by The Song Company

Date: 23 October 2014

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral

Contact Details: 

To buy tickets: http://www.songcompany.com.au or call (02) 8272 9500

In a rare soloistic performance, the singers of The Song Company and Ironwood Chamber Ensemble will combine to present Johann Sebastian Bach's magnificent Mass in B Minor featuring one voice per part vocal scoring. Widely regarded as the Mount Everest of vocal music, this work is usually performed with a mass choir ? The Song Company are taking it back to its original form of 10-part vocal harmony to showcase Bach's stylistic and technical brilliance. Thursday 23 October, 7.00pm | Christ Church Cathedral, Church Street, Newcastle www.songcompany.com.au

BIKEFEST

Date: 25 & 26 October 2014

Venue: Honeysuckle

Contact Details: 

http://bikefest.net.au/

Bikefest is an award winning lifestyle event designed to encourage Novocastrians to enjoy a weekend of bike rides, races, expos and entertainment at locations along our city's beautiful foreshore and scenic cycleways. Bikefest offers something for everyone from elite athletes to families, commuters, recreational cyclists, new and experienced riders. It encourages people of all ages and interests to make riding a bike part of their everyday lives, helping build a healthier, more liveable city, good for our people, economy and our environment. Bikefest brings together a host of organisations and activities to present the biggest cycling event in our region.

It builds on outstanding successes of previous years including winning the cycling industry’s national and state awards for best event.

Bikefest will offer attractions to new and experienced cyclists and will provide a unique opportunity for businesses and organisations to showcase their community awareness, corporate responsibility, products and services to a rapidly growing cycling community.

For the latest updates visit facebook: www.facebook.com/bikefestnewcastle

Blues Brothers Rebooted

Date: 25 October 2014

Venue: Lizotte's

Contact Details: 

Ph: 4956 2066 http://newcastle.lizottes.com.au/live/index.asp

The "Blues Brothers Rebooted" show is a an exciting, hand clapping, toe tapping new production that pays tribute to both the unforgettable and infectious style of soul music and a faithful recreation of those 2 brothers who donned the Black hats ,dark shades and created what is now a musical institution "The Blues Brothers Rebooted" This High energy, fun and polished presentation firstly features an hour of the finest soul and rhythm and blues classics by such artists as "The Temptations The four tops and Wilson Pickett . The second half get ready to experience the original men in black when Shane Peters(Jake) and Chris Clackson (Elwood) take to the stage and recreate an authentic tribute to the Blues Brothers featuring all the songs, all the moves and all that energy and excitement that you will love and remember from that classic 1980 film which has cemented their music, look and legacy for over 30 years and the demand for this music will not fade anytime soon.

Stockton Hospital Annual Fete

Date: Saturday 25th October 2014

Venue: Stockton Centre, Norfolk Drive, Stockton

Contact Details: 

www.facebook.com/StocktonFete

Bigger and better for 2014 is the Stockton Hospital Fete. Held on the Owen Partridge Oval at the Stockton Centre residential community, the fete will be full of activities for the whole family. Harley rides, a variety of food and drinks, marching bands, clowns, kids rides, market stalls, cakes and slices, BBQ, and live music. New this year is the 'Bikes with Bling' competition for children up to 13 years of age. Bring your decorated bike along to win some great prizes. www.facebook.com/StocktonFete. Join this great day out for the entire family to raise funds for people with profound disabilities.

Love in the Vines: A Hunter Valley Wedding Festival

Date: Sunday 26th October 2014 2014

Venue: Lindeman?s McDonald?s Rd Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Contact Details: 

www.facebook.com/LoveintheVinesWeddingFestival; www.loveinthevines.com.au

Planning a wedding in The Hunter? Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner is proud to announce the inaugural 'Love in the Vines - A Hunter Valley Wedding Festival' on Sunday 26th October 2014 at Lindeman's Estate Pokolbin. See Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner Magazine come to life before your very eyes in a carnival style atmosphere at Lindeman's Estate in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Be greeted with a glass of Lindeman's finest and an amazing Goodie Bag on arrival and then relax and take your time wandering through the gorgeous display of wedding specialists who will inspire and assist you in creating the wedding of your dreams. Be pampered, enjoy a cafe or picnic style lunch, fashion parade, endless entertainment, tour the major wine country wedding venues and immerse yourself in the very best of what the Hunter Valley has on offer when it comes to weddings! Love in the Vines runs from 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday 26th October 2014. Follow us on Facebook for all the latest event updates including prizes, accommodation specials, workshop and seminar schedule, etc. www.facebook.com/LoveintheVinesWeddingFestival TICKETS: $17.50 available at www.loveinthevines.com.au

Wollombo Boots n Ballgowns

Date: Friday 31 October 2014

Venue: Wollombi village

Contact Details: 

www.wollombibootsnballgowns.com.au

For a fantastic Aussie bush experience, visit the historic town of Wollombi in the lower Hunter Valley, only 90 minutes north of Sydney and 60 minutes south west of Newcastle on Friday 31st October for the inaugural Boots'n'Ballgowns dinner dance!! Enjoy the historical roots of this town and be immersed in country hospitality as this rural retreat comes alive with our bush heritage. Traditional dances will be called by none other than the icons of traditional Aussie bush music, the legendary Bushwackers who are guaranteed to get the whole place jumping! In true bushie style, dinner will be a 2-course spit roast affair featuring beef from the bullock spit, lamb on the spit and all the trimmings, plus good old fashioned country home-made desserts, tea and coffee. A well stocked bar will be in order selling beer, wine, sparkling and spirits (please note that this is an over 18's event only and ID will be required). Bar tickets can be purchased both online with your tickets, and on the night.

The dress code? Boots and Ballgowns of course!!!

ACCOMMODATION If you're planing to make a weekend out of it, there's free unpowered camp sites at Wollomb Tavern (with toilets but no shower facilities) and a range of Wollombi accommodation, from luxury guesthouses to bush retreats.

TRANSPORT Book the mini-bus so you don't have to worry about driving. Only $10 per person for a return transfer within 10kms of Wollombi village. The bus will pick you up before Boots'n'Ballgowns, and return you home safely at the end of the night. Transfers can be booked online with your tickets. Tickets are only $65 per head. BUY TICKETS ONLINE NOW!

Events November 2014

Wollombi Small Farms Fair

Date: 1 - 2 November 2014

Venue: Wollombi village

Contact Details: 

www.wollombismallfarmsfair.com.au

A fun-filled family friendly weekend in the historic village of Wollombi, Hunter Valley. The Fair showcases many of the unique qualities of this friendly village, including: arts, crafts and local produce stalls; Small Farms Trade Show; Scarecrow Competition; Mower Mardi Gras; Lantern Parade, and the Endeavour Museum Open Day.

Variety Postie Bike Dash

Date: Sunday 2nd November to Friday 7th November 2014

Venue: Customs House, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.variety.org.au/postiedash

Don your helmet and rev up for a dusty and wacky adventure: the inaugural Variety Postie Bike Dash, a six day, two wheel journey through rural NSW towns in support of Aussie kids in need. This feel good boutique event will see Postie Bike enthusiasts take to dirt and forestry tracks, gravel back roads and country by-roads on a bighearted rollicking ride starting and concluding in Newcastle from Sunday 2nd November to Friday 7th November. The ride will start at the car park of Customs House, Newcastle at 9:00am on Sunday 2nd November with breakfast for riders from 7.30am. The pre-requisite for this new event is owning a standard Honda CT110 Postie Bike and anyone who is over 18 years with a spirit for adventure and a tolerance for discomfort is invited to get involved. This event is not a race or a rally, but rather a group of adventure seeking folk exploring isolated areas of NSW for a worthy cause. Wearing their high-viz vests and helmets with pride, the philanthropic pack will boot their kickstands for the circuitous adventure. The group will take in some of NSW's most stunning sceneries en route, visiting rural communities including Gloucester, Wingham, Nowendoc, Walcha, Manilla, Spring Ridge, Quirindi, Sandy Hollows and Scone. This inspirational fundraiser is equipped to get new and experienced riders alike revved up for the greater good. With a fundraising goal of $60,000, participants are asked to fundraise a minimum of $1,500 to support Variety's good work. Exceptional fundraisers will be rewarded with a prestigious Postie Bike Dash Trophy during the en route presentation extravaganza on Day Six. To give riders a true Postie Dash experience, the group will also have a crate strapped to the back for the essentials and required to wear full safety gear including high-viz vest, helmet, protective shoes and clothing. There will also be a baggage vehicle to transport luggage and the Dashers will enjoy overnight stops in towns with access to quality accommodation and meals. Family and friends are welcome to join for meals with advanced notification. This is a boutique event limited to 30 riders, with a 'first in best dressed' policy. Registration includes an initial $500 to register, $450 for meals, and a minimum of $1,500 to be fundraised for Variety by the event date.

Real Film Festival

Date: Friday 7 - Sunday 9 November 2014 2014

Venue: Tower Cinemas, King St, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

info@screenhuntercentralcoast.com.au

The Real Film Festival is a three-day community, arts and industry event. During the festival will be showcasing documentaries, independent short and feature films based on true stories. The Program comprises of film screenings, Industry workshops, film Q&A, networking events and film competitions for filmmakers of all ages and experience. Festival Point of Difference The Real Film Festival differs from other film festivals in several ways 1. The films must be based on true stories 2. Independent film focused 3. The Festival's Watch, Learn, Create philosophy Festival Philosophy The RFF has been created around three key themes designed to inspire, entertain and educate the audience: Watch = Screenings Learn = Workshops, Talks and Networking Events Create = Short Film Competitions Festival Program The Festival will be held in Newcastle, NSW from November 7-9, 2014 across a number of venues within the CBD, including the Civic Theatre, Tower Cinemas, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Museum, Civic Park and other venues. The Festival Program includes a variety of entertainment including the Opening Night Gala held at Civic Theatre with a party to follow at one of Newcastle's unique venues The Lockup. The Festival will also deliver an Open Air Cinema in Civic Park, film screenings at Tower Cinema and short film screenings at Newcastle Museum and a variety of other locations as well as a number of networking events. The festival will also screen a series of short films throughout the weekend as a part of the City Evolutions projections program. The educational component of the Real Film Festival will see innovate Film Industry development workshops and talks held at Newcastle City Hall, Crown Plaza and other locations across the weekend. On Friday 7th November we will be holding 8 Industry Development workshops aimed at emerging film makers followed up on the Saturday with 2 further industry workshops, talks, Q&A's and industry panel discussion. Through networking events the Festival will continue to connect inbound and local filmmakers with the established arts community and businesses based in the region.

Cotton Sidewalk Finale

Date: 9th November 2014

Venue: Adamstown Arts Auditorium

Contact Details: 

Adamstown Arts 228 Brunker Road Adamstown NSW 2289 Ph: 49571887 www.adamstown-arts.com.au Tickets available through www.cottonsidewalk.com

After 15 years of music, rock band Cotton Sidewalk will be put to death in a special celebration at Adamstown Uniting Church. Performing the best album you've never heard 'Evil Versus People' in it's entirety, with complete instrumentation. It will be the album's 5-year anniversary. 8th November, 2014 Adamstown Uniting Church Auditorium 228 Brunker Road, Adamstown NSW 2289 Doors Open 7pm, Show at 8pm. All Ages Welcome! Adults $20, Concession $15

Kilgour Prize

Date: 8 November 2014 to 25 January 2015 2014

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

Contact Details: 

www.nag.org.au

The annual Kilgour Proze for figurative and portrait painting awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, as judged by a selection panel comprising of Sarah Johnson, Curator Newcastle Art Gallery and two independant judges. A People's Choice prize of $5,00 is also awarded. The Kilgour Prize is generally financed by the Jack Noel Kilgour bequest.

The Kransky Sisters - Piece Of Cake @ Lizotte's

Date: 9 November 2014

Venue: Lizotte's

Contact Details: 

http://newcastle.lizottes.com.au/live/index.asp

Ph: 4956 2066

Watch out! The Kransky Sisters are bringing their brand new-baked show to town! From Abba to Pink Floyd and Beyonce to AC/DC, these three eccentric sisters with their eclectic mix of instruments including musical saw, tuba, old reed keyboard, and kitchen pots, have cooked up a very special sweet and sour serving of well known songs gleaned from their old wireless at home. Add to this, a spicy lot of stories from the sister’s travels, and you have the icing on the cake. Hot out of the oven, these oddball Queensland sisters reminiscent of your old aunties, will leave you wanting seconds! The Kransky Sisters have won several major awards including The Age Critics Award 2004, the Melbourne Airport Best Newcomers Award 2004, a Greenroom Award for best Cabaret Ensemble, and a prestigious Australian Live Entertainment Mo Award 2005 for best comedy group. In 2006 they received an Edinburgh Festival’s Herald Angel Award for Excellence and in 2008 a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Cabaret Production.

Radical Reels Tour 2014 - Newcastle

Date: Thursday, 13 November 2014 2014

Venue: Tower Cinemas, 183-185 King Street, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

jemima@adventurereels.com.au   www.radicalreels.com.au

Catch the steepest and deepest in high-adrenalin outdoor sport films when the 2014 Radical Reels Tour comes to Newcastle this November. Hurtle down steep untouched powder, feel the cold spray of stomach-dropping kayak first descents, fly high with the world?s wildest wingsuiters, and much more in extreme mountain sports. The 2014 Radical Reels Australian tour features 8 films and has something for every kind of adrenalin junkie. Not Bad will have you on the edge of your seat as world class mountain bikers negotiate epic rocky paths and steep drop offs while Poor Man's Heli showcases gravity defying freeriding. Ski bums will get their fix with a combination of high energy big mountain skiing, mind-blowing snowboard stunts and steep lines in Supervention . Nine Queen will have you hurtling off massive table top jumps while Sufferfest will entertain you with a quest to climb all 15 of California's 14,000 foot peaks using only bikes, hiking and climbing for transport. Adrenalin enthusiasts will feed their addiction, as they watch Wingsuiter Jeb Corliss pioneer human flight within the narrowest of margins in Heaven's Gate . Grab your tickets and hang on to your seats as we present the world?s best action films on the big screen. Visit http://radicalreels.com.au for more details and to buy tickets Cost: Adult $30.00 Group 20+ $25.50 Child $20.50

UPSTAIRZ DOWNSTAIRZ

Date: 14-29 November 2014

Venue: New Lambton South Public School

Contact Details: 

Email: bookings@maureen.com.au PH: 0421072444 http://mymaureenobrien.blogspot.com.au/

3-Act Musical Farce with a whole bunch of quirky characters, wacky one-liners, some fabulous songs, and laughs galore! Picture a bunch of bored new arrivals to the 'Upstairz' Executive Suite, hankering for a taste of the wicked, spicy fun they've heard about 'Downstairz' .....after a lot of moaning and whining, they eventually earn themselves a day-pass below but when they come face to face with Madam Lash and her cohort Sister Josephine, they discover that things are all a little toooo hot to handle! Opening November 14 for a 7-shows/3 week Season. Tix are just $25 and you can get them online at www.ticketebo.com.au/upstairzdownstairz showtime Fri/Sat nights 8pm ... matinee 22nd at 2pm. Net Profits to the New Lambton South Public School

Hank Pearce Golf & Quoits Charity Day

Date: 16 November 2014

Venue: Sugar Valley Golf Course & Holmesville Hotel

Contact Details: 

Contact Tracey on 0416 173 646

The Hank Pearce 4th Annual Golf & Quoits Charity Day is on again Sunday 16th November 2014. 7am tee off at Sugar Valley Golf Course, followed by quoits at Holmesville Hotel, from 12 noon. All welcome at both venues, gold coin BBQ lunch at the hotel with raffles and auctions to raise further funds in the afternoon. Cost is $20 each for golf or quoits or $30 for both activities. All proceeds from this event go to the Cancer Council and Mum's Cottage (Holmesville's local motherhood support network).

Casey Donovan LIVE

Date: 20 November 2014

Contact Details: 

31 Morehead St Lambton Ph: 4956 2066 www.lizottes.com.au

After a meteoric rise to fame at the tender age of 16, when she became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol,Casey Donovan has gone on to make an indelible mark on the Australian theatre and music scenes. Donovan's Australian Idol success saw her make regular appearances on television, radio and in print media across Australia. She was also a star performer at many major events, including the Commonwealth Games, Woodfood Dreaming Festival and Foxtel's 10th Birthday. Fastforward to the present day and Donovan is a multi-award winner & nominee, including an ARIA No #1 Award for Listen With Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent. She has not only re-established herself as a solo Independent artist with the release of an Independent EP Eye 2 Eye, but also cemented her position as one of Australia’s most promising Indigenous entertainers, with regular appearances on Vibe Alive Tours and a regular segment on Deadly Sounds with Rhoda Roberts.

In 2010 Donovan returned to the music arena with the release of her hotly anticipated single Big, Beautiful & Sexy. As a result of this inspirational song, she not only garnered new fans Australia-wide, but also became a poster girl for fuller-figured women. Her online Facebook support group Big, Beautiful & Sexy is now nearing 9,000 fans and Donovan herself is feeling healthier and more fabulous than ever. Donovan has taken her Big, Beautiful & Sexy ethos further by touring in her own show, which has seen the remarkable singer perform to sell out crowds at some of the country's most coveted venues and participate in events such as Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, The Rocks Festival of the Voice, Darwin Festival and Yabun Festival. In 2011, Donovan returned to the stage and, after winning critical acclaim for her performance as Mama Cass in the Melbourne production of new Australian musical Flowerchildren, went on to headline her own Mama Cass shows in Sydney and Canberra. In addition to headlining Vibe Alive tours across Australia and securing a residency at Sydney’s coveted venue StoneWall, Donovan also supported the legendary Cyndi Lauper on her Australian National Tour. When not wowing audiences with her powerhouse vocals, Donovan also hosted the 2011 Deadly Awards alongside Aaron Pederson and flexed her acting muscles in another Company B Belvoir production, this time as Audrey in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. 2012 is already gearing up to be yet another busy year, with the return of Casey’s acclaimed Big, Beautiful & Sexy show. The talented performer will also headline the Saltwater Freshwater Festival, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute’s Spirit Festival and perform part of several other festivals. Donovan will also continue to lend her name and support to a number of charitable and non-profit organisations in her roles as Ambassador for APRA/AMCOS, Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

Circus Avalon Presents - Up in the Air - A Zeus Tale

Date: 27th and 28th of November 2014

Venue: Broadmeadow PCYC Grounds

Contact Details: 

John Campbell john@circusavalon.com.au 0409 495 747 www.circusavalon.com.au

Circus Avalon Presents - Up in the Air - A Zeus Tale! This is a fantastic, fun, family friendly show that's happening this school holidays. The perfect morning or afternoon event to keep the kids (even the big ones!) entertained! Show times are 11am and 3pm each day on the 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th of September. Tickets are only $15 per person and kids 3 and under get in for free! Don't miss your chance to see Newcastle's own and only circus, Circus Avalon! Visit the website www.circusavalon.com.au for details or feel free to call John on 0409495747 or email at john@circusavalon.com.au.

Newcastle Italian Film Festival

Date: 21 - 23 November 2014

Venue: Tower Cinemas, 185 King Street

Contact Details: 

www.newcastleitalianfilmfestival.com.au

Hand in Hand Art House is proud to present Newcastle's annual Italian Film Festival to be held on the 21st to 23rd November 2014 (with an advanced screening on 15th & 16th November) at the Tower Cinemas, Newcastle. The Festival is about celebrating the traditions and embracing Italy's way of life through Australian eyes.

World's Biggest Car Boot Sale

Date: Sunday 23rd November 2014 2014

Venue: Hunter Stadium carpark

Contact Details: 

Hunter Life Education on 4958 6766 or www.carbootsale.org.au

The World's Biggest Car Boot Sale is a huge community market and garage sale that raises valuable funds for Hunter Life Education. Shop until you drop & grab a bargain just in time for Christmas. From toys to tools, books, games, knick knacks, craft, everything! There will be plenty of great food on offer too. Hunter Life education is hosting a fundraising BBQ and there will be other food vans selling a variety of hot and cold food, sno cones, ice cream, gourmet coffee and more! Healthy Harold and Big Dog will be there! So, head down to Hunter Stadium car park on Sunday 23rd November and support Hunter Life Education. Gold Coin donation on entry. For more information head to www.carbootsale.org.au or call 1300 554 246

ACO - Marwoods Serenade

Date: 27 November 2014

Venue: NEWCASTLE CITY HALL

Contact Details: 

aco@aco.com.au or phone 1800 444 444

Acclaimed British violinist Anthony Marwood is loved by audiences, critics and players for his distinctive playing, golden sound and inspiring leadership.

An excellent opening for this showcase of string orchestra repertoire, Stravinsky’s balletic tribute to Tchaikovsky was recently recorded by Marwood in a performance hailed as “scintillating from start to finish” (BBC Music Magazine).

One of our favourite string works, Dvořák’s uplifting Serenade fills the hall with pure, unadulterated joy. A natural extension of the Dvořák and Tchaikovsky Serenades, late-Romantic composer Enescu’s gutsy piece is “a powerful work of genius…in concert, it would undoubtedly bring down the house” (Edition Silvertrust).

Tickets from $52 Direct bookings to www.aco.com.au or ph 1800 444 444

LIKE US: Patricia Piccinini - Launch

Date: 28 November 2014

Venue: Laman Street and Civic Park, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.nag.org.au

Come and celebrate the opening of Like Us, an exhibition by Patricia Piccinini, with a family even in Laman St and Civic Park. The headline act the Skywhale, a 34m long, 23m high hot-air balloon. Civic Park will be a children's playground for the night with a program of arts and craft activities to engage the young at heart, while Laman Street will feature food, wine and music.

LIKE US: Patricia Piccinini

Date: 29 November - 22 February 2014

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

Contact Details: 

http://nag.org.au/exhibitions/future/artist/like_us_patricia_piccinini

'Like Us' is an substantial exhibition that highlights the key themes of my practice. The work is often intense, sometimes strange, sometimes beautiful, frequently emotional, accessible yet complex and always looking to create connections with the audience and stimulate thought and discussion

Dream On Dreamer

Date: 30th November 2014

Venue: Small Ballroom, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

http://dreamondreamer.oztix.com.au

Dream On Dreamer (DOD) are pleased to announce the ...And The Light Pulled Me Back Tour. After dropping the new single 'Darkness Brought Me Here' to the delight of their fans, the band are pleased to follow up the huge demand with a run of 18+ and All Ages shows along the East Coast. 2014 has been a turbulent year for the band with drummer Aaron Fiocca fighting cancer and a member change with the addition of Chris Shaw (ex House Vs Hurricane) on bass. This would be too much to handle for most bands but DOD are stronger than ever and are currently busy writing their third album scheduled for release in 2015. Aaron is now fighting fit and smashing the drums with huge beats and as a whole the band are really excited for the future. DOD can't wait to test some new material live, plus also play all the fan favorites. Dream On Dreamer will be joined by local special guests for each show, don't miss catching DOD live in your town!

RUN Newcastle 2014

Date: 30 November 2014

Contact Details: 

http://runaustralia.com.au/about Ph: (03) 5261 5511 Email:runaustralia@rapidascent.com.au

Run Australia is working towards improving the health of young people in regional Australia. The Cotton On Foundation's mission is to empower youth and we achieve this through partnering with communities where there is a need for improved health facilities for young people.

How? It's easy!

We facilitate a fun event like no other, where people can run, walk or roll the streets of their town while raising money for a local health-related project. With 100% of every registration fee going straight to the cause, we make sure you see results. That's right, 100%! So whether it?s the Special Care Nursery in Geelong or the Adolescent Ward in Newcastle, we need you to get involved!

Why are we different? 100% of every registration fee goes directly to the cause. We run community events for local people of all abilities, providing them with the platform to raise money for local projects. Our events are run in regional centres with a population of 60,000+. Funds raised are directed to one local cause with a tangible 3-5 year outcome. Run Newcastle will raise funds for Redevelopment of the Adolescent Ward at John Hunter Children's Hospital.

Events December 2014

Interactive Entertainment 2014 - Fun and Games

Date: 2-3 December 2014

Venue: ICT Building, University of Newcastle

Contact Details: 

ieconference2014@gmail.com

Interactive Entertainment is Australasia's longest running games and digital entertainment conference. IE2014 is the 10th anniversary of this Conference and is being hosted by the University of Newcastle. IE2014 welcomes scientists, designers, artists, technicians, students, industry and academics from across the spectrum. Anyone interested in the myriad of technologies, approaches and issues that surround interactive entertainment and computer games are encouraged to come along and share their perspective on "Fun and Games". For more information please see: http://ieconference.org/ie2014/

Classics on the Boardwalk: Lights, Camera, Action!

Date: 5 December 2014

Venue: Honeysuckle Promenade, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.nyo.com.au/

Join Newcastle Youth Orchestra and Bella Voce as they present an evening of music from the silver screen. Get your popcorn ready, sit back, relax and enjoy classics from the movies and original scores by John Williams, Ennio Morricone and many more! FREE EVENT.

Variety Santa Fun Run

Date: Sunday 7th December 2014

Venue: Fountain at Harbour Square Honeysuckle, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

To register for the Variety Santa Fun Run visit www.varietysantafunrun.com.au

'Tis the season to paint the town red and white! It's time again for wannabe Santas young and old to get set for some seasonal antics and dress as a Claus for a cause for the 2014 annual Variety Santa Fun Run! This year, masses of Santa Claus? will come to every state in Australia - running, walking, rolling and ?Ho! Ho! Ho-ing!? on their merry way to raise funds for Variety the Children's Charity and Aussie kids in need. Newcastle's bighearted Santas will hit the pavement on December 7 for the annual Variety Santa Fun Run, starting the 5km route from the fountain at Harbour Square Honeysuckle, going along the foreshore to Newcastle's iconic Nobbys Lighthouse and back. Fun runners also have the option of just a 3km route to Nobbys Reserve and back. Everyone will finish right where they started, where there will be a fun filled festive event with plenty of lunch choices at Honeysuckles fabulous restaurants. A snazzy Santa suit is FREE with every entry to make sure you fit in with the sea of Santas! In fact, the light cotton shorts, top, belt, hat and beard pay homage to a summery Aussie Christmas and ensure a cool and happy-go-lucky group of Santas. The occasion is an opportunity to take part in a fun filled community event whilst doing something for the greater good. Variety is encouraging all participants to fundraise to help support Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, this Christmas and beyond. Tam Johnston, CEO of Variety - the Children's Charity NSW said how funds raised were so important. 'Christmas is a time when our thoughts turn, not only to our own families, but to those who are having a tougher time than we are. Being part of the Variety Santa Fun Run is a fantastic way to make a difference for Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs and their families at this special time of year. So I invite you to don your Santa suit and join us as we kick off the Christmas season with some silliness. By asking your family and friends to sponsor you, you will be helping to raise much needed funds to help kids who need your support this Christmas. Spirited Santas who fundraise more than $1,000 individually or $5,000 as a group will sparkle on the day, as Variety are awarding coveted, limited edition gold Santa hats to outstanding fundraisers. Adding a bit of bling to the running attire, this special hat can be worn as a badge of honour, signifying the tremendous above-and-beyond efforts of these valued Variety supporters. To become part of this colossal Christmassy event, you can register for $25 for adults, $10 for children, $50 for families (two x adults and two x children), while little Elves (two years and under) can join the fun for free! Keen to enlist friends, family or a corporate group? Why not enter a team! (Groups of four or more receive 10% off)

WATSKY - ALL YOU CAN DO TOUR HITS NEWCASTLE!

Date: 11 December 2014

Venue: The Small Ballroom

Contact Details: 

Tickets available from http://watsky.nwaevents.net/ and http://bit.ly/1r7Gjqg

Watsky is bringing his dynamic live show combining humour, rapid-fire rapping, storytelling and occasional spoken word poetry, along with his six-piece band to perform eight shows this December in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Bunbury, Rockingham and Perth in collaboration with New World Artists. Getting his start after winning San Francisco's National Youth Poetry Slam as a teenager in 2006, Watsky was subsequently featured on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and spent the next four years performing poetry at hundreds of Universities across the US. Thanks to a breakout viral success in 2011, Watsky has been a guest on Ellen (twice), Last Call with Carson Daly, in the latest season of Arrested Development(Episode 7, "Colony Collapse"), and has racked up over 200 million YouTube hits, sold over one hundred thousand albums, and performed at numerous festivals including Outside Lands, Wireless and the entire Van's Warped Tour 2014. All You Can Do is a 16-track reflection of WATSKY's journey to date, covering ground from his relationship with his parents, to dealing with a recent illness, to the fallout from a stage-stunt on tour in the UK last year. The video for lead single "Whoa Whoa Whoa" was released directly to Watsky's rabid fan base in mid-June and has since amassed over 2.4 million views.

Go Wild Christmas Party

Date: 13th December 2014 2014

Venue: Newcastle Jockey Club

Contact Details: 

Call 4961 1573 to book http://www.njc.com.au/events/go-wild-christmas-party/

Get your tribe together and celebrate Christmas in the Jungle - perfect for corporate and social groups. This year, our lavish, themed, Christmas party will transport you to the wilds of the Amazon and the exotic tribes of Africa. Sip champagne and celebrate surrounded by drummers, entertainers and more. Tickets include gourmet dinner and beverages, canapes on arrival and live entertainment throughout the evening. $128 per person. Dress code - cocktail.

Events February 2015

Baden Pailthorpe: Art Exhibition

Date: 7 February - 26 April 2015

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

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www.nag.org.au

In 2013 Baden Pailthorpe was the Artist in REsidence at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Instead of being sent to interpret a war sone, Pailthorpe was embedded whitin the institution itself, focusing on the artefacts and practices that make up its collection. Spatial Operations is resultant work of the residency. It examines the power of artefacts, ANZAC mythology and the commemorative function of offical narratives. Its inaugral display at Newcastle Art Gallery will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli.

Feminism: Art Exhibition

Date: 7 February - 26 April 2015

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

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www.nag.org.au

This exhibition considers some of the ways that women's liberation and feminism converged with photography in Australia during the 1970s and 80s. During this time, feminism and photography shared a very active and mutually supportive relationship, which was in some ways, interdependent.

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars

Date: 28 February 2015

Venue: King Edward Park

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www.newcastlepermanent.com.au/cinema or www.facebook.com/cinema

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest FREE outdoor cinema program and is coming to a town near you! Gates open at 5:30pm for a fantastic afternoon of family-friendly entertainment, with the big screen lighting up at sundown. For further details please visit our website newcastlepermanent.com.au/cinema or 'Like Us' at www.facebook.com/newcastlepermanent. A free shuttle bus is available for this event, please refer to www.newcastlepermanent.com.au/cinema for further details.

Events March 2015

Capital and Country: Art Exhibition

Date: 7 March - 31 May 2015

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

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www.nag.org.au

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900 - 1914 is the National Gallery of Australia's first major exhibition to focus on Australian painting from this formative era of the nation's history. Drawing together the art of a newly Federated Australia with the work of Australias residing in Europe, the 46 works in this exhibition invite viewers on a journey from the Australian bush to bohemian enclaves of London and Paris. Well-known and loved paintings from the national collection will be on display to tell the stories of thie era, as well as works from the collections of the Parliament of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

Events November 2015

Beards, Mo's & Bro's Art Exhibition

Date: 8 November 2014 - 25 January 2015 2014

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

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www.nag.org.au

In concert with Kilgour Prize 2014 - an exhibition showcasing figurative and portraiture genres; Beards, Mo's & Bro's. Bringing together works from the Newcastle Art collection, this exhibition feautres the diversity of beards and moustaches from the 'hipster' beard, to the grand style of mutton chops.