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Events June 2014

Snow Time in the Gardens

Date: 28 June - 13 July 2014

Venue: Hunter Valley Gardens

Contact Details: 

Hunter Valley Gardens Broke Road Pokolbin, NSW 2320 Australia Ph: 61 2 4998 4000 | Fax: 61 2 4998 4001

On Saturday June 28th Hunter Valley Gardens will transform into a Winter Wonderland as ?Snow Time in the Garden? kicks off. The event runs from June 28th to July 13th, 2014 with more than 12 fun activities on offer in the same venue, it is guaranteed fun for the whole family. The two week event will give children and adults alike the chance to enjoy all things winter, without having to travel to the snow! The perfect school holiday fun! Whether you want to be part of the Husky Racing Demonstrations, go Tobogganing or watch an amazing ice sculpture carved from scratch, there really is something for everyone. ACTIVITIES: REAL ICE SKATING RINK ? DAILY 10.00am ? 9.00pm (last session 8.30pm) Kick off your Snow Time fun with a spin around a Real Ice Skating Rink, fitted with disco lights and music! Skating sessions will run for 20 minutes and can fit up to 200 skaters at any time. With sessions starting at 10.00am every day, and skating equipment provided, make sure you don?t miss out! HUSKY RACING DEMONSTRATIONS ? DAILY 10.00am, 11.30am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm Come and see the amazing husky dogs and their trainers as they show you what these amazing animals can do! You?ll see how the huskies react to voice commands, how they are harnessed and how they are trained to run in teams. These dogs and their trainers are international competitors, so it?s definitely not one to miss! SNOW DOG OF THE DAY ? DAILY 10.00am ? 2.00pm Each day there will be a different breed of cold climate dog, including Chow Chows, Tibetan Terriers and Samoyeds. This activity gives you the opportunity to interact and spend time with these rare and beautiful animals. SNOW BALL CHALLENGE - DAILY 10.00am-9.00pm Always wanted to know what a real snow ball fight is like? Make sure you head to the Snow Ball Challenge zone, it?s set up similar to a game of volleyball and gives family members the chance to have a bit of friendly competition as they throw snow balls at each other over the net. Perfect for all ages. LIVE ICE SCULPTING - 28th June, 29th June, 4th July, 5th July, 6th July, 11th July, 12th July, 13th July at 11.00am and 2.00pm Come and watch international ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa as he turns frozen water into sculptures! Kenji produces handmade ice sculptures by using a chainsaw, and will be making moose, penguins, bears and kangaroos on stage! REAL ICE TOBOGGAN ? DAILY 10.00am ? 9.00pm Have you got a need for speed? Get your blood pumping as you speed down a 25 metre toboggan track. The family fun doesn?t stop here! Other activities throughout the event include Snow Time Face Painting, Storybook Garden Jumping Castle, Roaming Entertainment, a Snow Time Play Zone and a mechanical Snow Board! And for those wanting a bite to eat, there will be a range of food and beverage stalls offering delicious delights for sale. Cost: All listed activities are FREE once the entry fee is paid. For more details on Snow Time in the Garden, tickets and the full program please visit: www.hvg.com.au Day & Night entry 9.00am to 9.00pm Adult - $28.50 Child - $22.50 Children under 3 ? FREE Family pass (2x adult and 2x children) - $90.00 Night Entry from 5.00pm Adult - $18.00 Children - $15.00 Children under 3 ? FREE Family (2x adult and 2x children) ? $55.00 Accommodation and event packages are also available, for more details visit www.harrigans.com.au Please note that the Chocolate Festival at Hunter Valley Gardens will run in conjunction with Snow Time on the weekend of the 5th and 6th July, 2014. For further information, images and interviews please contact Michelle Simmonds from Agent99 PR on 02 9779 0999 or michelle@agent99pr.com or Nicole Robertson on 02 9779 0999 or nicole@agent99pr.com

Events July 2014

Healthcare access for rural communities - New Professors Talk

Date: 30 July 2014

Venue: Newcastle Museum, Honeysuckle

Contact Details: 

web: www.newcastle.edu.au/npt email: external.relations@newcastle.edu.au phone: 02 4921 7454

Healthcare access for rural communities: everyone's business. Research shows rural Australians experience poorer health than those in metropolitan areas due to their living conditions, social isolation, socioeconomic disadvantage and distance from health services. These Australians need and deserve better access to health care. Meeting this care challenge is the focus of research at the University of Newcastle, Department of Rural Health, under the leadership of its Director, Professor Nicky Hudson. In this talk she will share how community-based health education in NSW can bring together government, industry, universities, community organisations, clinicians and patients themselves, to recruit the right health workforce for their community. Professor Hudson has worked as a GP in indigenous, remote and urban health. She has extensive national and international experience in medical education including senior academic roles in physiology and clinical education, assessment and community-based health education in Australia and the UK. Contact us or go online to register. This is a free community event - all welcome.

Time: 6.15 for a 6.30pm start.

Multicultural Mates - New Men's Shed and Community Garden

Date: 30 July 2014

Venue: Ethnic Communites Council Newcastle

Contact Details: 

RSVP: July 25th on 4960 8248 or email cary@eccnewcastle.org.au

A Registration-Open Day will be held on Wednesday 30th July for two unique community facilities in Waratah with a focus on multicultural participation and a new Men's Shed and Community Garden. Apart from the facilities being for community use, the plan is for community members to have significant involvement into the direction and projects of both the Shed and the Garden. The Open Day includes a free BBQ, and registrations will be taken on the day for those interested in participating in the Shed and or Garden.

Time: 11am to 1pm. RSVP: July 25th on 4960 8248 or email cary@eccnewcastle.org.au

Comedy@ThePlayHouse

Date: 31 July 2014

Venue: Civic Playhouse

Contact Details: 

http://ruffhousecomedy.com/tours-events/ Tickets $25

Ruffhouse Comedy presents a monthly comedy event, Comedy@ThePlayHouse. This month Comedy@ThePlayHouse is back with a wild night of comedy, Thursday July 31. International Australian comedian Daniel Townes headlines this outrageous show, which is guaranteed to get your Ya Ya's out! So come out and play in Newcastle's premier comedy room, brought to you by Ruffhouse Comedy! Daniel first hit the Sydney comedy scene with his laid-back and conversational stand-up style in 2003, and quickly made his mark as one of the country's best live acts. Since then, he's performed at the prestigious invite-only Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and won over audiences worldwide with his disarming delivery.

Also joining this month's line - up is Julia Wilson. Julia is a headline act in her own right. Julia has wowed crowds worldwide and frankly, there is no other Aussie woman like her. Whether it's being bitten by a lion, stalked by a hippo, getting burnt by a burning hot gun cartridge, or being accosted by an armed hold up convict, Julia has acquired plenty of scars, and certainly isn't afraid to share them with you!

Sally Kimpton rounds off the show with her clever, edgy and hilarious humour which has seen her perform with Rove McManus and Wil Anderson in their American showcase of 2012. Hosted by resident MC Gareth Wasik (iTunes no.1 comedy album 2013), Comedy@ThePlayHouse is going to explode in July! Book you tickets at Ticketek Outlets, Civic Theatre Box Office, online www.ticketek.com.au or phone 4929 1977.

Events August 2014

Be a chef for one night!

Date: 1, 17, 31 Aug & 7 Sept 2014

Venue: Ristorante Il Grifone, Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

4929 2008

ilgrifone2008@gmail.com

Ristorante Il Grifone are looking for competitive teams to generate an authentic Italisn dinner consisting of traditional and contemporary dishes.

ELIGIBILITY - Anyone with general cooking ability. This is not open to any qualified chefs.

REGISTRATION - Teams of 2, entry is free. Please contact Roberto at Ristorante Il Grifone. For details phone 4929 2008 or email ilgrifone2008@gmail.com.

VOTING - Diners and judges will be voting for each course.

WINNERS - Highest score based on above voting plus points for number of diner invited by each participant.

PRIZES  - 1ST - $400 food voucher to be spent at Il Grifone. 2ND - Three course dinner from the a'la carte menu, (no restrictions) for 4 people at Il Grifone. 3RD - One case of Il Grifone wines

DINNER - $60per person, 3 courses, tickets sold at Il Grifone

DATES -  Semi-Finals - August: Sunday 1st, 17th, 31st Finals - September: Sunday 7th

WE ARE NOT MASTER CHEFS... WE ARE FOOD LOVERS !!

I Remember

Date: 3 August 2014

Venue: The Great Hall University of Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.facebook.com/LegacyNewcastle
www.newcastleuniversitychoir.com
www.stickytickets.com.au/17402

"I REMEMBER" - Presented by Newcastle University Choir in association with Newcastle Legacy Join us in commemorating 100 years since WW1 with an afternoon of entertainment including music from the Hunter Singers & the Australian Army Band as well as a short musical play. Tickets can be purchased from Newcastle Legacy Office, MacLean's Booksellers Hamilton, Music Solutions Warners Bay or over the internet at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/17402

Brass for the common man

Date: Friday 8 August 7pm 2014

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

Book online at sydneysymphony.com or call (02) 8215 4600

Join the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass ensemble in a program of stunning brass music. Hear Copland's euphoric Fanfare for the Common Man as well as the elegantly simple street corner piece Thomas Streetsong by Michael Tilson Thomas plus the moving A Requiem in our time. Also on the program is the majestic Mutations from Bach as well as the Concerto for Brass by Australian Paul Terracini.

Get up close and personal with the Brass section at the Christ Church Cathedral this August. COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man BARBER Mutations from Bach TILSON Thomas Streetsong RAUTAVAARA A Requiem in our time TERRACINI Concerto for Brass Michael Mulcahy conductor.

Wallsend Winter Carnivale

Date: 10 August 2014 2014

Venue: Wallsend Town

Contact Details: 

http://www.wintercarnivale.com.au/

10th August 2014 ~ NELSON STREET WALLSEND Celebrating Our 29th Year - Winter Carnivale at Wallsend - The Biggest Event in the Western Suburbs of Newcastle Description On the second weekend in August, Wallsend Town celebrates the Wallsend Winter Carnivale, a fun, family day where local children save up for weeks to spend their pocket money on gifts, show bags and rides. In past years the Wallsend Winter Carnivale has attracted over 35,000 people and ther are special offers, market stalls, entertainment and rides at the festival. The Community comes out in force, as do over 30 local community groups all involved to showcase their products or services. Local businesses are geared up to cook up a storm, hold fashion shows, hair shows and business special offers on the day all mixed in with a select group of quality market stalls offering arts, craft and fine foods

Interlude Piano Festival

Date: 15-17 August 2014

Venue: Adamstown Uniting Church

Contact Details: 

Jenny Barnes jenny.barnes@exemail.com.au

www.adamstown-arts.com.au

Exciting and inspiring keyboard programs have always been an important part of the Adamstown Uniting Church Interlude Concert Series. Now, as part of the 10th Anniversary Series, a 3-day Piano Festival is planned for August, bringing the cream of local musicians to the fine piano and the excellent acoustics and atmosphere of this popular concert venue. The piano will be heard as a soloist in classics and jazz performances, and also in ensemble with voices and other instruments. Friday, August 15, 7.30pm: Classical Piano featuring the young virtuoso William Cesta, in recital, plus the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes sung by quartet Waxing Lyrical (Jennifer Barnes, Rosemary Saunders, Paul Bevan, Christopher Allan) to the piano duo of Ann O'Hearn and Erin Sweetman. Saturday, August 16, 2pm: Cool Keys in Jazz features popular pianist, Terence Koo, boogie-woogie star, Susan Allen, and the exciting Jacob Neale Trio. Sunday, August 17, 10.30am morning tea, 11am concert: Keyboard Sketches showcases the keyboard stars of the future, in a concert arranged by Philip Sketchley, with mentor, pianist, composer, and teacher, Andrew Chubb. Book at www.trybooking.com (Adamstown) or phone 4961 5955. Tickets from $10 to $20, festival passes available. Proceeds from the Festival will support Lifeline and Adamstown Arts.

Hairspray - the Broadway Musical

Date: 16-23 August 2014

Venue: Civic Theatre Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.metropolitanplayers.com.au

Last year Metropolitan Players presented the hugely successful "The Phantom of the Opera" which won 7 CONDA Awards. This year we are presenting the bright, colourful and very funny musical "Hairspray". It's 1962 and change is in the air. Tracy Turnbald, a plus-size girl with big hair and big dreams, has only one passion in life - to dance on the 'Corny Collins Show' on TV. But with the show's scheming stage manager against her, trend-setting Tracy will need the help of her best friend Penny, her big-hearted mother Edna and sassy co-host Motormouth Maybelle to show the world that all it takes to make a dream come true is a toe-tappin' beat and a little HAIRSPRAY. There will be performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and matinees on Saturday 16 & 23 August at 2pm. Tickets cost $50 adults, $40 concession, $42 groups (8+) and are available from Ticketek on 4929 1977.

Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival

Date: 16-17 August 2014

Venue: Newcastle Kart Raceway, Cameron Park

Contact Details: 

Belinda McNab 02 49215700 belinda.mcnab@newcastle.edu.au

The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival is the most comprehensive electric vehicle festival in Australia! The Festival is delivered each year by a range of supportive Hunter organisations and businesses, lead by the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at the University of Newcastle. Electric Vehicles in all shapes and sizes from bicycles to trains are a key technology in making our cities and towns nicer and more prosperous places to live, so we want electric vehicles here, we want them here fast and we want to get Australian business in on the action! The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival is all about thinking of sustainable transport in fun and innovative ways that support the development of electric vehicle industries in the region. We already build our state's electric trains and mining equipment, time to see what else we can do! The EV Show is the main public event of the 2014 Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival. The Show brings together the general public and electric vehicle builders to discover new developments in a wide range of electric vehicles in a fun, interactive,informative and festive atmosphere. The 2012 EV Show attracted more than 8,000 visitors in adverse conditions and brought in $1.8 million to the city. We anticipate that the 2014 event will attract an even larger crowd excited to join us again for what they experienced in 2012, which was a fun and interactive family day for all ages. The central aim of the EV Show is to get the public up close and personal with the full range of electric vehicles from bicycles and mobility aids, through motorcycles, cars and even trains! As a highlight the Show currently has three electric super cars and electric super bikes attending the festival. We welcome businesses and hobbyists who wish to display any type of electrically powered vehicle to the public. We also welcome the participation of businesses wishing to present allied sustainable products and services to the public - especially those that have a strong local manufacturing component and are exciting with a strong educational focus. We look forward to your contribution and participation in the 2014 Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival Show.

Newcastle Roller Derby League presents The Dockyard Dames vs The Punk Blockers DOUBLE HEADER

Date: 16th August 2014

Venue: Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre

Contact Details: 

http://www.newcastlerollerderby.org.au/tickets/

Here it is Newcastle, the bout that you've been waiting for! Newcastle's representative squad The Dockyard Dames will take to the track against Brisbane City Rollers finest, The Punk Blockers. Before this excitement is dished up for your enjoyment however, the men will be showing us how they do it, with BCR's mens team The Scartel squaring off against a mishmash of local skaters calling themselves The White Knight Mighty Mint Chews. Tickets are available online from http://www.newcastlerollerderby.org.au/tickets/ or at the door on the day. Adults (14+) $15, kids (7+) $10, Family (2 adults & 2 kids 7+) $40. Doors open 5pm for a 5:30 start. Don't forget to bring a blanket, cushion or camp chair as available seating is extremely limited. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

ACO - Intimate Letters

Date: 20 August 2014

Venue: NEWCASTLE CITY HALL

Contact Details: 

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

In a dramatic collaboration with Bell Shakespeare, we perform Janáček’s Intimate Letters and Smetana’s From My Life, sharing the stage with esteemed actors who give life to the stories which inspired the music.

Our theatrical staging of Janáček’s first quartet, the Kreutzer Sonata, received glowing reviews and it is exciting to give his second quartet Intimate Letters the same treatment, performing an arrangement for string orchestra under the direction of London Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Gordan Nikolic.

Inspired by more than 700 passionate letters written between Janáček and his much younger, married muse, Intimate Letters explores their overwhelming and obsessive love. Smetana’s autobiographical From My Life soars with the joy and hope of childhood which gradually derails and ultimately descends into despair, as the composer faces the inescapable fate of impending deafness.

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

Spring Salon: Annual Studio Artists Exhibition

Date: 21 August 2014

Venue: Gallery 1 and 2, Newcastle Art Space

Contact Details: 

http://ncac.org.au/newcastle-art-space/

246 Parry St, Hamilton East NSW 2303

This exciting exhibition co-incides with Newcastle Community Arts Centre annual OPEN STUDIO DAY (Saturday 6 Sept 11am - 3pm). Studio artists will be showcases their art practice in a group exhibition in Gallery 1 and 2 of Newcastle Art Space.

'Dimensions of Cardiology' Conference

Date: 23 August 2014

Venue: Harbourview Conference Centre, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.empowernurseeducation.com.au

Program Aim Boost your confidence and refresh your skills regarding all things cardiac. Update your 12 Lead ECG and interpretation ability. Grasp a better understanding of cardiac pathophysiology and cardiac arrhythmias. Differentiate between various complex arrhythmias. This course is ideal for beginners and experienced nurses and cardiac technicians. New graduate nurses will benefit from the course content stemming from basic to advanced practice. Your goals at the conclusion of this day, you will be able to: a) Refresh your skills and go back to basics of normal electrophysiology of the heart b) Distinguish the cause of basic and complex cardiac arrhythmias and recognise them on ECG traces c) dentify common pathophysiological elements in cardiac nursing d) Develop and implement a set of criteria used when interpreting normal sinus rhythm and patients whom complain of chest pain e) Discover current trends in monitoring in cardiac patients f) Describe effective methods and algorithms in recognising and managing cardiac arrest g) Explain contemporary surgical interventions for cardiac patients h) Acquire understanding of a cardiac patients experience.  This course earns attendees 5 CPD Hours

Newcastle Health Harmony Soul

Date: 29-31 August 2014 2014

Venue: Newcastle Exhibition Centre

Contact Details: 

CTM Events 07 5538 7118 info@ctmevents.com.au

3 Sensational Days of Health, Wellbeing & Spirituality Friday 29th August 2014 - 10am-6pm Saturday 30th August 2014 - 10am-6pm Sunday 31st August 2014- 10am-5pm Newcastle Exhibition Centre Over 100 exhibitors and leaders + Popular Psychic Reader's room Free entertainment areas including: Main Stage Native American Tipi Cafe Chat Wellness Workshops Leaders and specialists in these fields come together at Health Harmony Soul to share their knowledge, products and services. Enjoy psychic readers, free seminars, performances, workshops and yoga/meditation classes over the three days to inspire yourself to live the life you love.

Newcastle Health Harmony Soul 2014

Date: 29 - 31 August 2014

Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Contact Details: 

https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/460896790676188/

3 Sensational Days of Health, Wellbeing & Spirituality

  • Friday 29th August 2014 - 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 30th August 2014 - 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 31st August 2014- 10am-5pm

Newcastle Exhibition Centre Over 100 exhibitors and leaders + Popular Psychic Reader's room Free entertainment areas including: Main Stage Native American Tipi Cafe Chat Wellness Workshops Leaders and specialists in these fields come together at Health Harmony Soul to share their knowledge, products and services. Enjoy psychic readers, free seminars, performances, workshops and yoga/meditation classes over the three days to inspire yourself to live the life you love.

Newcastle Jazz Festival

Date: 29-31 August 2014

Venue: Newcastle Jockey Club

Contact Details: 

www.newcastlejazz.com.au PO Box 2262 DANGAR NSW 2309 Judy - 02 4963 7237 Susan - 02 4942 2906

"Jazzin' at the Jockey Club". 200 musicians, 40 bands delivering 70 hours of different jazz styles in up to 5 rooms throughout the weekend. Showcasing Newcastle's multi talented musicians and top Australian performers. Bistro, food vans, bars opened all weekend. Secure FREE parking outside the venue. Public transport available to and from the Venue. Early Bird FULL weekend ticket (until 25/7)- $110 After 25/7 Weekend ticket will be $120 Sessions passes available

Art Bazaar Maitland

Date: Sunday 31 August 2014 2014

Venue: Maitland Regional Art Gallery, High St, Maitland

Contact Details: 

www.artbazaar.com.au publicity@hunterartsnetwork.org

Hunter Arts Networks (HAN) third annual Art Bazaar at Maitland will return to the grounds of Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) on Sunday 31 August 2014 from 10am - 3pm. The gallery, located at 230 High Street, Maitland, is a series of exhibition spaces, workshop spaces & retail spaces all dedicated to providing premier arts and cultural experiences for the general public. Now in it?s second decade & held three times every year, Art Bazaar has developed into a major art event for the region which now attracts many visitors from out of the area & is the Hunter's premier artisan & design marketplace. Art Bazaar is a great way to show families & visitors how wonderful our creative community is. HAN is a non-profit membership of Artists, Designers, Jewellers and craft people from the Hunter region & showcases original handcrafted goods from over 100 local HAN artists. Art Bazaar is free entry & there's also demonstrations, entertainment, a mobile ATM, food, & MRAG's Cafe Seraphine which is open for breakfast & lunch from 7:30am - 4:30pm Children of all ages and their families are welcome for free art activities at MRAG every Sunday from 11.00am - 1.00pm. Bookings not required & all materials are supplied. MRAG will be showing two exhibitions coinciding with Art Bazaar: Judy Henry: Reflections of life and landscape, & Greta Migrant Camp: Displaced / Assimilation and Stereoscopic Views: Vivienne Dadour and Gail Burrows Stallholders must be HAN members. Membership is $55 for individuals, $80 for groups of 3 or less, and $100 for groups & organisations of more than 3. The $60 stall fee includes public liability insurance

PULSE Amazing Race Around Newcastle

Date: 31 August 2014

Venue: Nesca Park, Nesca Pde The Hill

Contact Details: 

Janet Adams - janet.adams@hmri.com.au or 4042 0578 http://www.hmri.com.au/hmri-event/pulse-amazing-race-around-newcastle/

Get your team together to solve a range of mental and physical challenges in a race around Newcastle. Be the first to out-wit your competitors and cross the finish line while raising funds for the Hunter's early career researchers. Price: $160 per team of 4 includes BBQ at final destination

Steve Clisbys Winter Warm Up Show!

Date: 31 August 2014

Venue: Lizotte's

Contact Details: 

http://www.lizottes.com.au/ Ph: 4956 2066

Lizottes is proud to announce 3 special warm up shows - one show only in each Lizottes venue - with the incredible STEVE CLISBY ! 3 Little Lizottes... Last year Steve Clisby sold out 4 shows at Kincumber and 3 shows at Newcastle Lizottes. This will be the first time he has performed at Dee Why, Sydney. "Haven't toured with my band since last year and I'm working on a brand new concert set." Steve Clisby said today I can't wait to play live with these new songs that I have recorded plus some live favourites and a few surprise songs to mix it up. We had such a ball last year and wanted to warm up the new set with friends with a broader than jazz approach and have some fun. It'll be alright ! " Steve Clisby will be playing new songs from his forthcoming album LEAVE ME DREAMING (due out 5th September) and premiering his sensational new single WALKING THESE STREETS (released mid July) Be quick to book for this exclusive opportunity for the 3 STEVE CLISBY winter warm up shows. Plus guest support to be announced. Yes Steve - You Can !

Events September 2014

Rolling Thunder Vietnam

Date: 3 September 2014

Venue: Civic Theatre

Contact Details: 

Ticketek 4929 1977

Rolling Thunder Vietnam Songs That Defined A Generation Tickets On Sale Monday 19 May The powerful new Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam will world premiere in Brisbane on 14 August 2014 prior to a national tour. Set in the Vietnam War era, the evocative and stirring production showcases some of the greatest rock songs ever produced performed by some of Australia's greatest singer-actors and musicians. The show features the music of Steppenwolf, Joe Cocker, Buffalo Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gladys Knight, Billy Thorpe, The Rolling Stones and Curtis Mayfield just to name a few. Rolling Thunder Vietnam brings to the stage a new generation of young musical talent under the esteemed music direction of Chong Lim (Dancing With The Stars, John Farnham Band). The outstanding line-up of singer-actors comprises WES CARR KIMBERLEY HODGSON TOM OLIVER MATT PEARCE VANESSA KRUMMENACHER WILL EWING Conscription, combat, protest and homecoming, Rolling Thunder Vietnam - Songs that Defined A Generation unites personal stories of young Vietnam War soldiers with classic songs of the era. This dynamic theatrical concert draws audiences inside the lives of men on the battlefront and their family and loved ones at home. The Vietnam War was the world's first televised war. More than any other conflict it produced some of the most popular and enduring songs of the 20th century. With stunning projected images and historic footage, Rolling Thunder Vietnam is a rich and emotional experience written by Bryce Hallett (Freeway - The Chet Baker Journey) and directed by David Berthold (Holding the Man, Cosi). Based on extensive research, actual letters and first-hand interviews with Vietnam War veterans, the stories reveal strained and loving relationships, the danger of combat, the rise of the anti-war protest movement in the late '60s and a bittersweet homecoming.  "The deeply personal stories have largely sprung from face-to-face interviews with Australian soldiers who lived in this era" said Bryce Hallett, Writer. "I wanted the monologues between songs to be truthful and spare. Most of the songs in the show are essentially anti-war protest songs that brilliantly convey the rhythm, spirit and mood of the times. Many are epic in nature and the directness of the storytelling serves to bring a raw intimacy to the music." David Berthold, Director said "This is music that sings out to every generation that believes in justice, equality, freedom and peace. We've shaped four very personal stories, inspired by real life experiences, into what I think is a musical event that will reach into the heart." The 'songs that defined a generation' include Magic Carpet Ride, Fortunate Son, All Along the Watchtower, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Run Through the Jungle, Paint It Black, The Real Thing, Letter, People Get Ready, and Killing Me Softly With His Song. Music in the '60s meant liberation, not only for battle-weary young soldiers, but for a generation of artists whose timely yet enduring songs held a mirror up to the chaos, and expressed themes of love, betrayal and loss. Chong Lim, Musical Director said "The Vietnam War gave rise to gutsy rock rhythms and emotion-charged guitar riffs that evoked something of the wild energy of the conflict itself. The era of Woodstock, of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, also produced many sensitive and poignant songs which have become classics because they remain relevant. The irony is that out of the ugliness of war came songs of pure beauty." Be among the first to see the exciting theatrical concert Rolling Thunder Vietnam in its Australian premiere season. Rolling Thunder Vietnam is presented by Blake Entertainment in association with QPAC. www.rollingthundervietnam.com  

HMB Endeavour - Sydney to Newcastle voyage

Date: 8-12 September 2014

Venue: On board the HMB Endeavour

Contact Details: 

Endeavour Voyage Coordinator Email: hmbendeavour@anmm.gov.au Phone: 02 9298 3627 endeavourvoyages.com.au

The stunning HMB Endeavour will be sailing into Newcastle Harbour for the first time since 2008 and you can be a part of the adventure! The Australian National Maritime Museum is seeking a crew of 40 enthusiastic people, known onboard as voyage crew, to sail its replica of James Cooks Endeavour on one of the voyage from Sydney to Newcastle via Pittwater. The ship is regarded as one of the most accurate historical replica vessels in the world and offers voyage crew a truly authentic experience of life as 18th century pioneering sailors. The voyage from Sydney to Newcastle will feature two botanists from the Royal Botanical Gardens and voyage crew will be able to go ashore in Pittwater to learn something of coastal flora and gather native seeds for the Gardens seed bank. Sailing under a spread of canvas, you will have the opportunity to see some the most picturesque coastlines along the east-coast of Australia. The ship is often visited by playful dolphins and you might even spot a whale or two. These voyages offer a truly authentic and unique ocean experience unlike anything else you have done. Voyage crew berth: $275 per day, $1,375 (Early bird: $1237.50) As a voyage crew member you will sleep in a hammock and stand watch, set and take in sail, helm the ship and help keep her clean. Voyage crew must be able to climb aloft (39 metres in a harness). Supernumerary berth: $495 per day, $2,475 (Early bird: $2227.50) Supernumerary berths are ideal for those who prefer not to do the sailing activities or who do not meet all the physical requirements for going aloft. You may choose your level of involvement, but will be encouraged to help crew the ship where possible. You will occupy single cabins and relax in the Great Cabin, just as Cook himself would have done.

HMB Endeavour - Newcastle to Sydney voyage

Date: 17-21 September 2014

Venue: HMB Endeavour, Newcastle Harbour

Contact Details: 

Endeavour Voyage Coordinator Email: hmbendeavour@anmm.gov.au Phone: 02 9298 3627 www.endeavourvoyages.com.au

The stunning HMB Endeavour will be sailing into Newcastle Harbour for the first time since 2008 and you can be a part of the adventure! The Australian National Maritime Museum is seeking a crew of 40 enthusiastic people, known onboard as voyage crew, to sail its replica of James Cooks Endeavour on one of the voyage from Newcastle to Sydney (17-21 September). The ship is regarded as one of the most accurate historical replica vessels in the world and offers voyage crew a truly authentic experience of life as 18th century pioneering sailors. Sailing from Newcastle to Sydney there will be a focus on astronomy with special guest Dr Fred Watson, Astronomer in Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory. After leaving Newcastle and stopping overnight at Port Stephens, the ship will sail along the coast to Pittwater where voyage crew will learn the fundamentals of taking a noon sight of the sun. On the last night, the ship will anchor in Pittwater where the renowned astronomer Dr Watson will join the ship, give a talk on the galaxy and help voyage crew search the heavens by telescope. Sailing under a spread of canvas, you will have the opportunity to see some the most picturesque coastlines along the east-coast of Australia. The ship is often visited by playful dolphins and you might even spot a whale or two. These voyages offer a truly authentic and unique ocean experience unlike anything else you have done. Voyage crew berth: $275 per day, $1,375 (Early bird: $1237.50) As a voyage crew member you will sleep in a hammock and stand watch, set and take in sail, helm the ship and help keep her clean. Voyage crew must be able to climb aloft (39 metres in a harness). Supernumerary berth: $495 per day, $2,475 (Early bird: $2227.50) Supernumerary berths are ideal for those who prefer not to do the sailing activities or who do not meet all the physical requirements for going aloft. You may choose your level of involvement, but will be encouraged to help crew the ship where possible. You will occupy single cabins and relax in the Great Cabin, just as Cook himself would have done.

Rescue Ball

Date: 19 September 2014 2014

Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Contact Details: 

http://www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/events/rescueball

Frock up for the 22nd Annual Rescue Ball and help support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Enjoy champagne and hors d'oeuvres on arrival, a 3 course meal including beer, wine and soft drink and great live entertainment. TIME: 6:30pm - Midnight DRESS: Formal TICKETS: $155 per person (tables of ten available) To purchase tickets visit www.rescuehelicopter.com.au. There are premium tables and sponsorship opportunities exist. For further information call 4952 0000 or email justineo@rescuehelicopter.com.au

Night OWLS Exhibition

Date: 23 Sept - 3 Nov 2014

Venue: Newcastle Museum

Contact Details: 

4974 2061 www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au

Night OWLS (Original Welcoming Lighting Solutions) is a competition for young people aged 15 ? 29, that aim?s to foster creativity and engage young people in delivery of community safety outcomes. Selected designs will be on exhibition at Newcastle Museum from 23 September to 3 November 2014. An Opening Night hosted by Newcastle Youth Council will be held at Newcastle Museum on Thursday 25th September 2014. Night OWLS is an initiative of Newcastle Youth Council, as a deliverable for their discussion paper, 'Newcastle at Night': Young People and Night Time Economy. The findings from this research highlighted that young people felt unsafe in the Newcastle city centre at night

Mattara Festival of Newcastle

Date: 27th Sept - 6th Oct 2014

Venue: Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East

Contact Details: 

www.mattarafestival.org.au or Kim on 0431 214 905.

NEWCASTLE'S ONLY FREE FAMILY EVENT Some of the daily events and activities for the whole family include:-

  • Saturday 27th September- Kids Carnival Day
  • Sunday 28th September - Mattara MotoMania
  • Monday 29th September - Mad Hatters Monday
  • Tuesday 30th September - Enviroment & Greening Day
  • Wednesday 1st Oct - NBN Family Fun Day
  • Thursday 2nd Oct - KOFM Radio rocks Mattara
  • Friday 3rd Oct - interactive Sports and Supporters Day
  • Saturday 4th Oct - Fashion and creative undercovered @ Mattara
  • Sunday 5th Oct - Thats's Entertainment
  • Monday 6th Oct - Pets on the Park

Events October 2014

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.

Events November 2014

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.

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.

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

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/