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Events April 2014

Hunt&Gather Markets

Date: Every third Saturday of the month 2014

Venue: Pacific Park, Newcastle East

Contact Details: 

Email: info@huntandgathermarkets.com.au Facebook: Facebook/huntandgathermarkets.com.au Instagram: @huntandgathermarkets

Hunt&Gather Markets is a fashion, art and design markets held on the third Saturday of every month - from 9am-2pm - at Pacific Park, Newcastle East. At Hunt&Gather, you will find a hand picked unique, eclectic mix of men's and women's clothing and accessories, jewellery, art, photography, homewares, flowers, pop up shops and quality preloved clothing. Whilst shopping our creative stalls, enjoy the live local music, pull up a rug on the grassy hill, enjoy a pot of Devonshire tea or grab some fresh food and coffee. For more information please follow us on facebook/huntandgathermarkets.com.au and?Instagram or email us at info@huntandgathermarkets.com.au

Paper Cut presents SPENT at

Date: 23 April - 3 May 2014

Venue: Level 2, The Store

Contact Details: 

Paper Cut papercutcollective@gmail.com www.papercutpresents.com facebook.com/papercutcollective

Inspired by the text found on discarded grocery receipts, Spent is a playful and incisive examination of contemporary consumer culture. Combining documentary and physical theatre techniques, Spent drags the shared experience of grocery shopping from under the fluoros into an entirely different light. It is an elevation of the mundane, an exploration of the relationship between choice and identity, and a possible answer to the question of what we as shoppers could find if we only looked a little bit closer. Spent is devised and performed by Paper Cut, a collective of Newcastle's emerging professional theatre-makers, and features an original soundtrack by Huw Jones (Fox Control), and animation by local animator and street artist Alex Ball. Catch Spent at one of Newcastle's most historic centres of consumer activity - the Newcastle and Suburban Co-operative Society building "The Store" in Hunter Street. WHEN Wednesday 23rd April 8pm (PREVIEW) Thursday 24th April 8pm Friday 25th April 8pm Saturday 26th April  8pm Thursday 1st May 8pm Friday 2nd May 8pm Saturday 3rd May 2pm, 8pm WHERE Level 2, "The Store", 854 Hunter Street, Newcastle West PRICE All tickets $25 Preview $20 BOOKINGS Through stickytickets https://www.stickytickets.com.au/16133 For a limited time only!

Wild Flicks

Date: 24 April 2014

Venue: The Commons, Level 1,150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

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This month, The Wilderness Society Newcastle and Newcastle Amnesty are teaming up to present a special Wild Flicks screening of Australian documentary 'Utopia'. This stark and increasingly important look into one of the most unique parts of our nation, which is home to the oldest human presence on Earth, takes place in northern Australia, across the land that has come to be known as Utopia. Shocking, captivating and moving, this film follows the director, John Pilger, on a journey from privileged Australia to South African-like apartheid; displaying the seemingly endless battles between the concepts of conformity and disobedience, and the human resistance institutional power inspires. ?Utopia? sheds light on a poverty occurring against the backdrop of the greatest mining boom in our nation?s history, and in direct contrast to the vast amount of wealth these mineral resources garner. This film is a much needed assessment of the ?Lucky Country? we think we know, and the one in existence. For this special collaboration we are heading back to The Commons in Hamilton. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht8_5UlcgSQ Hope to see you there! When: Thursday 24th April Time: 7:00 pm Where: The Commons Cafe, Level 1 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton Entry: Free!

EXPRESSO: Faith, Art and Music Community

Date: 27th April, 2014 2014

Venue: The Dungeon (underneath Adamstown Uniting Church)

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EXPRESSO: Faith, Art and Music community meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 6pm. We are creating deeper faith and community through the sharing of music, stories and creativity. Find us in "The Dungeon" (located underneath Adamstown Uniting Church, corner Glebe and Brunker Roads). FREE ENTRY!

Events May 2014

SNEZ Winter Tour - Royal Exchange Theatre

Date: 3 May 2014 2104

Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre

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SNEZ kicks off her winter tour with Newcastle being one of her first stops. Featuring Stewart Peters on Guitar and vocals. Check out all tour dates at www.snez.com.au Snez will be sharing stories and song from her albums, talking about life on the road, and the many charactors she meets, family, love, loss ...

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Spectacular

Date: 3rd May 2014 2014

Venue: Hunter Theatre, Cameron St Broadmeadow

Contact Details: 

Phone: (02) 4967 6277 Email: maitland.newcastle@vinnies.org.au

Chakras Performing Arts are putting on a special matinee performance of their Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs spectacular on Saturday 3rd May at 2.30pm at the Hunter School of Performing Arts Hunter Theatre, Cameron St Broadmeadow. The event will be a visual feast celebrating the multicultural diversity of dance and drama including Indigenous, Indian, African and classical ballet styles. All money raised from this event will be used to support the youth programs at The St Vincent de Paul Society, Maitland/Newcastle. Tickets are $30.00 and may be purchased by calling St Vincent de Paul Society on (02) 4967 6277 or emailing maitland.newcastle@vinnies.org.au

The Color Run

Date: 11 May 2014

Venue: Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow

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Contact us: By Phone: 1300 882 058 Monday - Friday: 9-5pm AEST By Email: australia@thecolorrun.com Include the name of the city you're referring to in the subject line.

The Swisse Color Run is the Happiest 5k on the Planet! This fabulous five kilometre fun run with a colourful twist hits Newcastle this May. Participants of all ages and fitness levels start in white clothing and finish the course covered in colour. After completing the run, Color Runners enjoy the finish festival, a colour party of epic proportions, featuring DJs and massive colour throws! To register, go to thecolorrun.com.au/newcastle/2014-05-11/ Individual tickets: $60.50 per person Groups of 4+ people: $55.50 per person Each group team member must register individually to secure their spot before registrations fill up.   Kids 5yo and under free.  Ticket includes: * The Color Run official event shirt * The Color Run sweat band * 1 bag of coloured powder * Temporary tattoo * Race bib * Entry to The Finish Festival * Public transport ticket - return train ticket to and from Broadmeadow Station, (a 5 min walk to the event village). Extra train services have been scheduled for event day. Entries close Monday 5 May, 5pm

Boy & Bear

Date: Saturday 17 May 2014 2014

Venue: Newcastle Panthers

Contact Details: 

Ph 49266200 newcastle@panthers.com.au

Boy and Bear with special guests Auditorium 1 Saturday 17th May 2014 Doors Open 8.00pm Show Time 8.30pm Presale Cash $35 + booking fee Door $40.00 All ages Standing only "The past 12-months have taken home-grown band Boy & Bear on a whirlwind journey, which has allowed little time for rest. After spending eight months recording their sophomore album, Harlequin Dream, which was released in August and debuted at number one in the ARIA Albums Chart.  The band proceeded to sell out their national "16 Days Under a Southern Sun" tour. Three ARIA Award nominations and two overseas tour announcements later, the band are keeping the momentum rolling with yet another tour scheduled for next year. Boy & Bear will take their forthcoming tour to regional areas of the country, beginning April 2014.


Date: 23 May 2014

Venue: THE DUNGEON, Adamstown

Contact Details: 

Ph bookings: 0421 072 444 E: bookings@maureen.com.au more info: http://mymaureenobrien.blogspot.com.au/p/between-lines.html

4 women, 4 stories, set in a local library where all is not black and white! Between the Lines is a 2-Act comedy/drama set to original live music. As each character reveals her story,progressively, we read between the lines and look behind the mask to discover that there is always more to the story then first perceived. 1 show at The Dungeon, Cnr Glebe and Brunker Rds, Adamstown, 8pm Friday 23rd May Tix $20/@door... and..... 2 shows commissioned by the Lake Macquarie Council to celebrate the opening of the new Cardiff Library; Thurs 22nd May 7.30pm; Saturday 24th May, 1.30pm at the library. Tix $15 bookings required

Three Village Aer\\Art Festival

Date: 24th-25th May 2014

Venue: Villages of Paterson, Vacy and Gresford

Contact Details: 

Graham Murphy 0416116009 graham@gabes.com.au

The 3-Village Art Festival is the first of its kind, a significant and unique four-day event celebration of the arts held amongst the three picturesque and historic villages of Paterson, Vacy and Gresford situated in the Paterson and Allyn River Valleys. Starting at Tocal Agriculture College, about 20 minutes from Maitland on the Dungog Road, festival goers will travel between the villages viewing a wide range of works from some of the regions talented artists and photographers while enjoying the magnificent countryside, with its diversity of small farms and villages. At each Village (about 6km apart) art, photography, sculpture, woodwork and numerous other examples of visual arts will be displayed. There will also be market stalls, vintage car and bike displays, as well as children?s activities and entertainment to keep the whole family entertained. Visitors will also be able to enjoy side trips to an eclectic mix of rural highlights, from the picturesque Camyr Allan Winery, to Bunna Bunoo Olive Grove and Tar-10 foods & condiments. A variety of accommodation is also available for Festival goers, including at the stunning Eagle Reach Eco-resort and the magnificent CBC Bed and Breakfast in King St Patterson. A range of classic Aussie pubs in East Gresford, Vacy and Paterson offer traditional country pub surroundings as well as good food. The 3-Village Art Festival will truly ensure that there is indeed, something for everyone! When: Saturday 24th- Sunday 25th May 2014 Where: The village of Paterson, Vacy and Gresford in the Paterson and Allyn River Valleys located in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

World's Biggest Car Boot Sale

Date: 25 May 2014

Venue: Hunter Stadium

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The World's Biggest Car Boot Sale, sponsored by Ray White Maitland, is a huge community market and garage sale that raises valuable funds for Hunter Life Education. With over 300 stalls, there will be LOADS of bargains, good food, a full live entertainment program and fun for the kids. Healthy Harold and Big Dog will be there too! Shop til you drop & grab a bargain from a boot. From toys to tools, books, games, knick knacks, craft, antiques, collectables, everything! Head down to Hunter Stadium car park on Sunday 25th May 2014 and support Hunter Life Education. For more information head to www.carbootsale.org.au or call 02 4958 6766.

Events June 2014

CRAZY: The Life and Music of Patsy Cline

Date: 8 June 2014

Venue: The Dungeon, Adamstown

Contact Details: 

Bookings: bookings@maureen.com.au or Ph: 0421 072 444 http://mymaureenobrien.blogspot.com.au/p/projects.html

Crazy explores the life and music behind world-reknowned country artist Patsy Cline whose life was cut tragically short far too early but whose music continued to influence country artists even to today. Maureen O'Brien with ensemble Tix $20 at the door - bookings recommended Starts 3pm Sunday 8th June. NOTE: this show is also playing at The Buttai Barn 19,20,21 May where morning tea/lunch/show package is available for just $40. Ph the Barn for details: 4930 3153

Sunday Interlude concert: Pure Voice

Date: 15th June 2014 2014

Venue: Adamstown Uniting Church

Contact Details: 

jenny barnes 4961 5955

PURE VOICE, the Sunday Interlude concert at Adamstown Uniting Church on 15th June, is a celebration of the expressive human voice by soloists and ensembles, with singer, songwriter, bass player and teacher, Heather Price, as mentor. The program will range from opera and music theatre to Newcastle?s own Young Divos and the joyful Easy Voices choir. Morning tea is served at 10.30am with the concert at 11. Tickets, available at the door, cost $12 adult, $10 concession, $5 child, with proceeds going to Lifeline and the church?s music ministry. For more information, phone Jenny Barnes on 4961 5955, or www.adamstown-arts.com.au


Date: 20-22 June 2014 2014

Venue: Newcastle Tower Cinemas

The Travelling Film Festival is coming back to Newcastle, 20-22 June 2014 at Newcastle Tower Cinemas. The TFF will take place directly after the Sydney Film Festival with a program guaranteed to include exclusive festival titles.
The program will be announced on our website very soon - watch this space!
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ACO ? Haydn & Italian Cello

Date: 28 April 2014


Contact Details: 

Australian Chamber Orchestra aco@aco.com.au 1800 444 444

RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No.3 BOCCHERINI Cello Concerto in G GIOVANNI SOLLIMA L.B. Files [AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE] HAYDN Cello Concerto in C VERDI String Quartet (arr. for string orchestra) Richard Tognetti, Director & Violin Giovanni Sollima, Cello Australian Chamber Orchestra One of the greatest cello pieces ever written, Haydn?s C major cello concerto is a crowd favourite and the ideal showpiece for passionate Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima?s Australian debut. Sollima is renowned for his invigorating performance style and it is exhilarating to experience him performing alongside Richard Tognetti. The ACO first met Sollima in Richard Tognetti?s musical laboratory in Festival Maribor, Slovenia, where a review of his performance read: ?Sollima issued a challenge to all who think the cello is for the faint of heart...this was music that lifted the cello into the realms of the musical gods.? (MusicWeb International) An internationally recognised musician, Sollima has composed for diverse artists including legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and 70s punk icon Patti Smith. In this concert you will hear Sollima?s Boccherini-inspired L.B. Files flanked by an authentic Luigi Boccherini (L.B.) cello concerto. Tickets from $52 Direct bookings to www.aco.com.au or ph 1800 444 444

Events July 2014

ACO - Piano Quintets

Date: 17 July 2014


Contact Details: 

Australian Chamber Orchestra aco@aco.com.au 1800 444 444

LUTOSLAWSKI Subito SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet DVOŘ?K Piano Quintet in A, Op.81 Satu V?nsk?, Violin Rebecca Chan, Violin Christopher Moore, Viola Timo-Veikko Valve, Cello Paavali Jumppanen, Piano Satu V?nsk? performs firecracker showpiece Subito on the Australian Chamber Orchestra?s Stradivarius violin, launching the ACO into a chamber music concert of Slavic melancholy and joy. Written just prior to the Nazi invasion of the USSR, Shostakovich?s Piano Quintet is a dramatic and harrowing premonition of the coming terror. Melting away the turbulence of Shostakovich is the bright, melodious joy of Dvoř?k?s piano quintet, one of the greatest pieces of chamber music in the canon. Internationally regarded for performances of ?immense power and an extraordinary range of colours? (New York Times), Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen is our perfect partner for these stirring works. Tickets from $52 Direct bookings to www.aco.com.au or ph 1800 444 444

Through These Lines

Date: Thursday 24 July ? Tuesday 5 August 2014

Venue: Fort Scratchley

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Follow Sister Florence Whiting on her 4 year journey from departure on the troopship Kyarra, to tours of duty in the Dardanelles, Lemnos, Egypt, France & the Western Front. Based on the letters and diaries of Australian army nurses in the First World War, 'Through These Lines' offers an intimate and unique theatrical experience, performed by a talented ensemble cast with authentic costumes and props, and a vivid sound design, for an immersive experience of the tumult of war. Performances will be staged in the tunnels of Newcastle?s historic Fort Scratchley. $38 Adult, $32 Conc. & Group 5+ Civic Ticketek Box Office (02) 4929 1977 or book online.

Events August 2014

ACO ? Intimate Letters

Date: 20 August 2014


Contact Details: 

Australian Chamber Orchestra aco@aco.com.au 1800 444 444

MOZART Divertimento in F, K.138 SMETANA String Quartet No.1 ?From My Life? (arr. for string orchestra) JAN?ČEK String Quartet No.2 ?Intimate Letters? (arr. for string orchestra) Gordan Nikolic, Guest Director & Violin Peter Evans, Co-Artistic Director, Bell Shakespeare Bell Shakespeare Actors to be announced Australian Chamber Orchestra Concept by Timo-Veikko Valve In a dramatic collaboration with Bell Shakespeare, the Australian Chamber Orchestra performs Jan?ček?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. The ACO?s theatrical staging of Jan?ček?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 Jan?ček 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

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 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

Events November 2014

ACO ? Marwood?s Serenade

Date: 27 November 2014


Contact Details: 

Australian Chamber Orchestra aco@aco.com.au 1800 444 444

STRAVINSKY Divertimento (arr. for violin and string orchestra) DVOŘ?K Serenade for Strings ENESCU Octet, Op.7 (arr. for string orchestra) Anthony Marwood, Guest Director & Violin Australian Chamber Orchestra Acclaimed British violinist Anthony Marwood is loved by audiences, critics and players for his distinctive playing, golden sound and inspiring leadership. For this showcase of string orchestra repertoire with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Marwood opens the program with Stravinsky?s balletic tribute to Tchaikovsky. He recently recorded this work in a performance hailed as ?scintillating from start to finish? (BBC Music Magazine). One of the ACO?s favourite string works, Dvoř?k?s uplifting Serenade fills the hall with pure, unadulterated joy. A natural extension of the Dvoř?k 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

Events December 2014

Interactive Entertainment 2014 - Fun and Games

Date: 2-3 December 2014

Venue: ICT Building, University of Newcastle

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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/