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Events November 2014

Beards, Mo's & Bro's Art Exhibition

Date: 8 November 2014 - 25 January 2015 2014

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

Contact Details: 

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.

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.

Printed Matter

Date: 12-29 November 2014 2014

Venue: The Emporium

Contact Details: 

Amanda@terrarossa.biz

An exhibition of various print media works by local artists, supported by the artists working in the space and talking about their work. A variety of media will be exhibited, including textiles, and all works will be for sale. The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle We 10-4, Th 10-5, Fr 10-5, Sa 10-4 http://renewnewcastle.org/projects/project/the-project-space/

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.

TILT 2014 Film Festival

Date: 24-30 November 2014

Venue: Event Cinema

Contact Details: 

0406310872 dane@garageentertainment.com.au

TILT Film Festival is back and more action-packed than ever with the best new films from some of the world's most renowned and acclaimed sports and adventure filmmakers starring some of the world?s most daring and revered Motocross riders, climbers, skiers, snowboarders, karate masters, surfers and athletes living life to the fullest and testing their inconceivable limits. Presented by Sony Action Cam and distributor Garage Entertainment TILT 2014 will be thrilling audiences at Event & Village cinemas nationally from Monday 24 - Sunday 30 November at 7pm every night with a special encore screening of On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter, Sunday at 3pm.

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

Newcastle Roller Derby League presents A Roller Derby Christmas Special

Date: 29 November 2014

Venue: Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre

Contact Details: 

http://www.newcastlerollerderby.org.au/tickets/ https://www.facebook.com/newcastlerollerderby

'Tis the season... To be brawly! Come one, come all, to our final game for 2014. Christmas themed with a Movember twist, there will be something for everybody, so catch us while you can! First up our good friends from Maitland Roller Girls and Coastal Knockouts Roller Derby will battle it out to see who gets cookies and who gets coal from Santa this year. Then skaters from Newcastle and some special guests from across New South Wales show off their grooming skills as they take to the track as 'The Mustdashers' and 'The Beardiful Ladies'. It'll be so much fun that you'll forget all about that giant list of presents you still need to buy! 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 or cushion to sit on if you're keen for suicide seating! (16+ only). All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

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.

Sunday Interlude 10th Anniversary Gala Concert

Date: 30 November 2014

Venue: Adamstown Uniting Church

Contact Details: 

Jenny Barnes 4961 5955

THE SUNDAY INTERLUDE GALA CONCERT at 2pm, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, at Adamstown Uniting Church is the final concert in the 10th anniversary series. This is a joyful end-of-year celebration with a fabulous variety of local musicians. The artists in the stellar line-up are Bella Voce quartet, Heather Price (vocal and piano), Easy Voices Choir conducted by Jennifer Barnes, Tom Robinson (baritone horn), Hannah Gibbons (trombone), Georgie Hall(soprano), Kallam Mitchell (piano), Philip Sketchley (piano) and Pacific Palm Court Orchestra. Most of these fine musicians have performed at earlier Interlude concerts, and we are delighted that they enjoyed the experience so much that they readily accepted the invitation to join the gala. Tickets including afternoon tea with the famous Adamstown pudding and lots of goodies- Adult $20, concession $15, child $10. Proceeds to Lifeline and young artists. Book on www.trybooking.com.au (Adamstown) or ph 4961 5955.

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.

Season's Greetings, a comedy play by Alan Ayckbourn

Date: 6-20 December 2014

Venue: Newcastle Theatre Company

Contact Details: 

Viv Jones or Cheryl Sovechles

CHRISTMAS: a time of joy, good cheer and happiness...or is it? Watch the Bunker household's Christmas, with a couple of extra relatives and friends, gradually unravel into total chaos. Too much alcohol and a little too much 'inappropriate friendliness' and before we know it all the adults are behaving much worse than the children. A hilarious game of snakes and ladders and a riotous puppet show all contribute to a side splitting evening of sheer fun. Janet Nelson and Howard Rawlinson direct a highly talented cast comprising of Tracy Ebbetts, Brian Randell, Sandra Monk, Patrick Campbell, Pearl Nunn, Ben Martin, Michael Smythe, Heidi Bush, Brian Randell and Alex Jacobs. Season runs 6th - 20th December, Wed, Fri & Sat nights at 8pm Matinees Sun 7th and Sat 13th at 2pm Adults $28 Concession (Seniors, Pensioners, Students) $22 Bookings are essential, online at: www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au or phone 02-4952-4958 Between 3pm and 6pm Monday to Friday. 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton NSW 2299

Waterworld Central Newcastle - Oakvale Dr.

Date: 6-7 Dec, 13-14 Dec, 20 Dec - 26 Jan 2015 2015

Venue: 1 Oakvale Drive

Contact Details: 

Colleen 0409912343

Come see what all the splash is about when WATERWORLD CENTRAL, Australia's first portable water theme park, debuts in Port Stephens on Oakvale Drive, 6th - 7th Dec., 13th - 14th Dec, & 20th December through Australia Day 2015, from 10am daily! Come and join all the fun at Waterworld Central with giant inflatable pools and slides to splash and play around in. Try fun activities like the giant twin slides of the Dragon Pool or 'chilling' out in the igloos of our new Snow World. If you're looking to relax, just splash and have a good time in our Castle Pool. If you're daring, plummet 10 meters down the Colossal Dino Slide. Not enough fun yet? try walking on water in the Waterworld Zorb Balls! FREE ENTRY TO PARK. Unlimited Rider 3hr Session Wristband - $20. PURCHASE ONLINE NOW! Attractions include: Dragon Pool, Snow World Pool, Castle Pool, Raptor Slide, Paddle Boats, Dino Slide, Zorb Balls, Shark Bay Cafe and Ice Creams. For more information visit our website at www.waterworldcentral.com.au

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 January 2015

Nutri Grain Iron Man Series

Date: 3 - 4 January 2015 2015

Venue: Newcastle Beach

Contact Details: 

www.nutrigrainironman.com.au

For almost 30 years Nutri-Grain has been as much a part of an Aussie summer as the men and women who set our beaches alight with displays of courage and athleticism that have to be seen to be believed. Every muscle in the body will come into play for these impossibly fit athletes as they paddle a surf ski like an Olympic kayaker, swim like fish, navigate the waves on boards like they were born in the ocean and run like the wind. The nation's best 15 IronMen and 15 IronWomen will battle it out for surf and sand supremacy in this summer's six-race series starting at Smiths Beach in Western Australia for rounds one and two on November 29-39. This will be followed by rounds three and four at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast on December 20-21 and rounds five and six at Newcastle on January 3-4.

Public Talk with Sogyal Rinpoche

Date: 6 January 2015 2015

Venue: Newcastle City Hall, King Street Newcastle

Contact Details: 

Event Enquiries - (02) 4911 1108 newcastle@rigpa.org.au Tickets - $39 (full) $28 (concession) Pre-purchase at www.rigpa.org.au

A public talk with world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet and author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

AFC Asian Cup - Japan vs Palestine

Date: 12 January 2015

Venue: Newcastle Stadium

Contact Details: 

www.afcasiancup.com

Reigning champions Japan will be looking to add to their record haul of four AFC Asian Cup titles in Australia in 2015. To begin the Newcastle season, Japan will take on the Challenge Cup winner Palestine on 12 January 2015 at Newcastle Stadium commencing at 6pm. Book your tickets now www.afcasiancup.com

Disney Live

Date: 15 January 2015

Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Contact Details: 

www.nec.net.au

Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales. See Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast unfold before your eyes. You'll help bring the stories to life as you laugh, clap, and sing along with Mickey and his friends. Dream with the princesses and cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains. Beautiful music, breathtaking sets, costumes and special effects capture all the adventure, humour and romance in this stage spectacular not to be missed. Two shows only, book 10am or 1pm.

AFC Asian Cup - Oman vs Kuwait

Date: 17 January 2015

Venue: Newcastle Stadium

Contact Details: 

www.afcasiancup.com

Come see the clash between Oman and Kuwait at Hunter Stadium. Oman secured a return to the AFC Asian Cup for a third time after advancing from Group A with two games to spare. Kuwait's rich Asian Cup history includes lifting the title in 1980, finishing runners-up four years earlier and reaching the semi-finals in 1996 and quarter-finals in 2000. For more information visit www.afcasiancup.com

Giggle and Hoot in Newcastle

Date: 17 January 2015

Venue: Civic Theatre Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle are setting off on a giggle-icious live stage adventure with their friends the Bananas in Pyjamas and Hoopla Doopla's Zap, Mimi and Jango this summer! Starring in the live children's show of the year, "Giggle and Hoot and Friends" is a 50-minute stage spectacular with everyone's favourite songs, dancing, and of course fun and laughter. Joining Jimmy Giggle and the owls onstage is everyone's favourite twins, the Bananas in Pyjamas, B1 and B2. And for the first time ever on stage joining the show will be Zap, Mimi and Jango from the show Hoopla Doopla. So Owl Pals, get your giggle-tastic selves ready and purchase tickets for Giggle and Hoot and Friends through the venues and participating ticket agencies. Children under 12months free on the knee.

Hi-5 House Hits the stage with a brand new Northern NSW Tour

Date: 22 January 2015

Venue: Newcastle Panthers

Contact Details: 

www.hi-5world.com 10am Cnr King and Union Streets Newcastle West NSW 2302

Hi-5 are hitting the stage this January school holidays for their Hi-5 House Hits Northern NSW Tour. This is the first time Australian audiences will see Hi-5?s brand new cast member Tanika Anderson feature in the show. The latest Australian tour, celebrates Hi-5?s return following sold out shows world wide including Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. "Hi-5 House Hits" features Hi-5's favourite, best-loved songs for everyone to sing and dance to. These songs have been chosen by some very special people? the Hi-5 audience of course! We asked the fans what their favourite Hi-5 hits are and put them all together to create a sing-a-long, dance-a-long concert that the whole family can join in with. Learn how to do the coolest Hi-5 dance moves and every song will have a special interactive element which will make the audience the stars of the show! From big classic hits like L.O.V.E and Making Music with the whole Hi-5 gang, to sweet solos, duets and trios from Ainsley, Dayen, Tanika, Mary, and Stevie. Of course Chats and Jup Jup will be joining in on the fun and plenty of other surprises!

AFC Asian Cup - Semi Final

Date: 27 January 2015

Venue: Newcastle Stadium

Contact Details: 

www.afcasiancup.com

Newcastle will be hosting one of the semi finals of the upcoming Asian Cup on Tuesday 27th January 2015. Get your tickets early and see two of the greatest teams battle it out for the finals.

Kenny Rogers - Farewell Tour

Date: 28 January 2015

Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Contact Details: 

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=KENNYROG15#qTZHguUbTOjiQAwV.99

Grammy Award winning Legend, Country Superstar and contemporary music icon, Kenny Rogers, brings classic hits and a new album on his Farewell Down Under Tour. One of the Top Ten Best Selling Male Artists of All Time, Kenny's distinctive voice and universal appeal have consistently sold out venues where he performs from a chart topping catalogue spanning the genres - The Gambler, Coward of the County, Reuben James, Islands in the Stream, We've Got Tonight, Through The Years, You Can't Make Old Friends and more. Don't miss Kenny Rogers Farewell Down Under Tour for one night only with special guests. Read more at http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=KENNYROG15#qTZHguUbTOjiQAwV.99

AFC Asian Cup - 3rd vs 4th Playoff

Date: 30 January 2015

Venue: Newcastle Stadium

Contact Details: 

www.afcasiancup.com.au

Watch two great team battle it out for third place in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2015. The game will take place on Friday 30th January at Newcastle Stadium. Book your tickets early to secure your seats to see these two great teams and one of the last games of the Asian Cup.

Events February 2015

Australian Bowl Riding Championships

Date: 5 February 2015

Venue: Empire Park

Contact Details: 

www.abcskate.com.au

Australian Bowl Riding Championships (ABC) at will celebrate the beginning of Skate for NSW. The Festival promises a contest that will exhibit some of Australia's best bowl riders. This is the first true "Nationals" skateboard competition for any discipline within skateboarding in Australia. It has four divisions to cover the whole rider spread, rather than one group within a group; Under 18s, Women, Pro/Am Open, Masters 40 plus. It is open to all competitors. For further information, head to the Australian Bowl Championships website.

Baden Pailthorpe: Art Exhibition

Date: 7 February - 26 April 2015

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

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.

ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld

Date: February 17 - March 1 2015 2014

Venue: Under the spiegeltent at Wheeler Place

Contact Details: 

www.absintheaustralia.com

ABSINTHE AUSTRALIA Following several summer seasons in Spiegelworld's popular spiegeltent in New York City and a four-year residency in the forecourt of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Spiegelworld and Nine Live are bringing their smash-hit show Absinthe to Australia in 2015. Inspired by the absinthe-drenched cabarets of late-19th century Europe, Absinthe is an adult-themed cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville for a 21st century audience, hosted by the outrageous Gazillionaire and his sidekick Penny. ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld Newcastle: February 17 - March 1 2015, under the spiegeltent at Wheeler Place Performance Schedule: Tuesday / Wednesday - 8:00pm Thursday / Friday / Saturday - 7:30pm and 9:30pm Sunday - 5:00pm & 7:00pm Tickets: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: $54.00-$134.00** Friday/Saturday/Sunday: $64.00- $154.00** *VIP Ringside Tickets are available and include a seat in the front 2 rows, priority entry and a complimentary beverage. **transaction fees and charges may apply Bookings: www.ticketek.com.au Group Bookings are available to groups of 6 or more. Contact the Ticketek Group Bookings Department on 1300 364 001 or email groupbookings@ticketek.com.au Show duration: 90 minutes with no interval ABSINTHE is recommended for ages 15 and above. The performance features some nudity and strong language. For more information about Spiegelworld please visit www.spiegelworld.com

Surfest

Date: 17 - 23 February 2015

Contact Details: 

www.surfest.com

Surfest is the largest surfing festival in Australia. In 2015, Surfest is proud to boast 30 years of unbroken competition and community engagement in Newcastle. Surfest 2015 will host a number of the world's very best professional men and women and junior surfers. The six star rated Burton Automotive Pro will be held from 16 to 22 February on Merewether Beach, Newcastle NSW. This event will attract a large group of professional male surfers to Newcastle all competing for the much cherished Mark Richards 'MR' trophy. While at the same time some the best professional women surfers in the world will contest the Women's Classic at Merewether Beach, Newcastle. Surfest is also very proud to support the growth of Pro Junior surfing in Australia. In 2015 the Hunter Business Board Riders Pro Junior will run in Newcastle from 13 to 15 February.

Suzi Quatro: Final Tour

Date: 18 February 2015

Contact Details: 

www.nec.net.au

Celebrating 50 years of performing, Suzi Quatro returns in January 2015 for her last Australian tour. With 30 Australian tours under her belt, this will be the final chance for Australian fans to see their rocker Suzi on stage. Between 1973 and 1980 Suzi Quatro featured in the British charts for 101 weeks and to date sold over 55 million records including hits, 48 Crash, Too Big, Devil Gate Drive, Daytona Demon, The Wild One, She's In Love With You, Rock Hard and her duet with Chris Norman, Stumblin' In. Suzi was one of the first rock and roll acts to tour to Russia where she performed to 500,000 people in six weeks in 1989. This is your last chance to see Suzi Live in Newcastle at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk

Date: 21 February 2015

Contact Details: 

www.lightupnewcastle.com.au

The Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk will celebrate the Chinese New Year 2015. This event involves the whole of the local community and demonstrates this year's theme of "Light up Rotary" with Rotary Clubs of District 9670. Join an evening walk with people carrying Chinese lanterns starting from two locations on the harbour and meeting at the Maritime Centre in Harbour Square at Honeysuckle. As people walk with lighted lanterns and the sun sets over Newcastle, this will form a snake along the water front of Newcastle Harbour as people make their way into the Honeysuckle Precinct. Sale of lanterns at the start points and sales stalls along the foreshore will be between 4pm-8pm to allow the volunteers time to walk to Honeysuckle for the fireworks at 9pm. This is a fundraising event to support the Newcastle Mission to Seafarers at Wickham.

The Making of Midnight Oil Exhibition

Date: 21 February - 10 May 2015

Venue: Newcastle Museum

Contact Details: 

www.newcastlemuseum.com.au

The band that inspired a generation is the focus of a stunning exhibition coming to Newcastle in 2015. Developed by Manly Art Gallery and Museum, The Making of Midnight Oil examines the band's impact on social and cultural history across a 40 year period. The exhibition showcases rare and iconic items including stage props, instruments, protest banners, hand written lyrics, photographs and posters sourced from public and private collections as well as the band's own archives. It also highlights the band's various actions and causes across the years. Entry fees apply. www.newcastlemuseum.com.au

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars

Date: 28 February 2015

Venue: King Edward Park

Contact Details: 

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

Hamilton Food and Music Festival

Date: 1 March 2015

Venue: Beaumont Street

Contact Details: 

www.hamiltonfestival.com.au

On Sunday the 1st March Hamilton will once again come alive for the annual Beaumont Street Food & Music Festival. A great annual showcase event for Newcastle, the Festival features multiple stages of live music, dance and street theatre. Beaumont Street will play host too over 100 exotic stalls, tantalizing cuisine, fantastic shopping, on street dining and more - all designed for you to kick back and relax as you stroll along Beaumont street As a renowned Newcastle 'Eat Street', Beaumont Street will present its award-wining array of international cuisine with on street dining during the festival. From Greek, Italian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Tapas, Australian and Thai dishes to less formal options of gourmet pizzas, kebabs and pies, Beaumont St Food & Music Festival has a vast array of options.

Newcastle Craft Beer Week

Date: 5 March 2015

Over seven days in March, Newcastle has managed to squeeze in approximately 40 events in around 20 venues around Newcastle and the Hunter. Venues include but are not limited to The Grain Store, The Pourhouse, The Hop Factory, The Fire Station, The Albion, The Blind Monk, Honeysuckle Hotel, Murray's Craft Brewery, The Clarendon and many more. Take this opportunity to meet the brewers, talk to the local experts and taste some amazing brews.

Newcastle Show

Date: 6 - 8 March 2015

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www.newcastleshow.com.au

It is with great excitement that we introduce the new, improved and invigorated 2015 IGA Newcastle Show and get ready as 2015 is the year that it all will happen!!! We have incorporated all the fun of the fair PLUS introduced THE FOOD & WINE EXPO, THE LEGO EXPO, THE HEALTH & LIFESTYLE EXPO, SHOWBAG WORLD and so much more!!

Including:

  • 120 quality amusements for children and adults of all ages!
  • Showbag World and Entertainment Stage featuring THE LITTLE SCALLYWAGS!
  • 100 food options from the around the world! ?60 interesting and engaging exhibits around the grounds!
  • Interactive Agriculture precinct with something for all the family including Home Brewing, School Competitions and a fun Pumpkin competition.
  • Community Stage featuring talented local performers
  • singing, dancing, drama!
  • Animal Nursery, cattle, goats, pigeons and a full weekend of equestrian events.
  • Food and Wine Expo inside the Entertainment Centre!
  • Lego Expo featuring colourful and engaging displays, the kids will love it!
  • Health and Lifestyle Expo - an opportunity to relax or be invigorated!
  • Fantastic Ring Entertainment including the exciting TRACKSKILL V8 Ute Challenge
  • Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade and our armed services!
  • Colourful fireworks on each night!
  • And much more!!!

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.

Wests Cycle Classic

Date: 7 - 14 March 2015

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http://cycleclassic2015.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home

The Wests Cycle Classic is about having fun whilst raising money for your Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The 2015 Cycle Classic is a 7 day mountain bike ride which has a full support crew including safety vehicles, bike trailers, catering crew and a very experienced team of riders to guide and assist you on the adventure of a lifetime! The 20th Annual Wests Cycle Classic will be travelling through National Parks and scenic coastal terrain. There will be local school visits along the way, awards, themed nights, games and activities for all to enjoy. Where: Urunga, Bellingen, Nambucca & South West Rocks (Travelling by bus from Broadmeadow to Urunga & also from South West Rocks back to Broadmeadow) When: Saturday 7 March - Saturday 14 March Distance: 500km in 7 days Riders: 50 Weekend only option available too! Accommodation, all meals and riders pack included : COST: $950pp + $600 fundraising Weekend option: $300pp + $500

Newcastle Writers Festival

Date: 20 - 22 March 2015

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www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

Lovers of literature, hungry to tap into the hearts and minds of their favourite authors, will be inspired by the diverse mix of writers attending the 2015 Newcastle Writers Festival. From the best contemporary crime writing, to high voltage Aussie rock'n'roll history, award-winning poetry, ethical dilemmas, sex addiction, a centenary since the outbreak of World War I, motherhood, high adventure, and high-heeled drama at a fashion magazine - this year's festival is a colourful coming together of genres and ideas from some of Australia's most interesting and respected writers and thinkers.

NitroCircus Live

Date: 21 March 2015

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www.nitrocircus.com

Nitro Circus Live is the greatest live action sports show on earth. Travis Pastrana and 40 of the worlds best in FMX, BMX an Skate are coming back to Newcastle! Direct from a sell out tour of the USA, this will be a show not to be missed! The show is completely themed and styled as a 1920's Barnum and Bailey circus! Head to www.nitrocircus.com for more details.