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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

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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.

Printed Matter

Date: 12-29 November 2014 2014

Venue: The Emporium

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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

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

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

Newcastle Italian Film Festival

Date: 21 - 23 November 2014

Venue: Tower Cinemas, 185 King Street

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

World's Biggest Car Boot Sale

Date: Sunday 23rd November 2014 2014

Venue: Hunter Stadium carpark

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

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

TILT 2014 Film Festival

Date: 24-30 November 2014

Venue: Event Cinema

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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.

30th Anniversary Celebration of Edgeworth Neighbourhood Centre

Date: 27th November 2014 2014

Venue: Cnr Main and Minmi Rd Edgeworth

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Carol (manager) 49 658406 carolemnc@bigpond.com

The 30th Anniversary Celebration Day at Edgeworth Neighbourhood Centre will be a family fun day, including a jumping castle, sausage sizzle, stalls run by local community members, performances and a raffle will be held on the day plus a winner will be announced for our kids colouring competition that is currently running.

ACO - Marwoods Serenade

Date: 27 November 2014


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

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

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

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

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

LIKE US: Patricia Piccinini - Launch

Date: 28 November 2014

Venue: Laman Street and Civic Park, Newcastle

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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

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

Dream On Dreamer

Date: 30th November 2014

Venue: Small Ballroom, Newcastle

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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

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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

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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

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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/

Classics on the Boardwalk: Lights, Camera, Action!

Date: 5 December 2014

Venue: Honeysuckle Promenade, Newcastle

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

Variety Santa Fun Run

Date: Sunday 7th December 2014

Venue: Fountain at Harbour Square Honeysuckle, Newcastle

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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)


Date: 11 December 2014

Venue: The Small Ballroom

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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

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

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

Events February 2015

Baden Pailthorpe: Art Exhibition

Date: 7 February - 26 April 2015

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

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

Feminism: Art Exhibition

Date: 7 February - 26 April 2015

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

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

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars

Date: 28 February 2015

Venue: King Edward Park

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

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

Events March 2015

Hamilton Food and Music Festival

Date: 1 March 2015

Venue: Beaumont Street

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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.

Capital and Country: Art Exhibition

Date: 7 March - 31 May 2015

Venue: Newcastle Art Gallery

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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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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