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Events November 2014

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.

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

Events December 2014

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

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

Bush Adventure Day at Hunter Wetlands Centre

Date: 14 January 2015

Contact Details: 

Bookings essential – 4951 6466

Kids can blow off some steam and get their nature fix with holiday activities held during January - Bush Adventure Day or Wriggly Wetlander Day. Both are extremely popular with the Bush Adventure Day offering kids 9 – 12yrs damper making, learn about Bush foods at the Bush Tucker Garden and try their hand at building a bush shelter. Cost $20 per child.

Wriggly Wetlanders at Hunter Wetlands Centre

Date: 14 January 2015

Contact Details: 

Bookings essential - 4951 6466

For the younger set, the Wriggly Wetlanders sessions offer kids 5 - 8yrs a fun wetlands ramble followed by engaging & creative craft activities. Both the Bush Adventure and Wriggly Wetlanders sessions cost $20 per child and include a reptile talk. Cost $20 per child.

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.

Wriggly Wetlanders at Hunter Wetlands Centre

Date: 19 January 2015

Contact Details: 

Bookings essential - 4951 6466

For the younger set, the Wriggly Wetlanders sessions offer kids 5 - 8yrs a fun wetlands ramble followed by engaging & creative craft activities. Both the Bush Adventure and Wriggly Wetlanders sessions cost $20 per child and include a reptile talk. Cost $20 per child

Bush Adventure Day at Hunter Wetlands Centre

Date: 20 January 2015

Contact Details: 

Bookings essential - 4951 6466

Kids can blow off some steam and get their nature fix with holiday activities held during January - Bush Adventure Day or Wriggly Wetlander Day. Both are extremely popular with the Bush Adventure Day offering kids 9 - 12yrs damper making, learn about Bush foods at the Bush Tucker Garden and try their hand at building a bush shelter. Cost $20 per child.

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

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

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.