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Surfest ONshore

Surfest ONshore logoNewcastle – home to the largest surfing festival in the Southern Hemisphere – is making a splash both on and off the water this month to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Surfest.

From the water to the water's edge and across Newcastle, Surfest ONshore is a celebration of surfing, movies, music and much more. Highlights include the screening of iconic 'Surf Flicks' on the big screen at Honeysuckle; a curated tour detailing the making of Aussie rock legends in The Making of Midnight Oil Exhibition; an outdoor concert featuring Jim Moginie's Electric Guitar Orchestra and Rob Hirst's iconic blues group Backsliders; an evening Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk; and even a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest line of surfboards.

The Surfest ONshore program was developed to complement Surfest's traditional activities on the water and to celebrate an iconic event that champions Newcastle's surfing heritage.

Surfest hosts a colossal 800 plus national and international competitors, and what better way to start Surfest's ONshore activities than to attempt a Guinness World Record for the longest line of surfboards on Nobbys Beach? We have a superb sporting lineage – most recently seen in the launch of It's ON! in Newcastle and The Hunter, and Surfest's ONshore activities are as much about celebrating the city as they are about celebrating our surf culture and the men and women who make it all possible.

Newcastle is aiming for 500 surf boards to beat the current record of 398 held by the Port Noarlunga in Adelaide. Registrations are open to all and each participant on the day will receive a special Guinness World Record t-shirt and a $50 voucher for Jay's Travel.

To register to participate in Newcastle's Guinness World Record attempt click here

Surfest ONshore Program

Date

Time     

Item  

Venue    

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Sunday
15th Feb 2015
from 0730 Guinness World Record attempt for the longest line of surfboards Nobbys Beach Newcastle is attempting to break a Guinness World Record to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Surfest!
Newcastle needs lots of boards – 500 of them, in fact. The longest line of surfboards currently consists of 398 surfboards and measures 783.5 metres. It was achieved by the City of Onkaparinga at Port Noarlunga Beach in Adelaide on 14 December 2013.
The City of Newcastle is hoping to smash the current World Record, aiming for 500 surfboards in a continuous line.
Participants MUST register their participation on the Visit Newcastle website
FREE
Monday
16th Feb 2015
1830 - 2100 Surf flicks Honeysuckle
Outdoor LED Screen
at the Dockyard Hotel
1830 – 1930: Matt Zarb & DJ Guy
1930 – 2000: Surfest Highlights
2000 – 2100: Movie - Deus Ex Machina – I had too much to dream last night
FREE
Tuesday
17th Feb 2015
To
17th March 2015
Newcastle Museum Opening Hours Surfest Photographic Exhibition Newcastle Museum
Link Gallery
A collection of 20 photographs, all submitted by members of the community depicting the history of surfing and Surfest in Newcastle. FREE
Tuesday
17th Feb 2015
1830 - 2200 Surf flicks Honeysuckle
Outdoor LED Screen
at the Dockyard Hotel
1830 – 1930: IVI & DJ Guy
1930 – 2000: Surfest Highlights
2000 – 2100: Movie - Point Break
FREE
Wednesday
18th Feb 2015
1830 - 2200 Surf flicks Honeysuckle
Outdoor LED Screen
at the Dockyard Hotel
1830 – 1930: James Bennett & DJ Guy
1930 – 2000: Surfest Highlights
2000 – 2100: Movie - Immersion
FREE
Thursday
19th Feb 2015
1830 - 2200 Surf flicks Honeysuckle
Outdoor LED Screen
at the Dockyard Hotel
1830 – 1930: Dylan & DJ Guy
1930 – 2000: Surfest Highlights
2000 – 2100: Movie - Storm Riders
FREE
Friday
20th Feb 2015
1100 Curated tour of The Making of Midnight Oil Exhibition. Newcastle Museum Hear the stories behind the objects and find out how this amazing exhibition was developed.
Hosted by Midnight Oils drummer Rob Hirst and Manly Art Gallery and Museum's exhibition curator Ross Heathcote.
$20 per person
Booking essential: 4974 1401
(places are limited)
Friday
20th Feb 2015
1900 - 2200 Outdoor Concert
Electric Guitar Orchestra and
The Backsliders
Honeysuckle at Worth Place Park 1900 – 2000: Electric Guitar Orchestra
2000 – 2030: Interval
2030 – 2200: Backsliders
The Backsliders + Electric Guitar Orchestra
A special event in support of the 'Making of Midnight Oil' exhibition, Newcastle Museum
The names Hirst/Moginie sit side by side on the credits for Midnight Oil's best known hits in the manner of so many great songwriting partnerships. The two are founding members of the band's earliest incarnation 'Farm' having first got together as schoolboys in Year 10, rehearsing in Moginie's upstairs bedroom. In those days the set list was an eclectic mixture of blues, pop and covers based on the band's earliest musical influences.
From those early musical beginnings, 'The Oils' evolved into a surf band on Sydney's northern beaches, playing their first gigs in Newcastle as early as 1978 until eventually conquering the world stage with international hits like Beds are Burning.
Nowadays Hirst and Moginie manage to indulge their love for a wide range of musical genres and keep their songwriting and performance skills honed by playing in various bands separately and together.
Drummer/vocalist Hirst gives his love of the blues a full work out as Dom Turner's long standing partner in festival favourites 'The Backsliders' while Moginie's musical collective the 'Electric Guitar Orchestra' is a showcase for his incredible guitar playing and composition skills
Fans will have an opportunity to see both bands perform in a special event brought to you by Surfest ONshore activities on Friday 20 February at 7pm following the launch at Newcastle Museum of the exciting new exhibition 'The Making of Midnight Oil'.
FREE
Friday
20th Feb 2015
To
10th May 2015
Newcastle Museum opening hours 'The Making of Midnight Oil' Exhibition Newcastle Museum The band that inspired a generation is the focus of a stunning exhibition coming to Newcastle in 2015.
Discover the power and the passion of Australian band Midnight Oil in a captivating exhibition at Newcastle Museum.
The Making of Midnight Oil examines the iconic band's impact on social and cultural history across a 40 year period. The exhibition is jam packed with 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.
The Making of Midnight Oil was developed by Manly Art Gallery and Museum.
3 & Under – FREE
Child - $4
Concession - $5
Adult - $7
Family - $15

You can also book online via Ticketek (booking fees may apply).

Saturday
21st Feb 2015
1600 - 2115 Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk Honeysuckle Precinct The Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk marks the conclusion of the It's ON in Newcastle Summer activities for 2015 and Newcastle Rotary Clubs invite you to join in this special event to celebrate Chinese New Year and Light up Newcastle with red lanterns. Purchase a lantern and join in the celebrations at the Honeysuckle Precinct including the Lantern Walk, Lion dances, Dragon Boat Races, Tug Boat Ballet and Fireworks at 9pm.
The funds raised from lantern sales will assist with the purchase of a new mini transport bus for Newcastle Mission to Seafarers.
www.lightupnewcastle.com.au
FREE

Lantern Cost:
Small paper lanterns (10cm) $5
Large red nylon lanterns (30cm) $10