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This Is Not Art Festival

28th September - 1st October 2017

First details of This is Not Art 2017 have today been released to the public, with locals and visitors encouraged to save the date for the free October long weekend arts festival. This year's program features extravagant singalongs, performance lectures, blogging, poetry, gaming, cartooning, a spelling bee, dance, roving artist talks, witchcraft, drama, comedy, song writing and more. With a focus on engaging with the local community, activating venues across the CBD and blurring the boundaries between writing, performance, visual arts and critical thinking, This is Not Art 2017 will offer an array of workshops, panels, performances and special events for those interested in exploring thought-provoking contemporary arts. Festival Producer Christina Robberds said This is Not Art (TiNA) will run from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October and will celebrate Newcastle as a first-rate creative city. "We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and we really want people who haven't been to the festival before to come along and be inspired," Ms Robberds said. "There will be more than 150 sessions as part of This is Not Art 2017 and they're all free. This is such a valuable opportunity for people to experience the joy of the performance, writing and interactive art installations right here in Newcastle," she said. "The festival has become an integral part of the nation's arts calendar. Artists from around the country converge on Newcastle to share ideas, meet like-minded creative collaborators, and test work in a safe and supportive environment." Anyone can attend the free festival, and tickets aren't required. For program updates, follow This is Not Art on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TINAFestival/) and on Instagram (@thisisnotart).

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