Funding support for live events across Newcastle

Councillor Carol Dunan, performer Hannah Indigo, Queer and Now’s Jasmine-Fletcher and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

A new initiative will see emerging performers work with experienced professionals to deliver live events in suburban parks across Newcastle.

City of Newcastle is offering opportunities for emerging creatives who will present live music and performances at eight events held in Gregson Park, Centennial Park, Jesmond Park and Lambton Park on weekends throughout January.

“It’s been a challenging time for the performing arts sector and live music industry in Newcastle, with many artists and performers out of work for several months,” said Kathleen Hyland, City of Newcastle Interim Director Strategy and Engagement.

“City of Newcastle is committed to putting our support behind these industries by activating the suburbs and creating opportunities for live outdoor entertainment this summer, in a bid to bring the community back together safely.

“I hope people get a boost from visiting their local park, joining with friends and family and enjoying the energy and atmosphere of live performances while supporting Newcastle’s cultural scene.”

Event producer Jasmine Fletcher, from Queer and Now, said the group is looking forward to working with local not-for-profit arts organisation Octapod and City of Newcastle to deliver creative performances showcasing local talent.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for our local performing arts industry following months of lockdown,” Fletcher said.

“We’ve curated a stellar line-up of local talent from poets, hula-hoopers to stilt walkers, and can’t wait to see them perform live in front of a crowd this summer.”