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New Annual is City of Newcastle’s inaugural arts festival. Spanning ten days and activating venues across the city, the festival will feature local and visiting artists sharing music, dance, contemporary performance and visual art in a celebration of creativity.

Initially the inaugural festival was planned to be held between September and October 2020.  However, the impact of COVID-19 restrictions under the NSW Government Public Health Order, saw the inaugural festival postponed until February 2021.  New Annual will return in September – October 2021 for its second event, and then remain in this period annually. 

The vision of New Annual is to put Newcastle on the radar nationally and internationally, as a creative city where exciting, ambitious and accessible contemporary art and culture grow and thrive.  Join us to explore and discover our creative city during the New Annual Festival.

Visit the festival website for more information about the festival, local and touring artists that are involved, details on our city’s cultural institutions, and information on visiting Newcastle and how to get involved with New Annual.