What’s On In Newcastle: Art, Hip-Hop & A Film Festival!

Dialectrix at The Great Northern

Friday 27 April

Real Film Festival

The inaugural Real Film Festival is set to illuminate Newcastle between April 27-29. A combination of new & existing feature film screenings, industry workshops and a short film competition, the Real Film Festival has been created to foster the art of storytelling real events through film. Workshops include: Basics of Producing, Script Writing, Sound Design for Film and Television, Animation and Compositing, Camera & Lighting for Film and Television, Mobile/Portable Filmmaking and Special Effects Makeup and Prosthetics.

For more info see www.realfilmfestival.com.au

Newcastle Art Space

Newcastle is once again lucky to have Shelley Cornish presenting an exhibition of her recent works after recently completing 5 years of study in ‘Fine Arts’. When asked about her work Cornish recently said “… I am a people watcher. I look at posture, movement and fashion. I’m interested in the theatrical pageantry of life. How a moment can be interpreted by the viewer in many different ways. I love colour and strong characters that show relationships, intimacy, love, loss of love, sexuality and loneliness, human characteristic of all people”.

Jayney Carter explores the beauty of our landscape using the vibrancy of silk as a surface in an exhibition of Conceptual Australian Landscape paintings. From very early in her life, Jayney was a keen environmentalist with a deep respect for the natural world. The work in this exhibition captures scenes from throughout Australia. Jayney paints on silk to represent the fragility of our Australian landscape and soil.

Both of these exhibitions will be displayed at the Newcastle Art Space at 246 Parry Street, Hamilton East. For more information on these artists, see The Newcastle Art Space website or Shelley Cornish   Art.

Saturday 28 April

Phil Emmanuel & Pete Hawkes @ Lizottes

This is a special concert -a special show featuring gorgeous strings and Australia’s finest electric guitar virtuoso Phil Emmanuel. This will be an unforgettable night where Pete and Phil trade electric and acoustic axes behind a background of wonderful strings to Pete’s beautiful music. This will have all of Pete’s great songs with lush orchestration and will also provide a show of guitar virtuosity and variety that you will not see anywhere else. This show also includes trumpet extraodinaire Dane Laboyrie who has played with The Ed Wilson Big Band, The Cat Empire, Klimax, Alberto Alvarez, Alexander Abreu, Leroy Jones, Errol Buddle, and Bob Barnard, James Morrison, Ian Cooper, John Morrison’s Big Band just to name a few. Be prepared for beautiful classical music, great songs tinged with melancholy and irony, sizzling hot electric, Fast Jigs and Reels, beautiful airs, hot thumping ragtime, unusual Jazz and even Russian music covering the full spectrum of music by one of Australia’s greatest composers. One show only, the last chance to see Australia’s greatest musical talent in a rare combination in the same show. Be quick tickets will sell fast on this one!

See here for more info & tickets

Dialectrix & Ellesquire @ The Great Northern

Back to tear up the stage in 2012 is Sydney’s finest M.C Dialectrix. Fresh off the release of his soul laden, technologically themed single ‘New Generation’ Dialectrix is hitting the road to showcase his heralded flow and uniquely kinetic live experience.

Dialectrix is a veteran on the mic whose live show comprises high energy party anthems mixed with thoughtful social criticisms. The live wire word smith is hitting stages as part of his ‘New Generation’ East coast tour. Come and witness a master in his element at The Great Northern Hotel with special guest performances by Ellesquire and Rainman & Calski (Brisbane).

Doors open @ 8pm, see here for tickets.

Stonefield @ The Cambridge

Their last 12 months has resembled a downhill speed‐race that encompassed three continents, appearances at the biggest music festivals in the UK and Australia, a cast that includes The Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs and a non‐stop touring schedule. With their new single Bad Reality in the can and awaiting a final spit and polish before being unleashed, Stonefield are in game‐on mode and busily preparing to tread the boards in a way that only they can! The Bad Reality Tour will be a non‐stop East Coast rock-and-roll rollercoaster ride that will see Stonefield headlining their handpicked support cast including up and coming garage dwellers The Delta Riggs and untamed Melbourne hair‐waggers Kingswood.

It’s been nine months since their previous single, the triple j Hottest 100 entrant Blackwater Rising first hit the airwaves, and Bad Reality wont disappoint! Recorded by Melbourne rock Svengali Lindsay Gravina at Birdland Studio (where Gravina helped craft seminal Australian rock records by The Living End, Spiderbait, Magic Dirt, Jet and British India) it is an organ fuelled tour‐de‐force led by the soulful growl of Amy Findlay over a foot stomping beat. Bad Reality will tear your speakers apart!

Doors open @ 8pm, see here for more info and tickets.

Sunday 29 April

El Caballo Blanco, “The Dance of the White Stallions”

The magnificent white stallions of Spain are dancing their way to Newcastle on Sunday 29th  April, 2012 for 1 show only! The fully choreographed arena spectacular El Caballo Blanco: The Dance of the White Stallions will be performed at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre at 2pm. 

The show is led by world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser who, with the experiences of seven generations, has recreated an event only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain.

The horses of Spain are some of the most celebrated in history, favoured for centuries by European royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures. Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers will feature in authentic vibrant costumes accompanied by the mellow notes of a guitar to bring the sights and sounds of Spain a heartbeat away.

See here for more info & tickets

Tuesday 01 May


The original international phenomenon RIVERDANCE returns to Australia for THE FAREWELL TOUR. A thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance, RIVERDANCE has tapped its way onto the world stage since its inception in 1994, has thrilled more than 22 million people in over 300 venues worldwide throughout 32 countries across four continents, and has grossed over US$1.6 billion worldwide. Few shows have touched audiences like RIVERDANCE. The show focuses on the evolution of Irish dance and its similarities with, and influences on, other cultures. The phenomenon of RIVERDANCE draws on Irish traditions and combines the richness of the music with the magic and sensuality of the dance.

RIVERDANCE features 31 performers including the remarkable Irish Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians, and an impressive array of talents from around the globe, all performing to composer Bill Whelan’s enchanting Grammy Award-winning music and lyrics.

Performances run from the 1-6 May. See here more details on times and tickets.

Wednesday 02 May

Krafty Kuts (UK)

DJ Krafty Kuts is currently touring Australia and will be playing at King Street Hotel Wednesday the 2nd of May! Doors open from 9pm and it only costs $10. It will be a great night and it’s student night as well so it will be cheap drinks out in Newcastle !

Eliza Kate & Matt McLaren, Meags Hills, Missing Myrtle, Phillip Braken

If you feel like a nice and relaxing evening, come down to Lizottes this wednesday 2nd of May to listen to  live and local music! Tickets are $15 and available from the venue.


Pigeon will also be playing wednesday the 2nd of May @ The Cambridge Hotel from 8pm and entry is free!

Skye is the editor of Urban Insider & Account Manager @ Sticky in Newcastle. She keeps fit with Muay Thai & can’t live without her tunes! Her other interests involve cricket, NRL, shoes & the general coastal lifestyle.

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