2016 Program is Live!

Crack Theatre Festival 2016 Program is NOW LIVE!

Online and ready to go Crack Theatre Festival’s full program is now ready for your perusing and planning needs – the wait is over! Map out your ultimate Crack Theatre Festival experience with over 60 events across the long weekend,  29 September – 2 October 2016 in Newcastle, NSW as part of This is Not Art (TiNA).

This year Crack Theatre Festival will continue to do what it does best: celebrate and support awesome and experimental performance. Continuing to activate multiple unique venues across Newcastle, the Festival is engaging with local businesses to bring locals, artists and out of town enthusiasts together for the freshest, funniest, funkiest festival yet.  For free!

To keep the Festival at the forefront of emerging artist support, Co-Artistic Directors Kate McDowell and Nikki Kennedy have initiated new programs to debut at the Festival this year that give new projects room to flourish and encourage collaboration across artforms.

Through small Works in Progress showings and facilitated discussions across the weekend, the 2016 Festival will support five big ideas in early stages of development, offering the space and mentorship to dig deep into the guts of these new and ambitious projects.

In a collaboration of epic proportions, MAKE! ART! NOW! sees artists from TiNA co-presenters National Young Writers’ Festival and Critical Animals join forces with Crack Theatre Festival artists to write, perform, and reflect upon a new work over a few short hours during the Festival. Mimicking the ‘fast art’ trend, MAKE! ART! NOW! invites artists to respond to the topic of ‘New Myths’ and build on creative discussions taking place TiNA-wide.

Satisfying the primal urge for coffee and chats in the morning, TiNA TALKS are a series of casual discussions facilitated by Crack Theatre Festival and featuring artists from across the full TiNA program. Delving into and deconstructing topics popping up across the whole weekend such as: Art and Environment, Art and Gender, and Art and Mythology, TiNA TALKS are an exciting way to start your Festival day.

Programmed in direct response to an overwhelming majority of female applicants, and in reaction to the absurd question ‘Where are the Women?’, HYSTERIA shows you exactly where. On Saturday 1 October, the Festival will give over an entire day of programming to the talented, varied, powerful work being produced by awesome female and female-identifying artists in the emerging and experimental arts scene. HYSTERIA continues into the evening with a musical shindig featuring Casio Gloria and DJ Pink Noise. Everyone’s invited to dress as their favourite female superhero or just wear their underpants on the outside.

Supporting artists from each State and Territory in Australia, the Setting the Stages initiative will bring eight brand new works to the Festival for the third year with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts. Exploring technology, personal storytelling, bilingual performance, immersive installations and more, these works are an eclectic and vibrant showcase of artists from around the country.

Across the weekend, all are welcome to hone their skills and gain unfiltered insight into the minds of artists and industry leaders through a variety of Workshops and Master classes.

So what are you waiting for? With over 60 events brought to you by over 70 artists popping up in 13 non-traditional performance spaces across Newcastle, you’d better get planning.

What: Crack Theatre Festival 2016
Dates: 29 September – 2 October, 2016
Where: Various venues across Newcastle as part of This is Not Art Festival
Cost: All events free
Web: www.cracktheatrefestival.com
Additional Information: www.thisisnotart.org


For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:
Bri Zammit, Associate Producer
0406 068 124

The Setting the Stages initiative is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. 

This is Not Art is produced in collaboration with Octapod and features co-presenters National Young Writers’ Festival and Critical Animals.