What is Crack?

Looking to apply for Crack 2014 but want to know more about us first?

Crack Theatre Festival is for contemporary performance makers. Crack is part of This is Not Art (TiNA) – a yearly experimental and emerging arts festival held in Newcastle which incorporates Critical Animals, National Young Writers’ Festival, and Electrofringe.

Crack began in 2007, originally as part of the National Young Writers’ Festival, as a way to include writing for performance at TiNA. It branched out as an independent festival in 2009. Crack is an ever-expanding national contemporary performance festival, presenting a vast range of experimental and interdisciplinary work spanning theatre, film, physical performance, music, stand-up comedy, and even work that doesn’t have a genre yet. Crack occupies abandoned spaces, seeking to reactivate and revitalise forgotten parts of Newcastle. In the spirit of taking risks, we ask our artists and audiences to step out of a traditional theatre setting.

Free to attend, and run by a team of practicing artists, Crack provides a safe space for artists to test new material in development, tour existing work, engage with the wider arts community, and provide opportunities for professional development. Attending artists access a national network of skills, experience and opportunities that they take home with them and bring back the next year. These artists will shape the future of Australian arts practice, and they require a national conference where that future can be collectively developed and imagined.

What Is Crack

Crack is a place to TALK | MAKE | WORK. Crack’s performance showcase brings diverse participants together in an active festival environment. As well as discussing and debating their practice in panels and forums at the festival, the master class series provides professional development with established practitioners. Attending artists often leave feeling inspired, connected and ready to start new works.

Crack Theatre Festival 2014: Get friendly
In 2014, we will continue to nurture and grow the Crack community by focussing on what we can do to support each other, and our audiences. This will be manifested in panels on accessible arts, supporting our own and colleagues mental health, and building a sense of community across the festival through non-wanky meet and greets, promoting discussion and connections.