WORD BENDER will be hitting The Lock-Up with a focus on spoken word, poetry, unexpected encounters, music and text-based creative practice.
The event is set to transform the city's old police station and lock-up into a dynamic and festival-like space, exploding with performance, celebration and discovery.
The Bender has become a much loved annual feature of The Lock-Up’s program.
“It promises to be an immersive experience, this two-day interdisciplinary feast will feature invited headline acts and local artists,” event organisers said.
“A celebration of collaboration, the Bender is a time for experimentation, exploration and getting twisted.”
Saturday night will be jammed pack with performance artists, animators, projections, translations, hip-hop grooves and even a poetic boxing match between Newcastle’s very own Word Hurl Anti-slam and the Maitland Versus.
Multi-media party crew Palace will be taking over the main gallery on Saturday night to install the powers of disco beats and a visual feast.
Sunday afternoon will have a more chilled vibe and is suited to all ages.
It will feature a very special daytime edition of Speech Night, a preview of new work from the Tantrum Youth Arts Trajectory Ensemble, a comedy show written in one hour, poetry of the heart, hip-hop grooves and the adventures of Candyboi Detective.
The weekend will also feature the launch of the 7th Edition of The Line, a local periodical publication of short stories, poetry, and art.
It’s on September 23 and 24, at The Lock Up, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle.
Entry is free.