This Is Not Art expands for 21st edition

NEWCASTLE’S This is Not Art (TiNA), now 21 years old, has revealed its full program of events and it’s looking good. 

The 2018 festival will see 190 events held across multiple Newcastle CBD venues between September 27 and 30. 

Festival highlights include an interactive circus house, readings by the sea, street events, a daily print-on-demand TiNA newspaper, master classes, workshops and even a wedding extravaganza.

TiNA is really three festivals in one and includes: National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack X Festival and Critical Animals.

However, this year the co-presenters will be joined by special guests WE DONT DANCE – a Newcastle-based music and collaborative arts collective connecting audiences with a fresh selection of local talent.

Festival producer Christina Robberds said this year’s TiNA featured a number of cross-festival collaborations and a smaller footprint with many venues centred around Civic Park in the heart of the city.

“This is Not Art provides a platform for new voices to present new work and new ideas,” Ms Robberds said. 

“In 2018, festival co-presenters have collaborated on a number of events, offering audiences access to new experiences, experimental performance works and the opportunity to engage with emerging writers, poets, artists, researchers and performers.”

Re-introducing music and collaborative arts to TiNA will bring greater local involvement in the festival, Ms Robberds said. 

“WE DON’T DANCE will be programming in collaboration with Crack X and Critical Animals this year,” she said.

“You can expect musical interactions with gallery spaces and artworks and a party that will knock your socks off.”


TiNA Takeover - Critical Animals and Crack X, alongside Special Guests WE DON'T DANCE will pop up in the Gallery presenting installation art, poetry performances, live music and more. Laman Street will be buzzing with more TINA events next door at the Library, presented by NYWF.

ART HOUSE –  Crack X joins forces with Softys, a home turned maker space in Islington to bring audiences an immersive and intimate evening of circus, poetry, music and performance.  

 NYWF Zine Fair - one of the world’s longest running contemporary zine fairs, taking place in the Newcastle City Library.

Collab Party – NYWF, Crack X and WE DON’T DANCE will join forces to present the official festival Saturday night party featuring live music, DJs, and projections at Watt Space Gallery.

To view the full event program visit: